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I have been selling on line since 2003 in which I started out with eBay where I was doing very well as a Powerseller until all the fee hikes and changes. I then opened up my first Website almost 2 years ago and have been a member of a few very nice informative E-Commerce Forums and have learned so much about this new world of online selling that I wanted to have all my information in one place to help me succeed and by doing that helping others at the same time.

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March 31, 2009

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BonanzleUp: Join us in Seattle, Wichita, and Mobile!

BonanzleUp: Join us in Seattle, Wichita, and Mobile!

March 26, 2009

What do you get when you take the friendliest buying & selling community online, stick them in a room together, season with hor d'oeuvres, and let sit for 5 hours?

BonanzleUps! A "BonanzleUp" is the name given (by ... our community? Scott? I don't know who named them ) to a meeting where a select number of brave souls creep out from behind their computer monitor to mingle and strategize with the Bonanzlers you're befriended over the last six-plus months.

Currently, there are BonanzleUps scheduled in Seattle, WA on May 16th, Wichita, KS on May 23rd, and Mobile, AL on May 30th. Mark and I will be in attendance at the Seattle meetup, and I believe Mark will be phoning into the Mobile meeting. I bet he could probably be sweet talked into phoning into the Wichita meeting too -- but don't tell him I said so.

The indefatigable Mr. Scott Pooler has gone so far as to create a very professional looking website for managing the details of these and future BonanzleUps. You can monitor this site to get full details of these events as they unfold.

I know that there have been a number of hard working Bonanzlers (in addition to Scott) behind the planning and logistics of these three meetings. Request to identify yourselves in the comments so we can applaud you as you take a bow!

All three of the BonanzleUps request RSVPs so that proper planning and arrangements can be made. So git yer clicker to BonanzleUp today to get details and RSVP to get in on the good times... you'll finally get to put faces to the many Bonanzlers you've grown to adore, and if you're good you might even end up with a cup of free soda.

March 23, 2009

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March 22, 2009

The Selling Lounge Best Site Contest!

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We are having a Best Site Contest each and every month to help get
views to our sites and I would love to invite you all to join in on the fun.

This not only gets traffic to your sites, but it gets people looking at your products and possibly sales to your site. Not to mention that the winner gets his or her banner placed on the front of The Selling Lounge, The Selling Lounge Directory and the Blogs for a full month being seen by spiders, bots and visitors. Which as you know this can mean sales.

This is lots of fun and and another way that we help get traffic to you!

I look forward to seeing you,

You can find the sign up thread here:

Vote Here:

AUCTION Mark Your Calendars! * 03-28-09 8pm CST (6pm PST) * Come One & All!

We will begin the auction on 03-28-09 at 8pm CST which is 6pm Bonanzle time (PST).

Items are not $4000. We placed that price on it to reserve it for our auction.

All items will be presented well ahead of the auction for you to preview. If you have questions, please ask them before the start of the auction.

Auction Terms And Conditions

The auction will start exactly at the specified time in the announcement and will begin with the first item in our categories box and will proceed in the listed order.

Please DO NOT chat in the chat box during the auction. This allows everyone the ability to see the current bids with ease.

We understand that many Bonanzlers are friends and they use the Quick Text (PM) feature. We ask that you not Quick Text our auction bidders during our auctions. Quick Texts can cause a bidder to lose out on an auction they are trying to win. Also, we would not interfere in anyone elses auctions or buisness so we would like to be extended the same courtesy.

You will be directed to review the item up for auction. If you have not asked questions prior to the auction, this would be the time to ask questions about the current item up for bid. While giving you a moment to review the item up for auction, we will ask if there are any questions. Please do not ask questions during the auction.

After the opportunity for questions, we will start the auction with the minimum opening bid. There will be no specified end time.
Bidding will go until the item is sold. We will say, going once, twice and then sold. Once we have said sold, no further bids will be accepted. The highest bidder before we say sold will be considered the winner.

Accepted bidding increments are in whole dollars.

Paying for your auction is done by using the OBO feature. Simply input your winning bid so we may accept it.

We accept Google CheckOut, money orders, personal checks and cashiers checks. Items paid via Google CheckOut will ship the first business day after payment. Payments other than Google CheckOut will be held awaiting bank clearance before the item ships.

Currently we have 16 items up at various prices but will have more items ready for your preview well in advance of the aucion.

We hope to see all of you at the auction!

