Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bonanzle Changes In a Very Short Amount of Time

Bonanzle has come such a very long way in a very short time. I am not talking about numbers here, I am talking about site features. It seems that most of the requested features have been put in place and a few are in place and being perfected.

The first packing slip that Bonanzle had, well it served the purpose of a packing slip. The packing slip today can be edited by the seller to fit their needs and add a message to the buyer. There is even a place to mark it shipped and enter a Delivery Confirmation number. If you wish an e-mail will be sent to the buyer letting them know it has been shipped. Not to mention that the shipping is now seperated from the price of the item for the total.

Bonanzle chat used to have to be delted line by line. This may not seem to be a big deal until it was time to clean up your chat box, one line at a time. Now you can delete all chat with the click of one button.

Bonanzle forums use to be a no frills forum. Now you can post pictures and smiley faces. The day that this happened the forums were full of smiles.

There was no wish list or save for later list. Now Bonanzle has both with the added bonus to be able to tweet an item and e-mail to a friend.

Widgets were something that many had been wanting only had no idea how to go about making. Then one morning, we were able to make our widgets right there on Bonanzle! You can make several different widgets with several different titles to fit your needs.

Listing on Bonanzle is super easy and a few months ago there was no wysiwyg editor. That ment no templates. Well today you can use a template of course it has to be one for Bonanzle to work correctly. You can get custom templates right on Bonanzle at SNL Designs.

You can now search the completed listings, set your booth items up to be seen in the order that you wish, add insurance as an option, block buyers and so many other features that just weren't available a few months ago.

Truly amazing how much the site has changed in a few short months and continues to change. Change is a good thing and not everyone will like it or agree with it. However, Bonanzle has made so pretty terrific changes that for the most part the sellers were very happy with.

Currently Bonanzle has 48,138 users, 12,860 Bonanzle booth owners, and 650 supporting members. Currently Bonanzle is still #4 on the PSU listing count board with 1,702,708 listings. I do believe that by this time next week, Bonanzle will be in the number 3 spot.

What changes were you happy to see at Bonanzle?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Couple of New Features At Bonanzle

Bonanzle has added more features for sellers. Bonanzle now has the booth optimization feature that is there to help sellers. It is still in "beta" and being built. Things like taking a great picture, promoting, shipping and pricing are just a few. This is going to be a real asset to the Bonanzle community.

The packing slip now seperates the shipping and the cost of the items. This is something that a few or more than a few sellers have been asking for and once again they have been heard and received.

Bonanzle now has the "tell a friend" about an item link, located at the bottom of each listing. As well as the twit it link. Both are going to be a great asset to Bonanzle sellers.

Check out the Bonanzle widget up there in the right corner, it no longer has that white boarder. Not that is awesome! It really looked odd with it, however we did get widgets that are super easy to make and use.

Supporting Bonanzle members can now see just exactly where their buyer came from. Along with their e-mail address for fuuture promotions. You do however have to give your clients an opt out if they choose to do so.

Bonanzle currently has 47,354 members, 12,722 Bonanzle booth owners and 643 supporting members. Bonanzle is still #4 on the PSU listing count board with 1,686,256 listings.

If you are looking for a place to sell, then do yourself a favor and check out Bonanzle. There are no listing fees, no booth fees and the final value fees are next to nothing. If you are looking for some really great deals then come on over and meet some really nice folks, and get some really great deals at Bonanzle!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Bonanzle Premiere or Plus Members Can Now Print Out Inventory

There was a new blog from Bill this morning. When you see a new blog, you know that something has changed or a new feature has been added to Bonanzle.

Now Plus or Premiere Bonanzle members are able to print out their inventory. This feature is one that so many had been asking for and now can have. You can also grab your buyers e-mail address for your future e-mail marketing, of course your buyer has to opt into this. And coming next week they will also be able to see exactly where their buyer came from. These memberships can be purchased through Ghost's Bonanzle booth, as well as a whole lot of other cool Bonanzle products.

Bonanzle currently has 44,872 users, 12.309 Bonanzle booth oweners and 637 supporting members. Bonanzle is still #4 on the PSU listing count with 1,648,679 listings.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Bonanzle Says Farewell to Bizzy

After what seemed a never ending day on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, it was finally over. Bonanzle said farewell to Bizzy! As far as most sellers were concerned she had over stayed her welcome of the one day. Her first and last. I don't think she will be missed.

There has also been another change in the amount of promos that you can make in the "promote your booth" forum. It started out with no rules, some folks would have several posts and would continue to "bump" them every time it would roll off of the front page.

So, Bonanzle made it two posts per person per day in the "promote your booth" forum. Folks were up set with "only" being able to post two per day. So, it is now you can post five posts in the "promote your booth" forum every three days.

Oh my goodness! Folks are upset again, they have lost one post. What isn't being realized here is that when the post roll off to the second and third page with in a few minutes, you have wasted your time with the post. No one is going to see it and they aren't going to go looking for it.

This new system will work to the sellers advantage. When posting, your post will stay at the top for quite a while. They aren't rolling off of the front page within minutes, people will now see them. This is what you want, isn't it? People to actually see your post.

Bonanzle currently has 44,587 users, 12,269 Bonanzle booth owners and 642 supporting members. Bonanzle is still #4 on the PSU listing count board with 1,643,244 lsitings.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Bonanzle's New Booth Assistant or Annoyance?

Bonanzle has had a couple of changes the last few days and some have been great while others are just plain tacky. Kudos to Bill and Mark for the limit of 2 postings in the "Promote Your Booth" forum. However, this little find this morning, well sure did bolt me awake, and is just tacky.

A few days ago Bonanzle limited the number to two postings in the "Promote Your Booth" forums from each seller. This was something that I hated to see happen, on the other hand something really had to be done about the constant spam of the board. Within minutes your post would be buried to page 3 or 4. Now you can go into the "Promote Your Booth" forum and read different sellers offering many different items and discounts.

I do think that now there is a limit more will look at the forum and not just move on over it. More productive and many will use their posts wisely. You do have to promote your booth off of the site. Yes, sellers are buyers, but there is a whole wide world of buyers that have still not heard of Bonanzle or your booth.

This morning Bill had a new blog, introducing "Bizzy" bot. I call her Bizzy Brat. She tells tacky very gross jokes. This is NOT the person that I want to be greeting my customers or friends. There is no way to turn her off for good. Not to mention that anyone can turn her on and not even do it intentionally. Customers that are coming to Bonanzle for the first time are not going to see her as funny or inviting.

I know that today is April Fool's day, however this is really done in bad taste. There have been so many threads about taking better pictures, better descriptions to make a hand picked list to appear on the front page. This is NOT a professional appearance. The Bizzy Brat is not someone that I want to greet my customers, especially first time guests to the site.

Bill, do us all a favor give us an option to shut her up permanently or just pull her plug.