Zillion schmillion - the pretenders to the online auction throne are dying

By tonyhughes Hughes, in , posted: 13-Aug-2007 18:49

Back in October 2006 I blogged about Zillion having very little choice for a common item found on Trademe.

Just for comparison, and for the first time in a long time, I headed off to Zillion, and typed "poker chips" into their quick search box. After finding only 2 listings for poker chips from a total pool of only 33,000 listings altogether (from only 34,600 members), I pretty much walked away.

Lets try that again eh?

Same task, updated for today...

Just for comparison, and for the first time in a long time, I headed off to Zillion, and typed "poker chips" into their quick search box. After finding only 1 listing for poker chips from a total pool of only 31,000 listings altogether (from only 57,000 members), I pretty much walked away.

Crikey!

kevin

Trademe is at over 960,000 listings, and 100 of those come up with a search for poker chips. Not to mention the 64,000 currently online out of 1.7 million active members, vs Zillions pitiful 57,000 members, gawd knows how many of which are Trademe members who created a Zillion account to see what all the fuss was about, but barely use the site.

Now I know there is a lot of moaning about Trademe (and I expect to cop at least a little flack from some of my Geekzone friends that I know are not pro-Trademe) - but really - take it for what it is - I can shop for lots of new/cheap stuff on there, I KNOW I dont necessarily get a warranty or good service, and yes, the selling fees are high, but I know them in advance, and choose to pay them. Why? Because its REALLY REALLY CONVENIENT.

Trademe still rocks, and Zillion has LESS listings than nearly a year ago.

I trawl the tubes now and again on many different topics, and I reckon that most Trademe haters are camping on Zillion, and being vocal on at least one or more internet forums. If I took that number of people, and multiplied it by 10x, to cover the ones that arent vocal, then I reckon about 200 active Trademe haters are using Zillion.

Zillion is a good site (from a design and technical POV).

But...

Zillion has no listings. Zillion has no members. Zillion is dwindling.

Trademe: 2
Zillion: 0


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Comment by Bill Long, on 14-Oct-2007 15:28

Re the Zillion v Trademe comments. Why run down Zillion? I have had good deals on Trademe and on Zillion and have found things on Zillion sometimes that I could not find on Trademe. It does not have to be an either or. I found Zillion slightly more user friendly than Trademe and also appreciate their listing things that people want to buy. Both are good and Trademe is a far larger source of goods.


Author's note by tonyhughes, on 16-Oct-2007 12:08

I didnt run Zillion down at all. I stated several facts, some pure conjecture about what I think is happening to Zillion, and this "Zillion is a good site (from a design and technical POV).".

It would be interesting to know which of my sentences make it appear like I am 'running down' Zillion ?

I do really like the site, but it has failed to reach any kind of useful critical mass for people that want a single site with a lot of choice (which, lets face it, would be the majority of kiwis - proven by membership and auction numbers).


Comment by Harvey, on 13-Nov-2007 19:55

I don't choose to use Zillion, but I like the concept of having competition in any marketplace. Their membership isn't even close to TradeMe's, but then everything on the web is a work in progress. If nothing else, then having sites like Zillion lurking in the wings gives TradeMe an incentive to keep their prices reasonable and make sure they don't piss off their customers.


Comment by Michelle Murillo, on 28-Feb-2008 22:02

highly recommended site is elfingo.com for online auctions. They are the new ebay. Many smaller sites like this offer buyers far better deals than ebay ever could. Buyser also save a ton because this site charges little or nothing depending on the day. One more reaso I like elfingo.com is because they don't take a part of the sale at all. No commissions or final value fees. A+++ http://www.elfingo.com


Comment by Mike Crowl, on 6-Mar-2008 20:54

I've just come across this post, several months after it was written. I think the following sentence does rather run down Zillion: "Zillion has no listings. Zillion has no members. Zillion is dwindling." Be that as it may, Zillion is a site that tries to do something for its members. They're just bringing back free gallery listings, which is great, and they don't have Trade Me's limited number of listings before you start paying more cash out. Sure the sales overall are better on Trade Me, but Zillion is another option, and I swap stuff back and forth between the two all the time. It's rather like having two shops instead of one.


Comment by Apteryx, on 30-Sep-2008 12:20

Too late for Trademe. They have already pissed off so many people with their heavy-handed practices that people are bailing in droves. Just recently they demanded that I update my profile because I didn't have a land line. When I told them I don't have a land line, they said too bad, if you supply one we'll suspend your account in 24 hours. Real nice, TradeMe. As far as I'm concerned they can stick their overpriced fees and fascist dictates.


Comment by Rachel, on 14-Jan-2010 16:32

I have to say I am quite sick of dealing with Trade Me as well, when it first started it was great, nice people nice place to trade, now its just horrible. I ended up disabling my account because I had a few traders who wouldnt follow through on Trades, email me really rude and nasty emails to me and Trade Me would only say sorry but because it was sent to your email we cant help you. My mother wanted to sign up just to sell items and I live in the same house so I didnt think it was a problem but they disabled her too because I had an account with them which is regisitered to her house. What happens if you are flatting, surely all flatmates dont want to share there accounts around.


Comment by Rachel, on 14-Jan-2010 16:33

I have to say I am quite sick of dealing with Trade Me as well, when it first started it was great, nice people nice place to trade, now its just horrible. I ended up disabling my account because I had a few traders who wouldnt follow through on Trades, email me really rude and nasty emails to me and Trade Me would only say sorry but because it was sent to your email we cant help you. My mother wanted to sign up just to sell items and I live in the same house so I didnt think it was a problem but they disabled her too because I had an account with them which is regisitered to her house. What happens if you are flatting, surely all flatmates dont want to share there accounts around.


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