In regards to viable EBay alternatives I guess that you could ask the unanswerable question of the chicken and the egg or in this case which comes first the Buyer or the Seller. It seems to me that it needs to be a combination of the two, some systematic increase on both the buying and the selling side that would entice new comers from both sides of the equation. I have set for myself the lofty goal of trying to evaluate many? some? all? of the potential EBay alternatives for sellers but for the sake of simplicity I have decided that I will start my reviews from the buyers point of view.
Also I am a seller primarily in the Clothing and Accessories category so I will have a tendency to evaluate that category above all others. The primary focus of my Buyers review will consist of the following items. There are probably other important considerations but once again for the sake of simplicity these are the areas I plan to focus on.
1) Quantity and Variety of items
2) Prices and Buying options (auction, fixed price etc.)
3) Sorting and Search Capabilities
4) Payment Options
5) Trust Issue (what do you know about the seller, what do you do if something goes wrong with your purchase etc.)
Once again for the record. I do not see any immediate or serious competition for EBay nor do I hold any grudges against them for any of the new policies and changes but I would be remiss in my personal business endeavors to blindly take for granted that EBay is and always will be the only option. So while I see no immediate financial gain from this review I do believe in its future value. If others also find it helpful well that's all the better.