eBid is the second most popular site in the UK, with over four million auctions running in more than 11,000 categories. It has been winning new fans in droves with its combination of low fee structures, thriving forums and good customer support. Visit eBid.
CQ Out (pronounced ‘seek you out’) has been running since 1999 and gives free listings in return for a one-off registration fee of £2. The last time I checked, the site contained almost two million listings and it assured me it really does look after its customers, though it could do with updating its blog and newsletters, which seem to be stuck in 2008. Visit CQ Out.
Preloved is dedicated to secondhand and vintage items, and has a wonderful selection of items among the favourites on its front page, including a shoulder bag in the shape of The Magic Roundabout’s Dougal, a 1960s fruit machine, a narrow boat and a gypsy caravan. It has a blog and Facebook page dedicated to all things secondhand, and private ads are entirely free. Visit Preloved.
Specialist Auctions, as the name suggests, is committed to the rare, vintage and collectible with categories including Ethnic, Spiritual and Pagan, and Weird and Unusual, which on a recent viewing contained a Val Doonican album, a variety of strange artefacts from Peru and a hideous skeleton ashtray. Fees are low and if you are wondering what to charge for your treasures, there is a link to Value My Stuff, which offers antiques valuations for a set fee. Visit Specialist Auctions.
Want to make sure you are getting the best deal? Auction Lot Watch describes itself as a MetaSearch engine which searches nine sites for your choice of item, compares the prices and, if necessary, bids for the item on your behalf. It offers a free sniping service to grab last-minute bids, and a useful list of all the available auctions operating in the UK. Visit Auction Lot Watch.