Seller Spotlight: ECUALAMA

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Hi, Shelly here. Occasionally we like to use the blog to shine a spotlight on some of our great sellers. We have a wonderfully diverse group of sellers on Bonanza, with a lot of small businesses you might want to support. I interviewed ECUALAMA this week to learn how their business started, what makes them tick, and what advice they have for other sellers. I'm excited to introduce you to Nataliya!

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Seller name:

Nataliya. Check out her booth here!

How did ECUALAMA get its start?

I moved to Ecuador from Russia, and one day I met a man in a park in Quito who sold snail cream. He had jars with cream and live snails. I decided it was an interesting product, so I bought it and sent it to my friends in Russia. A week later, they asked me to send them 10 more jars. I sent it to them and opened a Bonanza account, deciding that this product would be of interest to many. After that, I added some blankets to the booth, which the artisan families weave from alpaca. It was 8 years ago. This is how I started Ecualama: snail cream and alpaca blankets.

What advice would you give to new sellers starting out for the first time?

My advice for new entrepreneurs: patience and faith in your abilities. Success doesn't come with the first sale, you must work hard and do it honestly to earn the respect and love of your customers.

What is your favorite part about selling on Bonanza?

Bonanza is a great opportunity for anyone to try to create their own business in healthy competition.

Do you have a favorite quote you'd like to share?

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

What do you like to do when you are not maintaining your booth?

In my free time, I play tennis and run through the eucalyptus forest, where you can meet llamas and alpacas. These amazingly beautiful animals give me a lot of strength and help me see a lot of beauty around.

Thank you, Nataliya! It was a pleasure to meet you. Isn't it interesting how a seemingly random meeting involving snails can turn into a business? Did you have a similar "Ah-ha" moment to Nataliya's that started your own selling journey? We'd love to hear in the comments.


39 responses to Seller Spotlight: ECUALAMA

  • lostlizard says:
    11/17/20 at 13:41:53

    Wow! That made me curious and even tickled my funny bone! Very interesting. Nataliya (and Bonanza), thank you for sharing your story. Best wishes for a profitable, safe and sane year ahead.

    BonanzaShelly says in response:
    11/17/20 at 13:59:57

    Thanks, lostlizard! Best wishes to you as well!

  • Vitto7 says:
    11/17/20 at 14:25:42

    This is a good Idea! Can Bonanza make Blogs for the Members?? You are can charge People for a Dissent Price!! ?? Please Answer,, Vitold, [email protected] Thank You!

    BonanzaShelly says in response:
    11/18/20 at 14:31:05

    Hi Vitto7! Glad to hear you enjoyed the blog. We write a Seller Spotlight blog from time to time and are happy to be able to show off a few of the wonderful booths here on Bonanza. You can also use tokens to purchase a spotlight of your own. https://www.bonanza.com/rewards

  • watfordleather says:
    11/17/20 at 14:38:06

    That’s really amazing. Thanks shelly and great work Nataliya.

    BonanzaShelly says in response:
    11/18/20 at 14:32:39

    Thanks watfordleather! Nataliya has wonderful products. In fact I’ve made a purchase from her booth myself!

  • Bettys_Goodies says:
    11/17/20 at 18:42:02

    DID YOU EVER THINK OF ADVERTISING?

    BonanzaShelly says in response:
    11/18/20 at 14:43:27

    Hi Bettys_Goodies! Thanks for asking about advertising. We do some advertising of the Bonanza site, but we concentrate our efforts on the actual items for sale on Bonanza. Except for the ten new, branded items in your booth that are missing a UPC, all of your listings are being advertised on Google Shopping. Shoppers will be brought to your listings directly. We bear the entire cost of the ads and you pay only your final value fee when your items sell. If you have any other questions about how advertising works our support team is waiting with answers! [email protected]

  • etienneprintemps says:
    11/17/20 at 18:42:09

    Sounds great. All the best

    BonanzaShelly says in response:
    11/18/20 at 14:44:51

    Thanks, etienneprintemps!

  • TopcatsNeedfulThings says:
    11/17/20 at 19:13:07

    Good luck to her and her store.

