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Bonanzle Rising to eBay Competition

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Nearly every time we post a story about eBay, we get flooded with comments going for the site’s throat. We’ve often pondered what kind of competition eBay has, many anti-eBayers will be quick to point to a site called Bonanzle.

Bonanzle is a site that reached a million listings in 6 months and was voted the best eBAY alternative according to Examiner.com. Many of these listings and votes no doubt came from disgruntled eBay sellers looking for a fresh start from a site with less controversial policies.

Bonanzle

While I have seen a lot of sites mentioned as possible alternatives to eBay. I have not seen any mentioned nearly as often as I have seen Bonanzle mentioned. Now it’s getting a little exposure too, which is exactly what any eBay competitor needs the most. eBay’s brand has simply proven too strong to be overtaken, and that will likely continue for some time, but as some of these other lesser known sites get more attention, things could start to change. Mashable’s running a piece on Bonanzle. Jennifer Van Grove writes:

One of the fastest growing eBay alternatives just hit a major landmark and chances are you’ve never heard of them. Bonanzle, which combines an online marketplace with social media features, has now had one million items posted to their site – an impressive feat given it just launched late last year.

While eBay is struggling to keep their footing, Bonanzle is growing exponentially with over 170,000 unique visitors in December.

Read the comments on any number of eBay articles around the web and you will no doubt see glowing testimonials for Bonanzle. The site’s users have spoken and almost seem to be recruiting other sellers who feel they’ve been wronged by eBay. And the number of those who feel wronged seems to be bigger than ever. Although I should be clear that there are still many people happily selling on eBay.

Bonanzle looks like one to keep an eye on. Hopefully they have paid attention to the grumblings of the people that have gotten them to this point and can avoid any similar turbulence in their own future.

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  • 319jersey

    i stopped selling sports jerseys on ebay because of the high fees and crazy new rules started my own website as well i started to sell on Bonanzle betwwen the 2 business as is good as it was on ebay with less overhead cost and lot less rules. i would advise everyone on ebay to do the same

    www.319jersey.com
    www.bonanzle.com/booths/jersey319

  • Guest

    There are certainly a variety of options available. When sellers are listed in a variety of places, they are more likely to be exposed to more traffic and more shoppers.

    I have been exposed to a great community atmosphere and excellent customer service at Silkfair. Wanted to feel a part of a neighborhood and got a warm welcome. The quick responses in forums, no listing fees and ease of using the site are very encouraging indeed. It’s a selling site worth looking into.

    http://www.silkfair.com/

  • Guest

    What are the top auction/selling sites besides the ones being mentioned here? Any one know?

    • Guest

      You should checkout this site to keep track of new Ebay alternative sites;

      http://www.AlternativesToEbay.com

    • VonnieLee

      I’ve been selling online for 10 years and I see Etsy.com as a viable alternative to selling on eBay.

      Etsy is not an auction site, but the fees are extremely reasonable visa vi eBay or some of the other online shopping malls.

      Etsy started as a venue for artists, but has now expanded to accomodate sellers of vintage goods.

  • Guest

    Wow! This is all very interesting to know. I am happy to hear there are other opitions besides e-bay. E-bay use to be fun! I started there when e-bay was first getting known and there were no rules. Greed has taken over when it comes to e-bay. A site that cost them nothing to start and was fun, turned them greedy once they figured out a system to take all our profits. Use to be everyone including e-bay was having fun. Now the only one who is having fun are the people who run and own e-bay.

    They really ticked me off when they found a way to double profits and take not only from my final value sales, but they now have pay-pal and they steal from our shipping fees. Yes, steal. May be a strong word but its a fact. I sold a book, had $3.00 S&H, some how ebay managed to slip in and change the shipping fee on my listing. When the auction was over that book was shipping for $1.80 and I couldn’t tell the buyer there was an error. I sold the book for $2.25 and actual shipping was $3.20. Then they paid with paypal to boot, paypal charges based on total figure, it don’t set aside the shipping cost. So I lost even more on the shipping.

    I don’t even look at items on e-bay anymore. Everyone has found a way to take the fun out of it. Sellers jacking S&H through the roof, e-bay being selective about who sells what items. I had a whole list of items removed by e-bay because they did not like that I wrote one line in my listing …”more items coming soon”.

    I am going to go check out Bonanzle for sure. I loved listing items, meeting people and buying. I would love to do it all again. Thanks for the info!!!!

  • Mr. Lolo

    LOL! I hate feeBay with a passion but Bonzanzle or whatever is going nowhere. They’ll be forgotten in a month of two just like the millions of other eBay alternatives that have popped up and disappeared over the years. The buyers are just not there; just ebay disgruntle sellers’ noise.

