When you think about shopping for used goods, eBay would likely come to mind before Amazon. But a recent discussions on the Amazon boards raised some interesting points about which was the better venue for selling used goods.
It seems to be the case that, at least for electronics such as cameras and camera gear, sellers are doing well selling used on Amazon. Note that Amazon does not allow
the sale of used goods in certain categories, such as clothing.
The discussion began after sellers began having problems listing used electronics on Amazon beginning on Friday - specifically, used Sony and Nikon products (see Wednesday's Newsflash article
). The problem cleared up by Sunday, but in the meantime, sellers had plenty to say about the desirability of selling used goods on Amazon.
"I don't think the Amazon buyers will be happy about the fact that they have to go to eBay looking for a used Sony camera," a seller wrote. And they feared that if Amazon shoppers had a positive experience there, they would continue buying on eBay.
Another seller noted they sold things that were no longer available as new but were accessories that camera buffs needed.
Many said they were shocked Amazon would give eBay such sales on a platter when they thought the problems listing used electronics was a deliberate move by Amazon.
However, one seller said they wished Amazon would stop selling used electronics and sell only factory-manufacturer refurbished or open-box, in addition to new.
This weekend's incident may have been some sort of glitch, or, as some seem to believe, a sign of things to come on Amazon in terms of future restrictions.
What do you think about buying and selling used goods on Amazon versus eBay, or elsewhere?