    BonanzaShelly says in response:
    11/18/20 at 14:46:26

    Thanks for adding your well-wishes to Nataliya, we wish you much success in your booth as well.

  • naturznatural says:
    11/17/20 at 19:18:08

    Thanks for sharing. It’s always interesting learning about the spark that triggers an event, especially when it comes to starting your own small business. Alpacas and llamas was a good finish. :)

    BonanzaShelly says in response:
    11/18/20 at 14:53:45

    With the wonderful honey products in your booth, I’m guessing you have an interesting story about getting started. We set up a profile page for all sellers to share their story. You can add yours here: https://www.bonanza.com/users/40373646/profile. For all sellers, go to your booth. Under your picture and name on the left- click on View Profile and under About Me click on Edit to add your story!

  • antivirusspecialist says:
    11/17/20 at 20:00:33

    Thanks for the story

    BonanzaShelly says in response:
    11/18/20 at 17:21:25

    You’re welcome, antivirusspecialist!

  • bonzuser_cos says:
    11/17/20 at 20:02:42

    Hi sister

  • Inosha says:
    11/17/20 at 22:48:04

    Wow.. wonderful. Interesting to read their experience..

    BonanzaShelly says in response:
    11/18/20 at 17:18:06

    Glad you enjoyed the post, Inosha!

  • BLKGLASS says:
    11/18/20 at 05:52:19

    Fantastic Seller & Booth. Thank you BonanzaShelly for calling it to my attention!

    BonanzaShelly says in response:
    11/18/20 at 17:17:22

    You’re so welcome, BLKGLASS!

  • Twisted_Crystals says:
    11/18/20 at 06:08:26

    Very interesting! I have never heard of snail cream. I will have to google the benefits of it. Much success to you!

    BonanzaShelly says in response:
    11/18/20 at 17:16:58

    Agreed, Twisted_Crystals!

  • Nordstromsauto says:
    11/18/20 at 09:01:07

    History of the sellers experience always inspires me to look at what I do and how I can improve on that. Thank you for sharing your story Nataliya. It would be awesome to hang out with Llamas and Alpacas for the day!

    BonanzaShelly says in response:
    11/18/20 at 17:15:53

    Thanks for your comment, Brian. It was wonderful to hear Nataliya’s story, and her products are so interesting!

  • bonzuser_hbtoj says:
    11/18/20 at 13:32:40

    Hey when will my item be shipped??

    BonanzaShelly says in response:
    11/18/20 at 17:13:19

    Hi Joel! I looked up the order you made today. To contact the seller to find out when to expect your item to be delivered, log into the Bonanza account associated with your purchase. Hover your mouse over the “Account” link in the upper left-hand corner of any page, then select “Account dashboard” from the menu. Click the “All purchases” link in the “Recent purchases” bar. Locate the order in question, then use the “Send them a message” link under the seller’s username to send them a direct message. The subject line will include your username and order number so the seller can easily locate your order and offer assistance. If you have any trouble just write to [email protected]. Thanks for shopping on Bonanza!

  • HARUN_DiNLi says:
    11/18/20 at 15:36:46

    Ok. Thank you. I will do that insaAllah

    BonanzaShelly says in response:
    11/18/20 at 17:01:52

    Welcome, HARUN_DiNLi!

  • Brick_House_Paddles says:
    11/19/20 at 05:03:25

    Some really nice looking products. Think I know where I’m shopping for Christmas

    BonanzaShelly says in response:
    11/19/20 at 06:47:06

    Me too! Thanks, Brick_House_Paddles!

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    11/19/20 at 13:57:38

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  • antivirusspecialist says:
    11/20/20 at 04:37:36

    Very interesting! Much success to you!

  • kabo_online_shopping says:
    11/20/20 at 06:38:51

    Thank you very much, Minister of Happiness. I am new here and really happy at work here very much. I wish success to everyone. Thank you BonanzaShelly :)

  • TurtleCreamBeans says:
    11/20/20 at 11:13:41

    Great story and odd item of snail goo, who would have known.
    40,000 points to have a spotlight wow. Maybe in 3000 years I might have enough of claiming 5 points a day. Seems like a non realistic goal.


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