    Amazon is the only serious competitor. I am using Amazon more and more. Hard to believe but I find things there I can not find on ebay.

  • http://www.besthealthprograms4u.com Guest

    Ebay is a rip off…They have gone greedy all of a sudden and noweat up all the profits ment for the seller…..I had to build my own site due to this and have raked in

  • http://www.fastcashinyourpocket.co.uk alex

    every one needs to wisen up and know at ebay is not the only auction site otherwise ebay would keep sucking out money from our pockets……When i wisended up was wen i came in contact with this website which taught me the secrets on selling my products without letting ebay making money with me……..http://www.fastcashinyourpocket.co.uk

  • http://www.BuggyStuff.com BuggyStuff

    If any one auction site would discard their EGO and finally figure out that they will NOT slay the dragon that is ebay UNLESS they make a site VERY similar to ebay, with the former EASE of ebay, and simply do it for LESS

    DUH

    • Guest

      www.Tgosell.com Very easy to work.

    • http://nymarts.com NYM Arts

      If Ebay was So Great, it would be BONANZLE :o)

      DUH !

  • rICHARD

    EBAY IS EXPENSEVE BUT WE SELL THERE!! THE RIP U OFF BUT IF YOU KNOW HOW TO WORK, YOU CAN MAKE MONEY…
    YOU CAN TRY BARNBID.COM THEY ARE NOT BIG BUT ITS FREE… ON MORE WAY TO PROMOTE YOUR ITEMS!!

    BONANZLE IS GOOD TOO

    TAKE CARE

  • Luiz

    Well Ebay Still the biggest guy out there!!
    Bonanzle is growing but still far away from ebay…
    Barnbid.com is small but is nice to everybody help them. More competition is better.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/anatomyofbonanzle Mechelle

    10,000 new members from Jan 6 to Feb 6 2009

    wow!!!!!

  • Guest

    ANTERNATIVE TRY IT FOR FREE NO LISTING FEES

    HTTP://WWW.BARNBID.COM

    reply

  • Tgosell

    www.Tgosell.com very easy to use, no Auction listing fee, checkout easy cash, money order, check, Alertpay or paypal. have shipping link on top of page for shipping. looking for former ebay sellers that have been kickoff ebay or have left because of high fees. wish to make our sellers very happy to keep them with us. so Email me at Tgosell1@yahoo.com let us know how to make you join us at www.Tgosell.com today we will listen to you.

    • Guest

      I like the fact that tgosell is a auction website and has buy it to buy right away but you can also list as a listing at set price nice.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SayCp3mcesQ Guest

    You should try BARNBID dot COM no listing Fees plus you get $100 credit to your sellers account, free classifield ads etc… If you need a alternative try barnbid. check it and dont forget to download the toolbar thing. Its nice… you can sell anything there…

    • Guest

      www.tgosell.com check it out today

  • Guest

    Come check us out and support our new site where everything is free to list including stores and such. the fee is only 2 percent and only if sold. Very nice site.
    www.feverbid.com

    Thanks

    • Guest

      no listing fee at www.tgosell.com

  • Guest

    The owner of Bonanzle put much thought, and work into the site. Bonanzle is user friendly, with very low fees. Loved it!… However I left.

    The

    • Guest

      sign up at www.tgosell.com ship were you wish old style auction website.

    • Guest

      I understand what you are saying but you need to understand what sellers are going thru when it comes to selling out of the U.S. First many sellers have their products shipped from a warehouse or manufacture. They set the guidelines for who we can ship to. If you are not under those guidelines, then if you do ship out of U.S., you have no legal support to retrieve your items our money. With scammers all over the world that seem to be all over the internet, it is hard for a seller to know if the sale is legit or not. By the time a seller finds out if the purchase was done with a stole card, you’ve already shipped the product. It sometimes takes over 30 days before you ever know this information. So, sellers are very leary of seller to someone in a country that they can’t get any legal satifaction from. I know in my store, it depends on what product and what manufacture is shipping. Most of my products don’t ship out of U.S. but I do have some. The cost is another issue for many sellers.

  • Guest

    www.Tgosell.com site has no auction listing fee.

    • Guest

      thanks

      • Guest

        well i signed up for bonanzle a few months ago only had 6 sales sence there the people on the forums are rude and if you are not a payed member then your opinion about anything does not matter. all your listings are linked to amazon so your potential buyers are getting linked there and taken away from your listing. You can only have that removed if you are a paid member. I would not mind paying a company if they advertised. there are no real buyers there as of yet so i dont see the benefit of paying a monthly fee. Your not allowed to make mistakes on the forum or they will criticize you.
        www.wjqp.com

    • Guest

      I cannot even look at your site.It is like a candy shop full of green and red colours.Please change your website colors to some goog ones so that somebody will atleast look at it.Great ebay alternative ?.You must be joking?.Right?

