By now we’ve all at least heard of the wildly popular online auction site, eBay, even if we haven’t all used it. That goes without saying. eBay is appealing because it is super user-friendly, but not everyone is satisfied with their terms and conditions. When you buy and sell on a huge auction site like eBay you’re casting a wide net because so many buyers and sellers from around the world use it. You can find almost anything on auction sites your little geek heart desires there, no doubt.
But where are some of the other online auction sites other than eBay for your nerding pleasure?
My Geek Bay
One of the best auction sites is www.MyGeekBay.com. It looks and operates a lot like eBay – as the name suggests – although on a smaller scale. It feels like a shop that might be in your neighborhood, where you know the owner and sellers. If you’re looking to buy or sell using a smaller, more independent business (Veteran owned, FYI), then this could be your new favorite auction site! They do have similar buying and selling fees to eBay, though, so not every listing is free.
eCRATER is one of many online auction sites like eBay, although on a much smaller scale. Like eBay, they sell other items besides geek and gaming pieces. In fact, the similarities do not end there. Everything about eCRATER is familiar, which can be comforting. Like eBay, they have fixed price items as well as auctions, so you don’t always have to wait for an auction to get your hot little hands on the things you want. Signing up for an account for buying is free, but there can a few small fees when you sell an item.
If your geek tastes bend toward gaming, GameGavel.com is definitely a stop you should make on your journey. Game Gavel “was started by gamers for gamers,” and they specialize in games, games, and more games. One great feature of GG is how they catalog their items, giving a buyer immediate access to find what they are looking for. They also have an abundant selection of unique and vintage games. Unlimited listing and sellers storefronts list for free.
Now, this one is not an auction site. I admit that I’m cheating a little bit, but I promise it’s for a good cause. Facebook Marketplace is an increasingly attractive place for buyers and sellers to buy and sell locally and for free – much like the ubiquitous Craigslist. Facebook Marketplace saves your searches, so if there is something specific that you’re looking for you can get alerts when such an item becomes available. It’s especially convenient if you’re a person that uses Facebook regularly.
Listia is a unique site unto itself. You sign up to buy or sell, and when you sell you get credits that you can use to buy other stuff. It’s easy to navigate and has several sub-headings for games and collectible items that are fun for your nerd self to browse. They even accept Bitcoin, the mere understanding of which earns you prime Millennial finance wonk status if you understand it well enough to explain it to another person. So while it’s not exactly a straight-ahead auction site, it is a novel method of exchanging goods and payment.
If you love thrifting, ShopGoodwill may be for you. Upon first glance it is overwhelming, much like walking into a live Goodwill store – there’s a lot of great crap there, and you have to have the will and the patience to search through the abundance and you can find some prime fun stuff. ShopGoodwill is amazingly well organized in a way that browsing your favorite thrift store is not. You do not have to bid on all the items in a traditional auction site style. There is an option to buy now for some available goods. And there are no buyer or seller fees. Again, this online auction site like eBay doesn’t specialize in gaming or electronic equipment; there are many other wares for sale, but there is plenty of geeky goodness to be found there.