Bonanzle Wins “Excellence in Technology” Award as
Best eBay Alternative of 2008
February 2, 2009, Kirkland, WA - In what writers called “a runaway,” Bonanzle.com 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.”