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Online Stores, Auction Sites and Classified Websites

Online Stores, Auction Sites and Classified Websites

Aug 28, 2013

If you are looking forward to buying a gift for a friend or a family member and want to do your shopping online, you must have asked yourself where to buy online. Also, if you are looking to sell your stuff, you must have wondered where to sell online.  There are many online stores available; some of them offer new products that are bought directly from the website while other websites offer used items that can be provided by the website itself or other users. This following guide will help give you an idea on the best places to buy or sell online.

Craigslist

Craigs list is a classified ad website that has different sections such as personals, housing, jobs, items wanted, gigs, discussion forums and services. Craigslist began its service in 1995 under the name “Craig Newmark”. It started featuring local events in the Bay Area of San Francisco. One year later, it expanded and became an online-based service and started covering classified ad categories. In 2000, it starts to cover other cities in the United States and it currently covers more than fifty countries. For example, there is Craigslist Vancouver, which focuses on the Canadian city of Vancouver.

Amazon

Amazon is an American international e-commerce website that offers online shoppers a great selection of hot deals. This covers all kinds of products. This includes books, domestic tools such as vacuum cleaners and electronics such as laptops, mobile devices, computers, tablets and more. The website does not only provide online shoppers with the items but it also provides them with a detailed review of the features of the product and it also allows users to give their own review.

There is a membership program available at Amazon.com, it is called Amazon Prime. This membership costs $79 per year. It gives players the chance to  burrow one Kindle e-book for free every single month from the Lending Library of Kindle Owners, cancels the minimum order size, free 2-day shipping on millions of Amazon items and unlimited streaming of numerous TV shows and movies through Prima Instant Video.

Walmart

Walmart (Wal-Mart) is a multinational retail corp., that runs a chain of warehouse and department stores that offer customers large discounts. It is the world’s 3rd largest public corporation. Walmart has more than 8.5k stores in more than fifteen countries under fifty-five different names.  Therefore, for customers who are looking forward to find hot deals on different items will be able to find them at Walmart.

Target

Target Corporation, which was originally named the Dayton Dry Goods Company, is a US retailing company that was founded more than 100 years ago in 1902. It is headquartered in Minnesota. It is considered to be the 2nd biggest discount retailer in the USA, right after Walmart. The company is ranked at 36 on the Fortune five-hundred. Target also offers its services online which allows users from outside of the USA to make purchases.

The products that can be found at Target vary greatly; these products are divided into different categories to make it easier for users to find what they are looking for. These categories are Women (clothing, accessories and other products), Men (clothing and accessories), Baby (feeding products, clothes, diapers and more), Home ( home improvident, garden tools, kitchen and storage), Furniture (bedrooms, living room, patio, kitchen and bathroom), electronics (camcorders, digital cameras, smart phones, TVs, laptops, computers, Xbox 360, gaming consoles) and other categories such as Health, Toys, Beauty and Clearance.

Best Buy

Best Buy is a retail store that sells a great variety of consumer electronics and a wide array of related merchandise. This includes Blue ray discs, digital camera, video cameras, DVDs, video games, gaming consoles and more. It also sells home appliances such as refrigerators, dryers and washing machines.  It is a US Multinational corporation that is headquartered in Minnesota and it operates in other countries around the world such as China, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Best Buy also has a “Reward Zone” which works like a loyalty program that rewards users for making purchases. For every $1 spent at Best Buy, users will earn 1 point and for every 250 points, users will be able to claim a $5 reward. So basically, for every $250 spent, users will earn $5 cash back. It also offers the users exclusive access to unique and special events. The Best Buy Reward zone is an amazing way through which users can earn cash to buy more products for simply doing what they came to Best Buy to do, which is making purchases.

PayPal

It is an international ecommerce business that allows online buyers to pay for any online purchases as well as making monetary transfers. It is the perfect electronic alternative to other traditional payment methods such as money orders or checks. It is basically an e-wallet that is used online. Users of PayPal can transfer money to their PayPal account through various means such as credit cards or bank transfers. PayPal also allows users to make transfers from their PayPal account to the linked bank account that they used to register the account.

PayPal supports a lot of countries but there are some countries that are not yet supported. Also, there are many countries that only allow users to make online purchases but they can’t transfer money back to their banks, so it is a one-way transaction.

eBay | eBay UK

eBay is an online retail store that provides users with the ability to buy and sell products online. It is considered as the top consumer to consumer online shop. The sales are not done directly as the items are offered through auctions. Users will be able to sell and place bids on a great variety of items including electronics, domestic tools and a wide array of services. There are also eBay UK and eBay Australia (ebay.com.au) that focus their services to UK and to Australian users.