Here are a few of the items we will have up for auction:

Black Hills Gold On Sterling Silver Journey Necklace

Black Hills Gold Detailed Rose Necklace

Black Hills Gold Antiqued Sterling Silver Heart Necklace

Black Hills Gold 4 Picture Locket Necklace

We have added a horse pendant and a pair of beautiful hoop earrings to our auction items.

12K Gold Leaves Sterling Silver Horse Necklace

Black Hills Gold 6 Leaf Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings

March 21, 2009

People » Forums » Seller Discussions » Show messages Bonanzle Up Mobile 2009 (New and Updated)

To all Bonanzlers!

Meet up in Mobile Alabama, Saturday May 30th (no ,this is NOT memorial day weekend)

Schedule is as follows:
Saturday May 30th (Bobbi and I will be there the night before on Friday, May 29th)

Meet and greet 11-11:45ish
Lunch, 11:45 – 1:00
Speakers: 1:00 – 2:00ish

Charity Auction to Benefit St. Judes 2:00 – 3:30 called live by Auction Wally and streamed live via ustream

Mark or bill live in remote presentation 3:30
Break (your time, sight see or team up and talk shop)
Social Hour 7 pm Hotel Lounge

Sunday Morning Breakfast come as you are, 8am

Event is being held at the Ashbury Hotel and Suites in Mobile Alabama, please mention Bonanzle Group to get special rate.

To make a reservation

At this time, we only have 15 people confirmed or almost confirmed to attend. Bobbi and I are donating a portion of the cost of the meeting room and lunch to defray the cost for those attending, to cover the meeting room and lunch. If more confirm, we can lower the cost per person.

Cost per Person – $24.00 (lunch, meeting room and we are donating free goodie bags for each attendee, get your spa on! LOL)

Here is a list of those that sent an email confirming or expressed interest in previous thread. If there is a question mark by your name, and you are ready to confirm, please send an email to

Steve and wife
inspired and sister
Phaedra and Jeremy
riverboatflash ?
renagade ?
Trading Gypsy ?
starshin ?
jessielavon ?

We are accepting donations for the charity auction, please see the booth here We can only auction 15 items in the time frame we have, so there are a few donation spots left. Please send picture and description of item to, and include a link to your booth.

Speakers – We are working hard to provide you with some value for your time, and may have speakers coming from as far away as New York! More details on this to come, but please rest assured we will work hard on this!

Also please visit the site graciously donated by Scott Pooler of and register for the forums there too!

We look forward to meeting you at Bonanzle Up Mobile!!

Phaedra and Bobbi

March 18, 2009

The Heartland BONANZLE UP 2009 Wichita Kansas

Pam and I are putting together a meet up for those of us in The Heartland. Bonanzlers from Oklahoma and Texas, come on up! We would love to have Bonanzlers from all neighboring states. Of course, everyone is welcome!

Saturday, May 23rd

Best Western (1-888-942-5666)
6815 W. Kellogg (Highway 54, Interstate 400) near airport
Rooms cost $74.99 – sleeps 4 includes hot breakfast (discounted for being a Bonanzler)
Check-in time is 3:00pm
—24 hour complimentary airiport shuttle service
—17,000 square foot indoor courtyard & game area (if you are bringing kids this will keep them busy with billiards, air hockey, ping pong, arcade games & putting green)
—Indoor pool
First Flight Restaurant – Lunch ranges $7.00-$18.00 per person

Wichita Visitors Bureau Website:

Saturday Itinary:
Registration: 11:00 – 11:45
Lunch: 11:45 – 1:00
Meeting: 1:00 – 3:00 / 3:00 – 3:30 (break) / 3:30 – 6:00 (Looking for more Speakers)
Speaker: Judy with bluepennylady will speak on ‘How to write a good description for google base’
Speaker: Pam with TieTieAgain will speak on ’Your picture sells your product’
(Conference Room has both wireless and hardwired internet access if you want to bring your laptops)
Dinner 6:00 – ?

If you are interested in joining us, please respond here or contact me at I need your name, Bonanzle ID, email address and number of people attending.

I want to thank Pam with TieTieAgain and MemoryCollector for all of her help in planning this event with me! I could not have done it without her.

Pam and I are really looking forward to meeting everyone!!

You Can View The Info Here:

The Heartland BONANZLEUP Wichita Kansas


The Heartland BonanzleUp Wichita Kansas is going to be held at the Best Western in Wichita. They have discounted rooms for Bonanzlers, a great restaurant and a conference room where the meeting will be taking place.

