Best Ecommerce Sites 2017-2018


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maybe you’re an individual who likes to buy and resell stuff for a profit on the internet or maybe you have a small business and you want an online storefront or maybe you work for a medium or large sized business and you want to expand your company’s market nationally or internationally through the internet if any of these things ring true for you then you will probably need some ecommerce services and websites to help you sell your products on the Internet in this video I’m going to briefly review the best e-commerce websites I’ve been able to find these are websites that will allow you to either sell your products in a standalone online store or on a global marketplace on the Internet alright let’s get started with the video Craig Newmark started a email list featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area California back in 1995 after which it evolved into a web-based service in 1996 which further expanded into other classified ads over time Craigslist grew and expanded into more US cities and eventually internationally Craigslist now covers 70 countries most of you have probably heard about Craigslist and it might not be the best e-commerce solution in general but if you’re selling the occasional second-hand product it might be useful so it gets an honorary mention in this video recruiting is the largest e-commerce company in Japan and also one of the biggest in the world by revenue in 2012 recruiting began expanding outside Japan through a number of acquisitions and joint ventures they have an e-commerce presence in Japan Taiwan United States Brazil France United Kingdom Spain Austria and Germany as well as a global marketplace at global Rakuten comm companies can easily sell their products on recruiting but they seem more focused on regional sales like Amazon rather than a global marketplace like eBay the recruiting global marketplace website seems to only be for products from companies located in Japan Rakuten has varying payment options based on their regional websites for example on the US website they support credit and debit cards PayPal and even Bitcoin but on the UK website they support only credit and debit cards and other global marketplace they support credit cards PayPal Ali pay and bank transfers Rakuten com the u.s. website has a 33 dollar monthly fee for sellers 8 to 15% Commission fees depending on product category and a $0.99 per item fee these fees include credit card processing as for the other websites the fee structure may be different it C is an American ecommerce website focused on consumer to consumer sales services for handmade and vintage products as well as unique factory made items it was founded in 2005 and by 2014 Etsy had gained 54 million registered users 1.4 million active sellers and nineteen point eight million customers it c is most popular in the US Canada UK and some European countries it has a direct checkout service that supports credit and debit cards Apple pay PayPal ideal for customers in the Netherlands and so forth for customers in Germany there has been some controversy regarding the direct checkout service and PayPal previously Etsy sellers were able to sell directly through their own PayPal account but now the PayPal payment option is integrated with the direct checkout service the payments will go to its ease integrated PayPal account first and then later be transferred to the sellers PayPal this of course means that the seller does not have immediate access to the funds from a purchase as they would if the buyer made a purchase by transferring the money directly to the sellers PayPal account as it was done previously Etsy has a listing fee of 20 pennies or 18 cents if you’re going with euros 3.4% transaction fee for sales and the payment processing fees that can vary depending on your country bigcommerce is an e-commerce company based in Austin Texas in the United States B Commerce allows businesses to set up online stores to sell their products on the Internet they also have an app store and premium customizable themes that store owners can buy and use to improve their storefronts sales channels include branded online stores point-of-sale with a smartphone app Facebook store and Pinterest pins as well as Google trusted stores for pro and enterprise clients B Commerce supports several payment gateways including PayPal part by Braintree stripe Square to checkout and so on but it seems they don’t support Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency gateways like BIP pay or coinbase Bonanza is a us-based ecommerce website focused on unique items their slogan is find everything but the ordinary although you can indeed find ordinary on the site as well Bonanza has been considered an alternative to eBay Bonanza is more focused on individuals as well as small and medium-sized businesses who want to sell their products on the website for example according to tech o pedia sellers on the bananas calm website can save up to 50% on items they wish to purchase based on their own sales the site also offers freebies in which sellers agree to give away certain items with purchases over a certain amount setting up a store is fairly easy and you get a 14 day trial with zero fees for sales during that period sellers display items in a booth on the banana marketplace which has a 3.5 percent sales fee but no listing fee or open up a bonanza Web Store which has no fees but costs around $25 per month to set up sellers on bonanza can also sync up their bonanza items with their storefronts on other ecommerce websites like eBay or Etsy payment options for Bonanza include PayPal checkout by Amazon and credit cards Alibaba Group is a Chinese e-commerce company that runs ecommerce websites which support consumer-to-consumer business the consumer and business to business sales services they basically have two