Bonanzle Press release – This is how sites go viral, this is how fortunes are made.

Bonanzle Wins “Excellence in Technology” Award as

Best eBay Alternative of 2008

February 2, 2009, Kirkland, WA - In what writers called “a runaway,” was
recently named the top eBay Alternative of 2008 by readers of SmallBusinessComputing,
a Jupiter Media company.

Over a six week period from November through the beginning of January, readers were asked to choose between Bonanzle and other eBay alternatives, including Etsy, eCrater and Wigix. Bonanzle was declared the winner on January 28th.
“This award validates our commitment to providing users with a marketplace that goes
beyond the buzzwords often used to describe it: more social, simpler, and more fun. We
worked for almost two years to build Bonanzle before we launched it. The payoff has
been an experience so simple yet rich that it has turned many of our users into Bonanzle

These users have helped to drive our traffic up more than 50% every month since we launched – their efforts are really starting to add up, even as we’re still almost completely unknown to the national media,” says Bonanzle CEO Bill Harding.

Walt Kolenda, a professional auctioneer and regular contributor to The Examiner, says of
Bonanzle, “People in the community are so impressed and appreciative of the opportunity
here that they fill the forum with tips and suggestions about how to get the site and
individual stores juiced in the search engines… the users have become evangelists for the
site, and there is no amount of advertising money in the world that can replace that.

This is how sites go viral, this is how fortunes are made.” SmallBusinessComputing's editors also praised Bonanzle, adding, “This startup combines an easy listing process with cutting-edge features such as on-the-fly image cropping and live chat and an avid seller community. The founders are scaling up to meet increasing
traffic, and we can only hope it continues to thrive.”

0 Responses to Bonanzle Press release – This is how sites go viral, this is how fortunes are made.

  1. bkwrm40 February 2, 2009 at 6:11 pm #

    Bonanzle suits my needs! A great friendly fun site with dedicated users and involved owners, with social networking thrown in for good measure. Online selling has gone one (or two, or three!) steps farther here:)

  2. Consignment Pal Resale Directory February 2, 2009 at 10:44 pm #

    High praises go to Bonanzle AND their community for earning this award!

    Bonanzle’s viral marketing with both seller and buyer evangelists will soon be in the text books.

  3. Cliff Aliperti February 3, 2009 at 8:55 am #

    Congrats to Bonanzle on this, they’ve made such a large impression in the blink of an eye. I continue to be excited about their near future, they seem to hit a new milestone or receive a new award by the week!


  4. Lisa February 3, 2009 at 10:47 am #

    I love Bonanzle, but I really need the auction format. I wonder if Bonanzle can or even wants to work that in somehow. I think if they could, they would be flooded with Ebay’s small sellers. The small sellers on Ebay are desperate to get off, but still need that money.

  5. ecbeauty February 3, 2009 at 7:01 pm #

    Bonanzle is deserving of high praise – the site is remarkably pleasant, and Bill Harding & Mark Dorsey are not only exceptionally brilliantly competent, but also extremely charismatic.

    The greatness it isn’t all about Bill & Mark 🙂 the community, the growth, the commitment to success by all the Bonanzle users, the fees, and the fact we are selling items and not just to other sellers on Bonanzle people are coming to Bonanzle through organic search.

    Bonanzle is a winner – don’t waste time – join a winning team and leave the eBay nightmare behind!

  6. Ann February 12, 2009 at 7:06 pm #

    Bonanzle is GREAT! No listing fees, no charge to have your own booth and URL, items can remain listed until sold (or removed by the seller), multiple payment methods are allowed, there are very few restrictions, and the FVFs are low. Neat booth chat where buyers and sellers can negotiate prices. Friendly community ready and willing to lend a helping hand to other members. Mark answers questions promptly and Bill is constantly busy improving the site. And, yes, we are SELLING! We have special events and individual booth auctions. It’s no wonder Bonanzle was voting the Best eBay Alternative Site!

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