The Top 10 Online Auction Websites Of 2019

Love a good deal? Try these 10 auction websites

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If you're looking for a good deal, you'll find it at online auction websites. Cars, jewelry, clothing, books, homes, and land are all available at bargain prices at these bidding sites with their amazing variety and choice. Collectors — from Star Wars to Disney — will also appreciate these websites, because frequenting them is a great way to increase your collection without breaking the bank.

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EBay: Where the World Goes to Shop

Screenshot of eBay website.

What We Like

  • Well-established site with well-considered policies and procedures.

  • Buyer and seller reputations are a key part of transactions.

  • Just about everything can be found on eBay.

What We Don't Like

  • "Professional" buyers often engage in last-minute bidding wars, to the detriment of casual users.

  • The feedback system is, in some ways, a form of Mutually Assured Destruction.

EBay is one of the oldest auction sites online, and it offers a huge array of auction items — everything from diamonds to used clothes to real estate. Buyers can bid or buy instantly, and sellers can use eBay to get rid of unwanted items. 

The company claims to be where the world goes to shop, sell and give. There doesn't seem to be anything you can't find at this bargain-hunters behemoth. Place your bids online on your computer or using the eBay auction app.

Sometimes too much of a good thing is tough to navigate. Follow these tips for searching eBay to find the product you are looking for. If you still can't find what you are looking for, try one of the other sites like eBay.

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ShopGoodwill: A Nonprofit That Benefits People in Need

Screenshot of the Goodwill shopping website.

What We Like

  • Proceeds benefit a good cause.

  • Lots of unique finds.

  • Easy-to-use platform.

What We Don't Like

  • Lots of chaff to sift to find the wheat.

  • Donations can be cherry-picked by Goodwill staff.

GoodWill is a nonprofit organization that operates retail stores to raise money for people with disabilities or who otherwise need a helping hand. Its online auction site, ShopGoodwill, is a collaborative effort from GoodWill stores all across the United States and provides an impressive variety of all sorts of products, from cameras to tools to sports equipment.

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Listia: No Cash Needed. Just Donate Your Old Stuff

Screenshot of the Listia shopping website.

What We Like

  • Interesting take on the online auction experience.

  • Earn in-app currency through referrals as well as through sales.

What We Don't Like

  • Credit system is unnecessarily complex.

  • Not many users.

Instead of using cash bidding, Listia offers credits to users, and the items are all technically free. Listia users list something they don't want anymore, and then other Listia users bid on it using credits they earn from referring friends or selling their own merchandise. The user with the most credits wins the item.

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UBid: Overstock, Closeout and Recertified Products

Screenshot of uBid shopping website.

What We Like

  • Lots of deals on closeout and refurbished items.

  • Easy-to-browse website, with clear category breakdowns.

What We Don't Like

  • Lots of rubbish cluttering the listings.

  • Some deals require click-throughs to see the details.

UBid offers leftover inventory from brand names like Sony and Dell. Since the inventory is discounted, you can find a really good deal. UBid carries new, overstock, closeout and recertified products in more than 25 categories including electronics, collectibles, jewelry, and sports memorabilia among others. Travel deals are available in 10 countries.

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GovDeals: Government Surplus and Confiscated Items

Screenshot of GovDeals shopping website.

What We Like

  • Diversity of items, from office supplies to heavy industrial equipment.

  • Very clear terms and conditions for each sale.

  • Legitimate government sales.

What We Don't Like

  • Most places don't ship, so you'll need to pick up yourself or arrange for shipping.

  • Online listings aren't always written by people with experience in sales and marketing.

GovDeals is the official portal to government auctions, which range from land to computers to cars. The site's categories include surplus and confiscated items from various government agencies. The rules and regulations vary depending on the participating agency, and you deal directly with the agency after you are awarded your bid. The deals are great, but be sure to inquire about packaging and shipping of an item before you place your bid because most sellers do not ship, pack or palletize. You may be responsible for picking it up or paying someone to transport it.

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Property Online Police Auctions

Screenshot of PropertyRoom Police auction website.

What We Like

  • Wide variety of items.

  • Includes items sold by law enforcement agencies and items seized from criminal defendants.

  • Clean, easy-to-use website.

What We Don't Like

  • Hit-or-miss listings.

  • Work directly with the police department, purchase and pick-up arrangements vary.

  • Titles may be complicated because of state-specific forms related to asset seizures.

An amazing amount of goods is seized in the course of law enforcement, and the Property Room online auction site aims to make it all available via public police auctions. Not surprisingly, there are tons of vehicles on the site, but it also features electronics, jewelry, art, collectibles, and fashion. 

Law enforcement is required to auction seized, found and unclaimed personal property at public auction. The Property Room works with more than 3,000 law enforcement and municipal agencies, so the selection is vast and constantly changing. 

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IRS Auctions: Focus on Big-Ticket Items

Screenshot of the U.S. Dept. of Treasury IRS Auctions site.

What We Like

  • A legitimate site operated by the U.S. Department of Treasury, not an intermediate contractor.

  • Emphasis on high-value items.

What We Don't Like

  • Complexity of working with federal procedures.

  • Limited availability. About 300 auctions per year.

Don't let this somewhat bare-bones website fool you; the IRS Treasury Auctions site is a treasure trove of items that you won't find anywhere else. All items here are under the authority of the Internal Revenue Code, and the properties described were seized or acquired for nonpayment of internal revenue taxes and therefore sold at auction.

The auctions are a bit more complicated than you'll find at other auction sites, but the items tend to be much higher-ticket such as homes and land. Categories include good deals on anything from jewelry to art to commercial property. 

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Auction Zip: Join Live Auctions Online

Screenshot of the AuctionZip shopping website.

What We Like

  • Site design mimics an auction hall.

  • Real-time bidding.

  • Clean site design.

What We Don't Like

  • Some auction lots are huge.

  • Registration barrier precludes random browsing.

If you're looking for live auctions, AuctionZip is the place to go. These live auctions are events that users can view right within their web browser, and they can bid for items online at the same time as bidders on the auction floor. With live bidding, users can access auctions around the world and get in on all the action without any software to download or special tools to buy. The website lists auctions that are live or are upcoming soon. After you register to bid, you go straight to the auction, where you watch what is happening and bid in real time if you see something you like.


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Municibid: Find Municipal Surplus and Forfeitures

Screenshot of the Minicibid auction website for shopping.

What We Like

  • Items from city- and state-level government agencies up for bid.

  • Wide range of items, ranging from glass bottles to heavy industrial equipment.

What We Don't Like

  • Not many participating jurisdictions.

  • Draconian charges accrue if you default on a bid.

  • Automatic 8 percent fee when you win a bid is charged to your credit card.

Ever wonder how you can get your hands on something the government doesn't want anymore? Municibid is your best bet. This is an auction website for government agencies, schools, authorities, and utilities to sell their surplus and forfeitures directly to the public. Auction items include cars, boats, furniture, computers, kitchen equipment, and much more. 

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Screenshot of the WebStore classifieds site for original and antiques.

What We Like

  • Eclectic batches of items.

  • Similar to eBay.

What We Don't Like

  • Grotesque site design.

  • Too many ads. is an auction site that is supported by donations and advertisements, so costs are kept low, and there are no membership fees. Although not everything is sold at auction at this site, the site's online auctions are highly rated for rare and collectible merchandise and state-of-the-art electronics. Auction categories include cameras, art, music, sports memorabilia, real estate and more.