  • Guest

    I joined Bonanzle several months ago and agree – the forums and people there are very rude. I am from the U.S. and saw how members slam buyers/sellers from other countries in the forums. In fact, most people are rude to anyone new. I shut down after 2 months. I couldn’t take the constant harassment.

    Unregistered people are allowed to buy which causes a whole set of other problems. And I’ve read about the scams going on at Bonanzle in the forums. If you are lucky enough you can catch a post or two about all the scamming and underhandness of their loyal cheerleading section – if you are fast enough. They delete those threads pronto. They delete any post or thread that does not show them as the shining star they think they are. READ THE BONANZLES RULES AND YOU’LL SEE THAT YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO VOICE ANYTHING BUT LOVE FOR THEM OR YOU WILL BE HISTORY. No suggesting how they might do things differently to improve. No saying how you received a rude bmail and would like harassment to stop. No saying that you were dogged out in a forum by other members. If you can’t show the love you’re not allowed to say anything. If you have an opinion that doesn’t match the other posts or the site owners you are closed down and locked out.

    Never had these kinds of problems on Ecrater.

  • ebayer

    well it does seem that bonanzle is gaining foothold..these days the edge is the social aspect which it seemed as though ebay had at one point but has fizzled. Need the great eBay solution to revive the biggest online marketplace.

    • George

      When I think Ebay I often think of auctions were bidders are at war and prices are inflated. Sellers win, buyers lose. I think this is were the solution could be found.

      Here’s an idea that looks promising and different: Pricefalls.com . It uses an old concept of dutch tulip merchants where prices are constantly declining and buyers basically choose a price that best suits them personally. This is a definitely a different theme, one that is genuinely different from Ebay.

      I think that in order to compete with Ebay, one must offer a new concept.

  • Guest

    The world’s NUMBER 1 Online Shopping destination is eBay!!!!
    read more at http://thegreatebaysolution.com

  • Guest

    Hello

    Lately I’ve been seing a lot of alternative to eBay sites. The one that realy was an eye catcher for me is called www.jaxbids.com It is very difficult to lift a brand new site of the ground, nut these guys are realy doing a good job doing it. Prety good for a site that is new. I hear a lot of talk about it, and even though they are fairly new, I’ve been monitoring their progress and i do see that a lot of people are registering. Not sure if these people are sellers of buyers but they seem to like it, maybe because its free.

    • Guest

      Look good, hope more people will start using it, had a few questions and got my response right away. Just registered myself and starting to list items. Very excited.

    • SellerRights

      Way to go guys, and award winning alternative. Keep up the good job. I love it. :)

  • LUOSTER

    EBAY HAS TURNED EVIL ON ITS SELLERS. EBAY WAS GREAT 5-10 YEARS AGO, NOW ITS THE NAZI GERMANY OF AUCTIONS SITES. SUSPENSIONS FOR ITS SELLERS AT ANYTIME,FOR ANY REASON, WITHOUT LOGICAL EXPLANATION. ALL THE GOOD STUFF, AND SELLERS HAVE LEFT, BEEN SUSPENDED, OR ARE CURRENTLY LEAVING EBAY. IF I HAD STOCK IN EBAY, I WOULD HAVE SOLD IT LONG AGO.

    • SAM

      Hi there
      I agree with this expression about eBay condition NOW: “NOW ITS THE NAZI GERMANY OF AUCTIONS SITES. SUSPENSIONS FOR ITS SELLERS AT ANYTIME, FOR ANY REASON, WITHOUT LOGICAL EXPLANATION.” With my 35-years retail business experience I’m feeling on eBay as I’m in a jail! They want to destroy my 7-years tough job to build my eBay store and they get hurt me several times in very crude manner! We have to joint to F–K THEM NOW!
      Sincerely, S.Z.
      italomoda@aol.com

  • http://www.cornerbrookclassifieds.ca Corner Brook Classifieds

    Interesting. I haven’t used ebay in years for many of the reasons stated here.

  • American Knight

    I fail to see where Bonanzle are any other alternative is making any impact at all. Most of the traffic is directly from its own members, not just bonanzle all of them. You are better off opening your own website so you can control your own seo, sure they can get the buyer to the frontpage but that’s it. They can’t get them to the storefront. And if anything I have seen Ebay listings increasing regardless of what the pundits say, also none of these alternative can even come close to Amazon forget Ebay, what about Amazon. All these write ups praising this alternative and others shows me they are not marketing experts, just writers with an opinion. Until these market places give more control to sellers with their storefronts, they will all just be an insignificant part of the greater market.