Speakers for this event include Judy with bluepennylady who will speak on 'How to write a good description for google base’ and Pam with TieTieAgain will speak on 'Your picture sells your product'

Special Guest: Mark Dorsey of Bonanzle (via live feed from Seattle) who will do a one hour Question & Answer session with the audience!

The Conference Room has both wireless and hardwired internet access if you want to bring your laptops.

You don't want to miss this one! All of the information for this event is located at:

Hosts for this event:
Shar from SharsBoutique
Pam from TieTieAgain & MemoryCollector

March 17, 2009

Rayvens Rarities

I am an on line seller and have been for about 5 years. I enjoy meeting new people through my store and have made quite a few friends over the years. I sell New baseball hats in the following themes, Native American, Hunting, Western, Fishing, and Rodeo,Biker,Chopper.

Some Youth sizes available, Dollar Deals, Native American beaded jewelry, Western jewelry, Audio and Music, Designer jewelry, Photography accessories, Electronics, Children’s books, Crafting tools, Hard to find books, Movies, Plus size clothing, Antiques, Collectables, DVD’s and much more.

Best Site For April Contest - Vote For Your Best Site on The Selling Lounge

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We Have 10 Sites To Pick From for The Best Site Contest for April!
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March 12, 2009

Something eBay Would Do

Something eBay Would Do

March 11, 2009

During Bonanzle's exciting ride up the ecommerce ladder, we've come to realize that, to many who sell on eBay alternative marketplaces, affixing the adjective "eBay-esque" to any given idea or concept is reserved as a special type of pejorative. This group characterizes features or policies implemented by eBay alternatives as "eBay-esque" when they find them particularly heinous. In building a marketplace, the constant question for the founding team quickly becomes, "What can we do to avoid the dreaded 'that sounds like something eBay would do' accusation?"

Whose logo were you expecting us to use?

Whenever I hear this accusation used, I think back to a famous chain email that circulated about 10 years ago, originally written by Dave Barry. The email promised a surefire way to win any argument was to casually interject, "You know, that sounds a lot like something Hitler would say" just when it appeared you were beat in the argument. I continue to employ the technique to this day (with great results, I might add). But I digress.

For our part, we don't think eBay is "evil." I'd even hesitate to say they've "lost their focus," because I think they are acting on a clear focus they've defined -- to build a marketplace that competes with Amazon, and to wring out as much profit as possible while doing so. I think that much of the tension between eBay and its smaller sellers has resulted because eBay's top objectives don't align with the objectives of many smaller sellers as well as they used to. This is not to say that eBay is "evil" to change its objectives, any more than these sellers are "evil" for exploring new marketplaces that are more aligned with their best interests.

What are the practical implications of this anti-eBay sentiment? Arguments like this: "Because eBay keeps changing policies / raising prices / giving larger merchants a competitive advantage in search and listing fees, they are evil. Because they are evil, competing sites should be different from them in every way possible." For the sake of brevity, I oversimplify the number of reasons used by those who have decided they don't like eBay (full list is available), but the gist is that people who arrive at an alternative marketplace in search of "ANYTHING BUT FEEBAY" are at a pronounced risk to favor policy that is different from eBay, simply for the sake of being different than eBay. Good intention... questionable results.

Of course, regular Bonanzlers understand that Bonanzle is different from eBay in most ways: we're more socially focused, and we solicit direct input from our community on our direction. While eBay focuses on improving the experience of buying generic items, we focus on improving the experience of buying everything but the ordinary. eBay makes no specific mention of Abe Vigoda in any page I have come across to this point, Bonanzle proudly celebrates his every living moment.

The bottom line is that the buyers & sellers who will still be at Bonanzle in 3-5 years aren't the ones who currently stay at Bonanzle out of frustration with other choices. It's going to be the pragmatic buyers who realize the opportunity Bonanzle affords them to find and buy non-commodity items, and the sellers who see the value of using our many Bonanzle-first tools to maximize their ecommerce footprint, sales, and dare we say... fun. These are the buyers and sellers we are most interested in appealing to.

Unfortunately, we realize that many (in particular, the media) are going to continue to compare eBay and Bonanzle for the foreseeable future. And there will probably continue to be voices here and elsewhere that choose to demonize policies & features they disagree with as "eBay-esque." And just as surely, there will continue to be marketplaces that take this sentiment quite seriously, and make decisions based on whatever will help them avoid these dire charges.

But we'll pass. While there's a lot to be learned from the missteps that the venerable giant has made in recent years, there's even more to be learned by gathering data, analyzing market opportunities, and listening to the practical insights of our community... where the breadth of wisdom is truly infinite.

March 9, 2009

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