If you are a veteran user of eBay and you find it difficult to keep track of all what you have to sell and what you have bought, eBay provides you with the perfect solution, MyeBay. My eBay lets users track their history and all of the transactions they have made. They can also receive and send secure emails. Through the activity tab, users will find 4 main tabs. There is the Buy tab, which shows players what they are bidding on and the Lists tab, which contains all of the users’ lists, their saved seller list, the wish list and any other custom lists that were created. There is also the Purchase History tab, which contains the items that the user bought in the last three years and the See list, which contains all of the different items that have been listed for sale or currently being sold by the user. Therefore, for any regular eBay user, going to My eBay upon logging in is a must.

Kijiji

Kijiji is a subsidiary of eBay; it is a centralized online network for online based urban communities where users can post local advertisement and classified ads. It was launched in March of 2005. Currently Kijiji is available in more than three-hundred cities in Germany as well as other countries including Belgium, Japan, Austria, Russia, Switzerland, China, France and Canada among others. It is also available in certain cities in the USA. According to eBay Classified Group, Kijiji is the most commonly used and the most popular internet classified service in all of Canada.

Kijiji offers its users with services that are pretty similar to Craigslist and this is why it is seen as one of the main competitors to Craigs list but the main difference is that it gets less traffic from the United States when compared to Craigslist.

Costco

Costco is a wholesale warehouse club that is available for its members only. It offers its members a wide array of merchandise. It is considered to be the largest membership-warehouse chain in the USA. Costco focuses its attention on selling products at affordable and low prices, and often at high volume. These products are usually bulk packed as it markets its products primarily to businesses and large families. Costco’s main headquarter is located in Washington DC and it was established back in 1976. The first Costco warehouse was opened in Seattle and now, Costco has almost 626 warehouses that are spread across Canada, Mexico, Japan, the UK and South Korea.

Sears

Sears is a multinational American chain of mid-range department stores whose main headquarter is located in Illinois. The official brand name is Sears, Roebuck and Company but it is most commonly known amongst Americans as Sears. The company started as a main order catalog in 1893 and in 1925, it founded its first physical store and it started expanding the US ever since. Subsidiaries of Sears include Sears Outlet, Sears Department Store, Sears Appliances and Hardware, Sears Grand, Sears Hardware Stores, Sears Essentials, Sears Optical, Sears Hometown Stores, and Sears Parts and Repair Center.

Amazon UK

Amazon UK is and online shopping website that is dedicated to the UK residents. It offers UK users hot deals and low prices on a great selection of products including sports equipment, music, eBooks, DVDs, home and gardening tools, and more. Some of the hot deals include free shipping to UK addresses among other offers.

Staples

Staples is a huge chain store that specialized in office supply. It has more than two-thousand stores around the world in more than twenty-six countries. Staples sells office machines, technology, furniture, office supplies and more. Staples offers its services through land based stores and an online shop as well. The company has opened its first store ever in Massachusetts on the 1st of May in 1986.

Apple store

The apple store is the official outlet through which users can purchase all of the latest apple products and gadgets. Of course, it only offers products that are produced by Apple. This includes Macintosh PCs, iPads, iPods, iPhones, 3rd party accessories as well as other consumer electronics like Apple TV. The Apple Store is available online and it is also available in the form of physical stores.

eBay Motors

eBay Motors is one of the many categories available to users through the online consumer to consumer store, eBay. It focuses more on cars and other motor-operated vehicles as well as accessories including tires, bull bars, winches, brakes, lights and more. Also, whenever a user opens the page for any product, the website will suggest and recommend related accessories.

Auto Trader

Auto Trader is an online based shop that specializes in cars and motor vehicles. It allows its users to buy and sell cars as well as motor related accessories. This includes new as well as used cars and accessories. It also provides users with news posts that cover all what is happening the world of motors. It also features a group of high end car dealers. Currently, there are almost 28,000 listings with hundreds of listings being added every single day. It lets users browse the available products by either checking the different categories by car brand or they can use the advanced filter search options to get more specific results.

Dell

Dell is one of the most popular electronic manufactures and software developers. It is a US based Multinational Technology Corporation that is located in Texas. It develops, repairs and sells computers and laptops as well as related services and products. Dell’s products are known for their high quality and durability. The company offers its services in hundreds of countries from around the world and it employs well over 100,000 people. The products of Dell can be bought online through the online shop of Dell or it can be brought the physical shops that are found in hundreds of countries around the world. The main products of Dell include servers, laptops, data storage devices, software, HDTVs, MP3 players, printers, cameras, computer peripherals and personal computers.

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