  • Guest

    bonanzle-webstore.com
    this is the real bonanzle and it has been said it is all smoke and mirrors
    go see your real bonanzle which is not just a hand full of people but an actual company with more than 5 people

  • Guest

    bonanzle-webstore.com

  • http://www.dress4less.com/ margi

    hi, ur post is nice,
    here is some thing i explored!!

  • Guest

    Until i got taken for $100 from an unscrupulous seller. I will still sell there, but buy anything??? NO WAY!!! Say what you want about eBay, but what happened on Bonanzle to me would NEVER be tolerated on Ebay. That seller has my stuff and my money and I am SOL.

    • lara

      Check out a1outlet.com – real company – real site – real support – real buyers. List and Sell any item!

    • Guest

      that seller has my stuff and my money ????,,first time ive ever heard of a seller selling goods to a seller,youre comments are complete garbage and total nonsence

  • Guest

    www.feverbid.com is a better site… just launched

  • AnnaMarie

    I bought something on this web site, Bonanzle, and it turned out the seller was bogus. I had my money stolen because I bought the item with a Visa gift card and they do not replace stolen funds! This web site is responsible and should pay me back my money but so far has ignored my requests.

    Beware of what you buy and who you buy from, this web site can NOT be trusted. There are thieves on this site waiting for suckers.

  • Guest

    www.webstore.com it really is free and you can do the Auction and even have a store all for YES!!! Free!!! a real ebay alternative. (and they do not beg you to do all their advertising for them LOL).
    I see chris has been erasing all the comments about the Bonanzle Hoax Chris they pay U well for being an ASS LOL Keep up the good propaganda oh and you still have not informed us on how Bonanzle who is Ibusiness and wordpress selling site and not an auction is an alternative to Ebay auction and selling site?? Can you be an unass and tell us where you get your info?? How about trying some research once in a while like a real reporter webpronews HAHAHAHAHA what are u an alternative to the NY Times or better yet LOL OH no you are an equivalent to the Journal news by Gannett newspaper LOL LOL You should grab mark. tom and that what his name the creator of bundiggle?? and go on comedy central.. UH oH 6+14=20 wow Im human yeah!!!!! prevent spam LOL

  • goodbyebonkers

    Bonanzle will never compare to Ebay. They come off as another selling site but it really is just another social network full of bigots and people who do not believe in freedom of speech. You get blocked if someone doesn’t like what you have to say whether it’s right or wrong. All about kissing up to the big boys. No buyers there at all and people do not stay there long because of the people in the forums with the bullying and abuse of features which bonanzle allows from the members who kiss their but. Stick with Ebay if you are in it to make a living.

  • Colin

    They closed me down for having lots of items and no feedback, they don’t reply to customer service emails, if your a power seller go elsewhere.

  • IMAGINETODAY

    I SOLD A NEW, IN PACKAGE COSTUME TO A JESSICA PEREZ. SHE WROTE BEGGING ME TO SHIP IT ASAP FOR A PARTY THE THURSDAY BEFORE HALLWEEN. I DID SO AT MY COST. SHE FILED A COMPLAINT THE COSTUME WAS DIRTY AND USED WITH DAMAGES? IT WAS NEW, OUT FOR THE PHOTO. I CALLED HER ASKING IF SHE COULD RETURN IT BEFORE HALLOWEEN. SHE SCREAMED, HOW DARE ME ASK FOR IT TO BE RETURNED BEFORE HER PARTY ON THURSDAY. SHE NEEDED IT FOR THATAND WOULD THEN RETURN IT. I CALLED EBAY, HAD ALL THE MESSAGES IN EBAY EMAILS. THEY ASSURED ME 100% SHE WOULD NOT GET A REFUND. SHE USED IT, RETURNED IT, HAD WEAR ON BOTTOM FROM DRAGGING AT THE PARTY. I CALLED EBAY, THEY GAVE HER MONEY BACK AND SAID THEY DO NOT WANT TO LOSE BUYERS. I COULD NOT EVEN GIVE HER NEGATIVE FEEDBACK. ANOTHER BUY BOUGHT FLEA MEDS, THEN WROTE SAYING SHE DID NOT WANT THEM. AND HAD BID BY ACCIDENT? I GAVE HER MONEY BACK, SHE GAVE ME NEGATIVE FEEDBACK. EBAY SAID I SHOULD HAVE SENT THE ITEM AND THEN MADE HER SENDIT BACK. THEY LEFT NEGATIVE FEEDBACK STANDING. I KNOW OF MANY OTHERS WHO HAVE HAD THE SAME ISSUES. THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT BUYERS.