websites Alibaba comm which is more focused on wholesale business-to-business transactions and book orders by consumers their second website is Olli Express comm which is more of a consumer targeted retail website Aliexpress only allows companies from mainland China to sell on their website but Alibaba comm is open to companies from other countries as Alibaba is more focused on wholesale and bulk orders it may not be the best place for small businesses but if you have a medium-sized business that manufactures a product or product it might be something to consider a lot of consumers do buy products from Alibaba mainly from the US Europe Russia and Asian countries but most buyers are other businesses that buy wholesale or products in bulk and then resell them elsewhere I’ve seen a lot of products from Alibaba end up on Amazon or Ebay payment methods for Alibaba include credit cards Ali pay WebMoney which is a Russian payment processor Western Union and bank transfers amazon.com is another us-based ecommerce website and it’s one of the main competitors to eBay although it does not have auction services and is focused on business to consumer sales Amazon was another success of the dot-com bubble era and it’s now a multinational multi-billion dollar corporation with operations in around 15 countries and has over 240 million active users in 2014 which was almost twice as much as eBay had at the time people who use Amazon are mostly from Western countries like the US Canada UK Germany France and so on but it has also expanded into the Asian markets by having a presence in China and India as well Amazon was once mostly a bookstore but it has since evolved into a marketplace where you can buy pretty much any consumer product Amazon accepts most credit and debit cards as payment options but not online payment processors such as PayPal you can check sales fees for amazon.com and other ecommerce websites on sale Cal calm most people who have a computer and an internet connection have probably at least heard of eBay which is one of the biggest online auction and e-commerce websites focused mostly on consumer to consumer or business to consumer sales services eBay was one of the biggest successes of the dot-com bubble and it is headquartered in San Jose California in the United States but it is a multinational corporation with operations in the in over 30 countries and around 150 million active users eBay is mostly used by Americans Canadians Brits Germans and other Western Europeans although I myself have also bought some products from Korean sellers Chinese manufacturers also tend to list their products on eBay as well PayPal is the main payment option on eBay in some listing categories other payment options are also possible such as bank to bank wire transfers checks and money orders there are no listing fees for your first 50 products that you list on eBay with some exceptions but after that it’s around 30 cents per item depending on the category final value fee is 10% of the value of the sale including shipping and on top of that there’s still PayPal transaction fees but the final value fee goes down quite a bit if you buy a a basic or premium Store subscription Shopify is a Canadian ecommerce company founded in 2004 on Shopify businesses can set up their own online stores and sell their products Shopify also has an app store and themes where other developers sell their apps that can be integrated into Shopify store fronts as well as premium themes that can be customized to suit the needs of the business orders Shopify has several ways in which businesses can sell their products such as through a conventional online store by button Pinterest viable pin Facebook shop Twitter links and even offline in real life through a point-of-sale system where the seller can use a smartphone app and a card scanner accessory to accept payments without a merchant account one thing Shopify does not have is a global marketplace like eBay or Amazon where those services already have millions of people browsing their website to search for products to buy however you can just as well use Adwords or Facebook ads to advertise your products and get sales that way odds are if you’re using eBay or some other service you might want to spend something on marketing and advertising anyway Shopify payments are powered by stripe so you don’t need to sign up for merchant accounts on several payment gateways to sell products although they do also support over 70 third-party payment gateways including PayPal Skrill big pay coinbase to checkout and more to wrap things up if you’re someone who is selling secondhand goods or handmade items then eBay Etsy or Bonanza are probably the best choices for you if you just randomly sell use stuff like your old Playstation or TV or whatever then Craigslist or Ebay is probably what you’re looking for if you’re buying and reselling stuff for a profit as a small business then you may want to use eBay or possibly Amazon or Rakuten if you buy the stuff you’re selling at wholesale prices from places like Alibaba if you want to set up a proper storefront on your small or medium-sized business then Shopify or big commerce are probably your best options if you have a larger business and want to sell your products internationally in bulk then Alibaba is something you may want to check out also I might do some more in-depth reviews and set of tutorials and hopefully some interviews of people who have small businesses that sell on some of these platforms which will be linked in the video description and added as suggested video cards when I am able to get them finished and uploaded so be sure to keep an eye out for that all right that’s all I got for this video as always if you have any questions positive feedback or constructive criticism leave it in the comment section below see you again in the next video

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