Pros / There are no monthly subscription costs or seller verification fees.

Cons / This online auction site does not support HTML or other coding options, so you can't do much to customize your store.

 Verdict / This store has few upfront costs, but it is limited in its customization options.

eCRATER is an online marketplace where you can browse and buy items or set up an online auction store and make a little extra money. This online auction site provides an adequate audience to sell your items to and doesn't charge you any monthly costs or verification fees. It is also simple to use and offers a variety of payment options, making it more user-friendly for you and your buyers. However, this bidding site is limited in its store features and doesn't offer all the perks available from similar companies.

When selling through this online auction store, you don't have to worry about paying a bunch of fees. There are no monthly fees to open a store and no costs to verify you as a seller. You also don't have to pay any final value fees unless eCRATER helps you receive a sale through the main marketplace. If this is the case, you will be charged a 2.9 percent fee. This fee is calculated from the final cost the buyer pays for your product. You can choose to opt out of selling through the main marketplace, but this makes you less likely to be noticed by buyers.

There are more than 65,000 users of this service. This definitely isn't the biggest online auction site we evaluated, but it certainly is not the smallest. When you set up a store using this service, you can have your products fed to Google Shopping to bring in additional traffic and help you sell your products. You can also integrate with Google Analytics to view your traffic and improve your store.

However, there are some limitations to eCRATER. You cannot ship internationally with this service; you must ship within the United States, limiting your potential buyers. eCRATER also does not support HTML or other coding, so customization of your store is minimal. This is a drawback, as customization can help you draw in customers and keep them coming.

Setting up your store is simple. There are icons to help you add products and change your settings. A side menu helps you choose your features and settings, making it easy to set up and get your store rolling. You can also import eBay products into your eCRATER store to save you the time of manually adding products you've already listed there. However, you cannot import your feedback into the store to show buyers you are a trusted seller.

Numerous payment options are available through this online auction service. You can accept money from PayPal, direct credit card processing through Stripe, money orders, cashier's and personal checks, and Collect on Delivery, also known as COD.

There are few customer support options available with this service. You can contact representatives via email, but there are no telephone or live chat options. There is a FAQs page on the company website that can answer some of your questions, but it is relatively short.

  • Ease of Use
  • Final Value Fee
  • Registered Users
  1. This score reflects how easy it is to list items on the auction site.
    More is Better.
  2. 7  eCRATER
    90.0 %
  3. 1  eBay
    100.0 %
  4. 2  eBid
    95.0 %
  5. 95.0 %
  6. Category Average
    91.71 %

Summary

eCRATER is an online auction service that allows you to set up your store for free. There are few fees you have to pay with this service, but it is limited in its capabilities compared to other auction sites. There are no HTML or coding capabilities to make your store stand out, and few customer support options. Although this service is simple to use, even if this is your first time setting up an online store, its listing options and features fall a bit short.

Specifications and Benchmarks

Support Options

Email
Phone
Live Chat
Community Forum

Selling Features

Registered Users
65,000+
Submit Items to Search Engines
Traffic Reports
Advertise Internally
Feedback Options
Automatic Bidding
Buy Now Button
Resolution Center
Page Views Count
Search by Seller

Payment Options

PayPal
Credit Card
Alternative Payment Options

Listing Options

Ease of Use
90%
Extra Photo Options
Save Seller Option
Block Bidders & Buyers
Early Listing Cancellation
International Listings

Selling Fees

Seller Verification Fee
Free
Store Subscription Fees (monthly)
None
Final Value Fee (per item)
2.9%
Listing Fee
Free
Relisting Fee
Free
Listing Upgrades