Topic: Getting Started

What is Bonanza?

"Quite simply, [Bonanza is] the best I've seen in my four years of reviewing and writing about start-up marketplaces" --Vangie Beal, on behalf of Ecommerce Guide.

At Bonanza, we think that online shopping is stuck where online search was 10 years ago, in the age before Google. Many users today think that eBay and Craigslist are "good enough," and the "rules" for online shopping are set: items get posted through a series of selling pages, buyers browse static listings, buyers buy items and hope that sellers are trustable.


We think there's still a lot of room for improvement over the precedent that eBay and Craigslist set 10 years ago (and that the eBay/Craigslist lookalikes have copied ever since).

Here's how we think online shopping ought to be:

  • Relentlessly simple. Remember five years ago when it was easy to post and browse items on eBay? We have spent more than a year designing the easiest selling process, and re-invented the concept of a "store" to revive that refreshing feelingĀ of ease eBay once gave you.
  • Engaging. On Bonanza, the journey to buy or sell your items is part of the destination. With built in user-to-user messaging and pervasive chat, you'll find that shopping isn't nearly as lonesome as you remember it being on Craigslist.
  • Safe. It sucks to have no idea who you're dealing with. At Bonanza, we're committed to building a community of friendly, everyday people. Bonanza is not (and will never be) a place for fraudulent items, adult content, or unseemly message forums.
  • Free and Almost Free. There is no reason that you should have to pay a percentage of your item sales to The Man. At Bonanza, listing is free and fees are dirt cheap.

What Does "Find Everything but the Ordinary" Mean?

While everybody is welcome to sell on Bonanza, our most successful sellers are those that have items that aren't new, shiny, and mass-produced. Why? Because we believe Amazon already does a darned good job at helping people find new DVDs, CDs, electronics, computers, and books. We specialize in helping you buy and sell everything else.

I'm Still Not Sold. Is Bonanza for Me?

"The runaway winner as our Best eBay Alternative is Bonanza. 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."
--, Marketplace Journal, in article 2009 Awards: Reader's Pick the Best Small Business Tech Tools

"Bonanza is putting the fun back into online selling."
-- Randy Smythe, Marketplace Analyst, in article You Can Find eBay's Soul At!

"If there was just one eBay competitor to watch, I might just put my money on this one."
-- Scott Pooler, Marketplace Journalist, in article Bonanza - Bodacious eBay Competitor Gives Birth to Fresh Merchandising Format

... And that's not to mention the many thousand positive messages about Bonanza on the Powersellers Unite forum, making it the most talked about eBay alternative in the four year history of this popular site!


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