I try to support Sella by listing there first. But the last time I tried, I paid the few cents for a prominent listing, and got zero views. Negative return. Then listed it on Trademe, paid extra for a prominent listing, and sold it for well above the reserve. Excellent return.
Technically Trademe may not be a monopoly, but effectively it is.
I sell on both trademe & sella. I use listing software so the text is exactly the same, the listings are automatically renewed immediately when they expire, and I have reduced prices on sella to take into account the listing fees/commission on trademe. In the last 12 months I have sold 113 items on trademe and 3 items on sella - says it all really.
The count so far - three against, six for, + one kind of neutral/maybe + one on the positive side of neutral.
Good point about low returns paying for additional options on Sella in at least one category. The downer with Sella as it stands is buyers are far less likely to browse in most categories because of the huge proportion of brand new/professionally listed items. Buyers arrive, search, and leave. As it stands, browsing is an activity with low returns in many categories for buyers looking for bargains on second hand items. Those are the buyers likely to buy new items as well.
That 113 to 3 ratio is a good marker to keep an eye on. That is obviously for new items only but still a good proxy for activity of some kind.
Let's call that 3.67% and see where that is in 6/12 months. Anyone else got a ratio or percentage comparison for automatically listed items in the last 12 months?