Best Marketplaces- Sellers Choice 2014

Our friends at Ecommerce Bytes recently ran a 2014 survey of the best marketplaces out there, according to the people who use them – the sellers. Over 12,000 sellers participated by voting through social media, making the annual Sellers Choice Awards a huge (and eye opening) success. Marketplaces were rated based on Profitability, Customer Service, Communication, Ease Of Use, Recommended, and Best Overall.

At the end of the poll, here’s how they ranked:

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  1. Bonanza
  2. Etsy
  3. eBay
  4. Amazon
  5. Ruby Lane (an online retail marketplace for antiques, collectibles, art and jewelry)
  6. Zibbet (Australian based marketplace most similar to Etsy)
  7. Craiglist
  8. eCrater (free online marketplace based out of Irvine, Ca.)
  9. eBid (an online auction website founded in December 1998. eBid operates in twenty-three countries)
  10. Addoway (online marketplace that operates by recommending the most trustworthy sellers)



Bonanza ranked highest in Communication, Recommended, and Best Overall. Even though Etsy beat out Bonanza in Ease Of Use, Bonanza came in second place, making it the marketplace with the most high rankings across the board. Congrats to the excellent team at Bonanza – they are consistently ranked as a top marketplace for sellers.

Here’s how some of the other categories panned out:

Most Profitable:

  • eBay (6.46)
  • Etsy (6.15)
  • Craigslist (5.94)

Customer Service: Which marketplaces provided the best service to the sellers.

  • Amazon (6.84)
  • Bonanza (6.76)
  • Ruby Lane (6.23)

Communication: Best communication between the marketplace and the seller.

  • Bonanza (7.08)
  • Ruby Lane (6.27)
  • Amazon (6.19)

Ease Of Use: Simplest for sellers to navigate and use.

  • Etsy (7.51)
  • Bonanza (7.43)
  • eBay (6.93)

Recommend: Marketplaces that sellers would most likely recommend to a friend or colleague.

  • Bonanza (7.51)
  • Etsy (6.52)
  • Craigslist (6.26)

Do any of these surprise you? Is your favorite missing from the list? Read the full list and breakdown of rankings at Ecommerce Bytes. Make sure to participate next year by following along on the Ecombytes site, and have your opinion heard. If you have any questions about which of these marketplaces ecomdash integrates with, feel free to browse our integrations page.

About the Author

Tiana Byers


Tiana is a content marketer and writer. Her favorite author is Oscar Wilde and she is a self proclaimed Etsy addict.

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Comments 7

  1. Steven Mautner

    I think the best place to sell is You choose your own url and they take care of the shipping so you don’t need to deal with UPS or Greyhound.

    1. Laura Greeno

      Thanks for the comment Steven! We haven’t heard much from our market about Shippi to date. We will have to check them out ~ especially if they are recommended by pro sellers.

  2. Joe

    Add to this list to get it completed :) ! i found really creative material and if you sell they have the lowest comision i’ve seen!

    1. Laura Greeno

      Thanks Joe, but we were looking for marketplaces where merchants can sell their own products…like eBay or Amazon. The link you’ve shared is more for creative materials.

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  3. Tara Deihm

    I recommend checking out Pahdah’s Online Flea Market. They have no registration or monthly fees and no listing fees. They have a very low commission and actively promote their vendor products through social media, feature videos, weekly member emails, and other ad campaigns. They have categories that cover everything from Books to vehicles to industrial equipment, and more are added all the time. They also have some cool, free resources for online vendors. You don’t even have to registered with them to use these resources.

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