The idea of making money online is something that nearly everyone who owns a computer has taken into consideration. Some people have taken to writing online, some have gravitated toward trading stocks online, but most people have chosen to sell stuff online. Because of this, several companies have developed as a way for the average person to be able to sell their wares to people around the country, and around the world.

Probably the most popular of all online selling venues. Ebay has been around almost as long as the home computer itself. However, over the years Ebay has changed its policies and its way of selling online. People can either sell a couple things here and there in the online auction format, or they can open their own stores and sell everything they own.

As another online auction, this is an alternative to the International giant. However there is one huge difference; the price. With Webidz, listing fees run between 1 and 8 cents per item and there are no end of sale fees at all. It doesn't matter if you make $100 or $100,000 on your sale, there are no ending fees. There is a one time fee of $5, which is basically to tell the site owners that you are a real person. And, if you decide to open your own store, you can open Bronze level 1 store for FREE! Or, for a flat fee of about $55, you can have a top level store for life. That means no more fees of any kind; EVER.

This is strictly an online store site, not an auction. The nice thing about this site is that there are no fees at all. You can hold as many items as you want, and can add up to 3 images per item. One thing to take into consideration here, is that any and all marketing has to be done by you and you alone. But, if you're looking to get started in the online ecommerce business, this is the place to go.

This site is set up more like a bazaar than an online store. You do get your own shop, but the whole feel of the place is like a big flea market. There are hundreds of shops and items, and it's actually kind of fun to just browse for a while. As far as fees go, there are only ending sale fees. There are no listing fees and no fees for pictures. Plus, they don't look at how much you made per sale, they look at how much you made per offer. So if you sell 5 items to one customer, they see that as one offer. The most expensive of ending fees is $100, and you have to make more than $1,000 on an offer to reach that mark.

This is becoming one of the hottest online store fronts online today. Etsy is a place for people to sell their handmade items. Painters, crafters, and quilters are all flocking to Etsy in droves, and even creating rings that help promote each other. The fees for an Etsy shop are $0.20 per listed item and an ending fee of 3.5%. Even if you list 4 or 5 of the same items, it will still cost 20 cents each. The up side to this site is the amount of traffic that comes in from both search engines and the thousands of mommy bloggers out there.

Though there are several other venues out there, these are the ones that have proven themselves to be more than just a fly-by-night type of business. So, if you've been thinking about starting your own online business, then maybe it's time you opened your own online store.