Many auction websites allow bidders to bid without charge, including eBay, Liquidation.com and uBid. EBay and Liquidation.com do not sell items directly to buyers, but rather provide a well-regulated platform for sellers and buyers; uBid is the seller of the merchandise auctioned on its site.
As of November 2015, eBay is the most popular auction website on the Internet, with billions of items sold. Bidding is free; eBay collects fees from sellers, while winning bidders pay the seller the winning bid plus applicable shipping charges. EBay features tools to assist and protect buyers, such as an escrow service and seller ratings compiled from buyer feedback. Millions of items are listed in hundreds of categories from Antiquities to Weird Stuff.
At Liquidation.com, sellers include retailers, manufacturers, public sector agencies and wholesalers. Merchandise is auctioned in seven categories including Clothing and Accessories, Store Fixtures and Equipment, Consumer Electronics and General Merchandise; products may be new, used, refurbished, pulled from shelves or items returned by customers. A dispute resolution process is provided to protect buyers.
With more than six million members, uBid features products in more than 25 categories, including Computers, Fashion and Travel. Buyers may return items in accordance with policies detailed on uBid's website.