Flippa vs Ebay
Flippa Blog recently posted about the difference between Flippa.com and
Ebay.com and why would Flippa.com is the best alternative compared to
Ebay.com in terms of selling and buying websites. Below is some key points
highlighted in their post.
For Website Buyers
: No validation has occurred on eBay website listings to check that the
seller actually owns the website being sold. Listings don’t go live on
Flippa unless they pass validation.
Limited Search Refinement
: Search refinement on Websites for Sale in eBay is focused on arguably
irrelevant attributes such as Condition (new or used website anyone?),
whether the seller provides free shipping, and the largely irrelevant
“Location”. Website buyers on Flippa have the ability to refine by key
website attributes such as traffic, Google/Alexa rank, site/domain age,
revenue or domain.
Limited Website Details
: When arriving at an auction, prospective website buyers on eBay are
not given readily available website details such as site age or search
engine performance. In fact, most listings struggle to provide the
website’s URL. Flippa only provides details specific for websites or
For Website Sellers
Auction Listing Process is Designed for Fridges
: Sellers on eBay need to find the websites category before entering
generic listing details. There is no ability to add attachments
except for the need to manually upload the website’s screenshot.
Listing on Flippa begins with your domain and then only requests
information specific to websites we get a lot of information
(including the screenshot) for sellers automatically.
Fewer Qualified Buyers
: General merchandise buyers looking for white goods that somehow end
up on your website listing are not the types of buyers to whom you want
to sell given the likely pre- and post-sale overhead. Buyers on Flippa
are only there to buy websites. We also empower website sellers to
manually accept or reject bids on their listings to further qualify
buyers prior to sale.
Lower Sales Rate
: Websites listed on eBay have a reduced chance of selling
successfully. The guys at
Go Beyond MLS
did a study on website sales on eBay about a year ago and found a sales
rate of less than 10%. Our own research shows that this has not changed
much, while Flippa’s sales rate right now sits at 62%.
Any guesses on what the biggest difference is between eBay and Flippa?
Leaving the previous points aside, the biggest difference is that
everyone working here at Flippa eats, breathes and sleeps websites
everyone from our executive team down to the guy who writes the blog
posts. For us, not much else matters.
So while eBay are great for selling a lot of physical goods and doing
some remarkable work in online-to-offline shopping and local commerce,
it’s hard to accept that they’re the go-to destination for buying or
selling websitesthis remains a crown we hold dear here at Flippa, and
something we work hard every day on retaining by doing more to connect
website buyers with website sellers.
As to test out the issue at Ebay.com, I suppose Flippa.com even tested out
if a person can sell Ebay.com at Ebay.com itself.
See the screenshot. Image is from Flippa Blog. The listing at Ebay.com has
sinced been removed. However you can see the cached version here. Just
Google “http://cgi.ebay.com/Ebay-com-sale-/300553691444” and press the
The seller is said to be from Australia (where Flippa is) and the location
of the item (Ebay.com) is at San Jose, California, US (where Ebay is
2145 Hamilton Avenue
San Jose, California 95125
An interesting public stunt I must say. Personally I would have to say
though that specifically for website,domain trading Flippa.com would be the
best option but for selling anything else, Ebay.com has the upperhand. They
have specific Ebay websites for different countries for heavens sake
Seeing as Ebay is now starting to enforce certain policies about selling
digital items (probably from the countless of Scam report etc) it is
possible that they may longer allow domain and website sales. Take note
Paypal.com which is owned by Ebay.com also does not cover chargeback for
digital items etc so its best to take Escrow.com if you are to handle a big
tracsaction online. This service is regardless implemented in Flippa.com
I will talk about this aspect in the After Sales section in Flippa Secret
ebook. Just an update the ebook had to be delayed due to several problems
that I didn’t forsee.
I will update the sidebar for you to download the free Flippa guide ebook
when its completed.
Until the next post, cheerio