Auction Apps eBay - Buy, Sell & Save Money vs Tophatter - Shopping Deals vs Listia - Buy. Sell. Free Stuff ... and 9 more

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Online Auctions are nothing new, eBay has been on the scene since the mid-90s and has grown steadily in popularity ever since. Today, several outlets exist that offer bid/auction marketplaces, where users can compete for anything ranging from vehicles to vintage video games.

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Using mobile apps instead of a traditional computer for buying or selling adds a high level of convenience that attracts more users with each passing year. Below we discuss several auction apps for Android and iOS that can help cut down on time spent both selling and buying, via auction style platforms or marketplaces.

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Whether you want to snipe last second bids or prefer a simpler way to buy or sell stuff, using an app on your favorite device will ensure you never miss a thing.

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Method 1: eBay - Buy, Sell & Save Money

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The eBay mobile app is essentially a mobile optimized version of the main site with all the key features easily accessible.

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By far the most popular online auction site, eBay connects buyers and sellers in a relatively seamless fashion, that has resulted in millions of positive transactions over the years.

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    1. Quickly compare prices on everything from vehicles through to baby gear.
    2. Manage and watch over live auctions.
    3. Set custom alerts and notifications for your eBay activity.
    4. Scan items with a barcode reader for quick comparisons.
    5. Track shipping on orders via the app.
    6. Manage messages to other eBay users.
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    1. eBay - Buy, Sell & Save Money can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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Method 2: Tophatter - Shopping Deals

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Tophatter for Android and iOS is a discovery shopping app that's growing in popularity with the potential to save up to 80% on quality, brand name items.

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With their 90 second auctions, Tophatter is a fast-paced, high-energy shopping experience on an efficient e-commerce platform.

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    1. Save up to 80% on designer and brand named goods
    2. Bid on jewelry, electronics, clothing, accessories, beauty and more.
    3. Items start as low as $1.
    4. Free shipping.
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    1. Free version.
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    1. Tophatter can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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Method 3: Listia - Buy. Sell. Free Stuff

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Listia is one of the largest digital swap/garage sale style marketplaces online today and has helped users exchange over 100 million items.

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With such a vast variety of items to choose from, Listia gives users the opportunity to experience something different than the traditional listing in the classified section method.

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    1. Easily set up auctions to sell items you no longer need.
    2. Earn credits by selling and giving away stuff.
    3. Use credits in the Listia Rewards Store or to buy items from other users.
    4. Receive notifications on the status of an auction.
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    1. Listia can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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Method 4: GunBroker.com

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The GunBroker.com mobile app brings the world's largest online auction site for firearms and related accessories, directly to your mobile device.

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With a simple to use layout and interface, buyers can now search for items with a UPC code or by their preferred sellers.

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    1. Set up custom notifications on auctions and specific items.
    2. Sellers can easily track and view what's selling, being bid on or communicate with buyers.
    3. Buyers and sellers can efficiently manage their activity with the easy to navigate interface.
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    1. The GunBroker.com app can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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Method 5: Pocket Auctions eBay

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Pocket Auctions eBay by Bonfire Media is a condensed version of the official eBay app and is designed for speedy bidding and transactions.

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When it comes to bidding at the right times, you want to maximize your chances by eliminating any other potential distractions or obstacles. Pocket Auctions gives users access to all the key features required to win auctions and manage your eBay account.

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    1. Fast access to eBay.
    2. Bid timers.
    3. Supports the following countries; USA, UK, FR, IT, ES, DE, AU, CA.
    4. Receive push notifications.
    5. Access to eBay messaging.
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    1. Pocket Auctions eBay can be downloaded from Google Play.
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Method 6: Myibidder Bid Sniper for eBay

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Myibidder Bid Sniper for eBay is a handy little tool for those who like to snipe auctions by getting that last bid in at the perfect moment.

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With auctions that have multiple users battling it out for an item, the final bid that gets recorded before the auctions close can often make or break the outcome.

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    1. No need to hover over auctions set a snipe in advance and let the app do the rest.
    2. Supports groups, set multiple snipes and the app will stop once you've won 1-2 auctions (Pro version).
    3. App does not need to be running to place bids.
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    1. Free version.
    2. Pro version - $9.99
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    1. Myibidder Bid Sniper for eBay can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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Method 7: Auction bid sniper for eBay

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Auction bid sniper for eBay is another mobile-optimized tool for sneaking in those last second bids that often clinch the auction.

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Never be outbid again, set your limits well in advance and let the app snipe those crucial last second bids.

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    1. Places bids at the absolute last moment before the auction closes.
    2. Cuts down on time spent watching auctions.
    3. App functions and places bids at any time you program it to, even while you sleep.
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    1. Auction bid sniper for eBay can be downloaded from Google Play.
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Method 8: Emirates Auction

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Emirates Auction is the biggest auction company in the middle east with several exclusive contracts with various banks and governments.

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With several years of successful vehicle auctions in the books, Emirates has now expanded into real estate and property auctions.

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    1. Place bids, register or pay via the app.
    2. Browse and view specific details on each item along with images.
    3. Monitor current bids in real-time.
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    1. The Emirates Auction mobile app can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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Method 9: Estate Sales

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The EstateSales.net mobile app is a powerful little tool for those who want to stay in-the-know about estate sales and auctions in their area.

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EstateSales.net has been around since 2002, and as such, has positioned itself as a reliable authority on; estate auctions, estate sales, moving sales, and other estate-related liquidations. Their new mobile app is a condensed version of the content delivered on their main site that aims to bring the user the most important and relevant information as quickly as possible.

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    1. Quickly search your area by zip code or location using GPS.
    2. Access thousands of sales and auctions nationwide (monthly).
    3. Link directly to GPS and Google maps from listings via the app.
    4. Set custom search filters for specific areas or favorite sales.
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    1. Estate Sales can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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Method 10: AuctionTime

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AuctionTime is a popular resource for heavy equipment auctioning and sales and is now available on Android and iOS.

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By combining multiple popular equipment sites, AuctionTime.com gives buyers and sellers an easy-to-use platform to move equipment at auction prices, directly from their mobile device.

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    1. Bid on equipment in real-time directly from the app.
    2. Easily browse various types of equipment for; farming, construction, and commercial trucking.
    3. One-tap to call or message seller.
    4. High quality images and videos to accompany listings.
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    1. AuctionTime can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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Method 11: OfferUp - Buy. Sell. Offer Up

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OfferUp isn't an auction app, but we've included because of how well it allows users to either sell or buy items directly from their phone or tablet.

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Providing a similar service as Kijiji or Craigslist, OfferUp is a fresh new take on the typical classified-style of listing or buying stuff locally online.

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    1. Sellers get a unique page with graded reputations, based on previous transactions.
    2. List an item in 30 seconds.
    3. Millions of users currently buying and selling via the OfferUp app.
    4. Secure messaging between buyers and sellers through the app.
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Method 12: Auction.com - Real Estate

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The Auction.com mobile app allows users to buy and sell US residential properties and real estate, right from their preferred mobile device.

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Keep up-to-date while out and about on all the upcoming sales and auctions in your preferred areas.

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    1. Push notifications on auction status and outbidding.
    2. Bid on properties via the app.
    3. Search thousands of listings with a virtual map.
    4. Images and detailed information on properties.
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    1. Auction.com - Real Estate can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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If you're someone that makes purchases or sells stuff online, it only makes sense to experiment with a few auction apps. Being able to bid, manage purchases/sales, or list items in real-time, right from your phone in the middle of nowhere, is an incredible convenience.

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