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Alternatives for Turbolister

Turbolister Is No Longer Available ( Where Does That Leave YOU? )

With the unfortunate demise of Turbolister, small sellers who wanted a simple to use listing tool but didn’t want to pay are left floundering.

Still, the need for an eBay specific bulk listing tool hasn’t gone away, so why has this happened?

Here’s our take on what to look out for and how you can overcome Turbolister’s disappearance.

The main feature of Turbolister? It was a free selling tool - let’s face it.

TL worked well for most small sellers. The problem was the software needed a massive overhaul.

eBay wasn’t prepared to undertake this.

Especially when you consider their highest revenue comes from business sellers.

It did seem for a time that eBay might change their mind.

The closure was scheduled for June, 2017.

It was still working long past then.

Turbolister was limited by it's simplicity and restrictions.

Though that didn’t matter much if you only listed a small amount of items per month.

If you’ve been using Turbolister, you’ll be familiar with the popular functions.

Turbolister helped create listings offline - this is sorely missed!

Why is this important ?

Well, one function that was popular was the ability to create listings offline.

That particular feature seemed one of their best - and most missed!

It saved upload time from buffering, freezes and crashes into the bargain.

This was much more convenient for users.

The replacement ‘eBay Seller Hub’ doesn’t allow for offline listing.

It hasn’t the capacity to store finished listings either, and doesn’t work as a desktop application.

Seller Hub does have a monthly payment option which allows for more functionality.

But is it fair to pay for the same features?

From reviews we’ve read, it doesn’t hold a candle to Turbolister.

Look for free Turbolister alternatives, and you soon realise how useful it was!

The only option it seems, is to look for 3rd party listing software that is eBay specific.

We decided to take a look at what’s out there for free - we won’t lie - we didn’t find much!

1) Alphalister

This listing tool software seems to have been written by someone involved in dentistry in Philadelphia, USA?

The free option offers around 450mb of storage but users are calling it ‘clunky’ and ‘slow’.

It’s only free for up to 15 listings per month and there is no support. (The top package is $29.99 pm).

You can’t import listings that you’ve saved either, so everything has to be inputted.

This also means there’s no bulk listing features.

2) Channel Effect

Written as an app, it’s again very limited but allows for 100 free listings or 100mb of storage.

No support, no user guide, and you can’t preview the listing before it’s live.

There’s no ability to create lists offline, so this could also prove troublesome.

They too veil their ‘free’ package to promote their other plans which rise to $149.95pm for business use.

We failed to find anything else of note.

Aside from eBay’s own Seller Hub, there doesn’t seem to be anything out there at present.

So where does that leave small business?

After all, they want a reliable listing tool but shouldn’t have to pay through the nose for the privilege?

A logical step is to determine cheap software alternatives.

Determine what features are important to you.

  • Is a desktop application important for you?
  • Do you want to be able to work offline and load items in bulk?
  • If you’re familiar with the ‘cloud’, it helps that the software works well with this.
  • Think about your internet speed and how long online listing may take. This is important if all they offer is online listing.
  • Consider the price for the amount of listings allowed within the software.
  • Will you want the facility to save your listings for repeat business? If so, make sure the software tool will allow this.
  • The ability to store sold descriptions and images is a great plus for any listing software. Consider this when weighing up your choices.
  • Another helpful addition to have in inventory software is ready made sales templates. These are templates especially designed for the eBay platform.
  • Think about time over profit. If possible for you, calculate your costs with each software you consider. Sometimes what appears to be more expensive is actually cheaper.
  • Read reviews of the software tool you are looking to convert to. Public opinion goes a long way in helping you decide nowadays.
  • Ensure that you know what support you get if you decide to convert to a new listing tool. Find out what form of supports are available, and if you pay extra for it.
  • Get the company to do a demonstration with you based on your typical selling routine. See how intuitive the software is for you.
  • Better still, get trained if they provide this and go with a free trial if offered.
Remember, eBay is less an auction site and more a shopping platform nowadays.

This is how their marketing strategy seems to have been heading for sometime now.

Conclusion

Consider what extra features paid software gives you.

For a fixed price and no long term contracts, extra features may be worth the money for time saved and backup support given.

You could find yourself selling even more as you can list more!

Paid listing software offers greater selling opportunities. You could even decide to expand your business and who knows where that might lead?

You could be on your way to becoming another eBay millionaire before you know it!

Then the closure of Turbolister could turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

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