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Starting An Online Business? Reputable Websites To Sell Your Product Online

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By Sue Peterson

Did you know that it’s projected that there will be 300 million online shoppers in the U.S. by 2023? As of today, 69% of all Americans have shopped online and 25% shop online at least once a month. With such a massive online shopping market, it’s important to consider e-commerce when starting a business.

Selling you product online doesn’t have to be overly complicated. This article will help inform you about the top websites to help you make online sales a viable business option—all from the comfort of your home.

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Shopify

Shopify is a popular e-commerce platform offering services for online retailers to market products, engage customers, collect payments, and handle the shipping process. In May 2021, Shopify reported more than 1.7 million businesses in nearly 175 countries.

Cost: $29 monthly for basic plan; additional plans priced at $79 and $299

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Bonanza

Bonanza boasts 35 million different items with over 50,000 sellers. It’s built for entrepreneurs to take the technical expertise out of selling online.

Cost: Based on Final Offer Value (2.5% of the combined dollar value of what the buyer paid plus the portion of the shipping fee that exceeds $10; additional flat fee of 1.5% on amounts over $500)

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Amazon

Amazon, the world’s largest online marketplace, sells over 400 products a minute and is a trusted, well-known website. Originally, an online marketplace for books, it has expanded to include jewelry, toys, food, furniture, apparel, video games, software, electronics and more.

While you’re likely familiar with purchasing on Amazon, you can also get set up as a seller.

Cost: $39.99 monthly fee plus fees for items sold, or an individual seller account if planning to sell less than 40 items a month with no monthly fee and $.99 fee per item plus percentage fees for the category of your product.

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eBay

eBay is described as “the original online selling platform,” originating in 1995. It currently has 1.3 billion listings and 182 million users worldwide.

Cost: A non-refundable fee to list an item, an insertion fee if you decide to list in another category, and a final value fee (approximately 10-12% for most categories) of the price of the item sold, plus a percentage of the shipping fee.

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Etsy

Etsy is considered a lucrative platform for online selling of handmade or vintage items (20+ years old) and craft supplies. With sales of nearly $5 billion yearly, the site gives sellers personal storefronts where they list their goods for fees. There are over 2 million sellers with 40 million+ items.

Cost: $.20 listing fee for each item (good for 4 months), then a 5% transaction fee and a 3% plus $.25 processing fee upon sale. If you charge a separate shipping fee, Etsy takes 5%.

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Chairish

Chairish is a growing online store primarily for high-quality furniture and home décor.

Cost: Listing items is free, but a percentage is paid as a fee depending on the item sale price (20% for first $2,500, 12% of the next $22,500, 3% of the next $15,000). There is an optional Elite service which costs $149 monthly

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Facebook Marketplace

Facebook Marketplace was introduced in October of 2016 by Facebook. The goal is bringing people in communities/areas together to discover, buy, and sell items.

Cost: Free

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Craigslist

Craigslist was originally started to provide information about local happenings in the San Francisco Bay Area and has morphed into a popular online selling site for individuals and businesses. The site is best suited to selling locally and making deals in person.

Cost: Free

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Nextdoor

Nextdoor shares with individual communities and neighbors. There is a free forum to sell online. Users are required to submit their real names and addresses to the website; posts to the website are available only to other Nextdoor members living in the same neighborhood.

Cost: No listing or membership fees

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Conclusion

There are many online sites where you can sell your products without having to make your business website be able to handle eccomerce. Every platform has particular strengths and drawbacks, and the sites listed above are only a small subset of what’s out there. 

Tip: Take some time to research your options further to find the one that will help you increase your sales by moving online!

 

About the Author

Author

Sue Peterson has over 10 years of experience as a freelance writer and editor for hundreds of clients around the world. She is a part-time instructor in the Graduate Education Department of Concordia University after teaching in Wisconsin public schools and abroad for three decades. In her free time, Sue enjoys the solitude of her Northwoods cabin, as well as sailing and gardening.

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