Much has been written (good, bad, and somewhat mean) about iSale and Garagesale. After reading what everyone had to say, I was confused. I downloaded the trials, for both these programs, and found that they are both excellent; however, each has distinct strengths and weaknesses.
1. Very intuitive interface; appears to combine the look and feel of the Address Book and iTunes.
2. Program does not slow down as the number of templates increase
3. Track Sales from the the main screen (or iCal), even as you create your next auction
1. No calculated worldwide shipping (Flat-rate shipping only)
2. Does not currently work with eBay motors
3. Supports .Mac and Ebay image serving but not FTP.
1. Calculated Worldwide Shipping
2. Ebay Motors Compatibility
3. FTP and .Mac Image Serving
1. Interface takes a moment to get used to.
2. Others say that program slows down when user has more than 100 templates.
3. Doesn't allow you to track multiple auctions (current $) at one time.
When it all comes down to it, both these programs are great; I will gladly give each 4 out of 5 stars. Yet, each seams to attract different people. For me, I prefer iSale because I do have a .Mac account, and I am just looking for a simple and easy to use program to sell some of my junk :). I plan to do only a few sales per month. For those planning on shipping internationally and in need of calculated shipping, I would use Garagesale. Both of these programs seem to be targeted at people looking to quickly and simply post items onto Ebay. Contrary, I cannot say that either of these programs are currently suitable for Ebay Powersellers. The inherent simplicity is their downfall in this respect. To attract to these potential clients both equinux and iwascoding should further develop their after-sales tools allowing the program to share information with other inventory and accounting programs (like Quickbooks or MYOB). A simple csv export option (automatic or manual) would help Powersellers bridge the gap between the sale of an item and the associated accounting. Both programs have and continue to evolve; whatever program you decide to use, be sure to keep in contact with their respective creators. Both products are relatively new and the best way to get the improvements you want is to ask for them, not complain about them.
And yes I did submit this to both MacUpdate and VersionTracker :o)
Ta-ta for now,