I didn’t know this, but there are a ton of auction sites in addition to eBay. ShopSmart mag, which is published by Consumer Reports, reviews four good ones in the July issue.
Overstock.com auctions – check this site for designer labels, stuff liquidators are unloading, and items that have been returned by Overstock customers. A grading system indicates the item’s condition.
Sam’s club auctions – you have to be a member to bid on their big ticket items, like comforters, TVs, vacuums, and tents. Items are returnable within 30 days, but not to a store.
Shopgoodwill.com – this auction site is best for collectibles, like teacups, figurines and decorative dishes. ShopSmart found deals in clothing, quilts,handbags, and vintage jewelry. Items are not returnable, so examine pictures carefully.
Ubid.com – for electronics this is the place to go. The site sells excess cameras, TVs, and video game systems from manufactuers like Apple, Sony, and Hewlett-Packard. Many of the items are refurbished so check warranties.