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Chapter 20. Using Professional Auction T... > Evaluating Third-Party Auction Servi...

Evaluating Third-Party Auction Services

When it comes to third-party tools, there's a lot to choose from. And, while it might be tempting to mix and match different tools from different providers (use this site's lister and that site's checkout), the better bet is to settle on a single service for all your auction needs. While it's not impossible to mix tools and providers, at best it's awkward and at worst it's extremely impractical. For example, while you could use Ándale Lister to create your listings and Vendio Sales Manager for your post-auction management, these tools don't work well together. A much tighter integration is possible when you use tools from the same service—using both Ándale Lister and Ándale Checkout, for example, or employing Vendio Sales for the entire process.

Comparing these different services is a little like comparing apples and jelly beans. That's because some services offer their tools in a single package at a single price, while others offer a menu of different choices, with a la carte pricing. In addition, some services offer a flat monthly price, while others offer different tiers of pricing—and still others offer variable rate pricing based on the number of transactions you make or the final selling price.


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