I rarely read press releases but for some reason, the press release for Bid Days caught my eye. I guess it’s because I’m fascinated by the online auction market and am always interested in checking out potential competitors for that ‘800 pound auction gorilla’ eBay.
Bid Days is a pretty new site so it’s still getting established. One thing it has going in its favor is free listings (and free re-listings for as long as you want). Free is always good when it comes to listing fees! Corey Kossack, a major powerseller on eBay, has some good points about how eBay listing fees (insertion fees) alone eat into your profit when something has to be re-listed over and over (link here).
Bid Days has an easy to use interface and a nice spiffy clean look. I tested a listing and found it quite easy to list an item. You can set any number of options for your listing and at this point in time, the only fee you will incur will be a flat final value fee (if the item sells) of 3%. There is a one time verification fee of $2.00 and they currently offer a $20 credit for new sellers to sign up.
They also offer storefront accounts (currently free). Bid Days feeds to Froogle, GoogleBase, Bid Find, and Bid Hopper. They also have a bulk listing tool called BootLister which currently offers 25 items per upload. Unlike eBay Turbolister (which is a standalone software product), this is simply a way to use Excel to upload your items.
The downside: not very many buyers! Hopefully the management of Bid Days is working on that and judging by the press release, they are. Best of luck to Bid Days! If you’re looking for techniques on researching online markets such as eBay and Bid Days, check out the Guerrilla eBay Research System.