although I have to admit that you`re very courageous in starting this thing I doubt that you will have a long-term success with it. I hate to say so but I think a lot of people are thinking about selling on the internet like this (me too):
Thank-god there is JUST ebay and nothing else.
If I go to their site and start my auctions there, I`m almost 100% sure that I get each and every person to look at them. I`m definetly willing to pay for that. Anything that will divide people from it is not welcome- at least not for me as a seller.
I`m just starting my own business as well and only ebay gives me the opportunity to do so! Don´t get me wrong: Normally I curse these idiots who run their pages ten times a day since the do never improve anything, they just make their pages worse and slower and worse and slower and worse...... by simply overloading them with stupid things nobody wants! They are greedy down to the bone and customer service is almost down to zero, I know, I know. But still: As a seller I´m absolutly happy with the fact that there is nobody else out there.
Every half a year or so somebody tries to start something similar with only the best intentions and, sometimes, even very good ideas- they all fail. From my point of view only Bill Gates could come up with a real competition to ebay and this might as well eat up his complete fortune since he`d to GIVE anyone a buck for an auction who´s willing to run his auctions on his site!
Besides from that you did a great job in designing the site, logo and stuff like that- wish I could do as good! And furthermore I wish you all the success you need, because I think it`s great if somebody`s willing to take risks to run his own thing- no matter wether I think it might be successfull or not.... You will probably think the same way about my business, so what?