Seems that for several years now, I have been reading of disgruntled sellers leaving eBay to set up shop on Amazon. So much so, that leaving eBay, and kicking the door closed, seems to have become the in-thing. There are even ex-eBayers writing “How To” books.
Well, I do not doubt for a minute that there are a lot of sellers who, in recent years, have left eBay. eBay is evolving, and change always rankles those who are established in their ways. People just dislike change, that is our nature.
Furthermore, several of those eBay changes, perhaps all of the major ones, have been quite seller unfriendly. Consequently, many eBay sellers have rightfully left eBay, simply because their business models require that they should.
What are the eBay evolutionary changes? Well, some chide that eBay is trying to become more like Amazon. And, in a sense, that assessment is correct. eBay has moved towards becoming a marketplace for the purchase of fixed-price commodities (like Amazon), as opposed to being principally an auction marketplace. Consequently, the small auction seller no longer enjoys the same status as they did in eBay’s early days.
The purpose of this article is to attempt to identify and to understand the differences between eBay and Amazon. And, ultimately to answer this question – based upon your business model, should you be selling on eBay or Amazon?
We will get to their differences in a moment, but first here is a quick answer to the above question: if your business model permits, and you can reconcile the operating and pay with ethereum amazon philosophical differences between selling on eBay and Amazon, then sell on both. Your goal is not to assign loyalty to one marketplace or the other, but to develop as many successful selling channels as possible.
Why? Because your long-term financial security is best served by multi-channel selling. Which is otherwise known as, not putting all your eggs into one basket, especially when you do not own the basket. Indeed, your main selling channel should be neither Amazon nor eBay; but instead, your own eCommerce website – an exclusive marketing place that you own and control.
Okay, back to eBay and Amazon. Here are the differences, and this will take a while, because the two marketplaces are dissimilar in many ways.
To begin, think of eBay as an indoor shopping mall. On the ground floor, you will find the typical independently operated stores. But, on the mezzanine there are no stores, just tables full of merchandise. In this analogy, the mall stores are similar to the eBay stores, while the mezzanine represents the auction aspect of eBay. In your store, you own the merchandise, determine it’s advertising and display, and receive support and promotion from the mall owner.
Now, for Amazon. Think of Amazon as being more like a Walmart super center. Here, figuratively speaking, you must compete for shelf space. And, your little space is entirely surrounded by your competitors. Furthermore, even Walmart may decide to begin competing against you with their house brand. Amazon also provides store space, but it is practically invisible to shoppers.
In a nutshell, here is the operational difference between eBay and Amazon. On eBay, you are the second-party (seller), while eBay operates as a third-party (marketplace). On Amazon, the roles somewhat reverse; now Amazon is the second-party (seller and marketplace), while you are a third-party (seller). In either marketplace, the customer is always the first-party.