ADVERTISE AND SELL FOR FREE!!!!
Google has now introduced their new service, called Google Base. I can't put direct link here but if you copy and paste ~ base.google . com / base - into a browser this will take you to the home page where you can search the base or post your own item(s). You will need to register for a free google account before you post items. So this service is free to advertise as many items as you want, but will it work? So far there is no in house purchasing system but this is set to change with google also about to introduce a payment system perhaps to rival paypal. You can pre-register for this at ~ services.google . com / enquiry / sell ~ .
Not to be outdone Gates and co. have introduced a beta version of their new service called Windows Live Expo for which you will need to register for a MSN account. The home page for searching and registration is ~ expo.live . com/default.aspx ~ . This also allows you to post adverts offering to sell products, services etc. You can also link directly to other websites from the postings. One drawback -you will need to furnish them with a USA address as this new service is currently only aimed at our friends over the pond.
Although it is early days for both these new services, they are both being developed by rival internet giants who have the clout to take on the dominance of the ebay/paypal syndicate, unlike some others for example, Nochex who also have their own advertise for free site using nochex accounts for payment.
There are many other auction site rivals to ebay but none come close in market share. Ebay seem set to stay at the top of the pile for some time to come!!