Thursday, December 03, 2009

Bonanzle Boardroom Episode 2 December 3, 2009

Tonight was Bonanzle Boardrooms' 2nd episode. Wow what a great audience. The chat room was packed full. The chat box was overrunning with incredibly insightful questions and comments. Laughter, fun and more importantly, learning. Covering everything from the Bonanzle News to the winners of the Burning Bonanzle Question.

Yes you read it right. Two Burning Bonanzle question winners




Here is the link to the podcast.

Bonanzle Boardroom episode 2

Have fun Bonanzling!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

eBay 50% off Insertion Fee Auction Style Listings Nov 25, 2009

Hi, all

eBay announced that November 25, 2009 they are offering a 50% off insertion fees on all Auction Style listings.

eBay 50% off Insertion fee Sale

So get those listings up in preparation for the launch of the Holiday Shopping Season

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bonanzle Boardroom premier Podcast!

November 5, 2009 aired the live, premier Bonanzle Boardroom podcast. A full hour packed full of all kinds of information the Bonanzle sellers need and want.

The Burning Bonanzle question was won by Kaboodlegifts. They asked about a subject that everyone wonders about...Do paid Bonanzle subscribing members get better placement in search results on the Bonanzle site and in Google product shopping.

The special guest was our very own Mark Dorsey of Bonanzle. Mark is the Bonanzle forum monitor which is just one of his many duties. It was a true pleasure to have him as a guest. He addressed some weighty issues as well as the future expectations of Bonanzle growth.

The tips from the white board was about the new "Vacation setting" feature recently added at Bonanzle.

We had a premier sponsor for the podcast. Karen from
mommysbazaar sponsored the first ever podcast. Take a minute to visit mommysbazaar's booth for a true eclectic of goodies

To hear all the entire podcast, visit

Bonanzle Boardroom podcast

Until next month's podcast,,, happy Bonanzle selling!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Typical eBay day

TheBrewsNews had an interesting article on their website about a typical eBay day for most any eBay seller.

The hard to navigate eBay site creating an extremely difficult task to try and communicate with uneducated buyers is sometimes almost overwhelming. Checkout system is difficult seasoned buyers never mind new buyers. Contacting a buyer can be anything but easy.

Now eBay has been sending out surveys to a select group of sellers inquiring about how sellers would best like to see fees. Insertion as well as Final value fees. And we all know that anytime eBay starts polling with surveys, there are changes on the way.

Take a look at the great article TheBrewsNews wrote about their typical Monday morning dealing with buyers. Any eBay seller will be quite familiar with the scenarios

Just Another Typical Monday Morning as an eBay Seller

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bonanzle Essay winner

Yes I am a bit late but being late doesn't make it any less significant. Bonanzle had an Essay contest to celebrate when they reached 100K users.

Relentless simplicity was still the theme. And on September 30, 2009, the winner was announced....

jsgear of Bonanzle won the contest. He has a great booth selling all kinds of HO trains. So be sure to drop by his booth!

And then take the time to read his great essay!


Monday, October 12, 2009

Bonanzle Boardroom is open

For Immediate Release


Phaedra Stockstill

@ The Boutique


Judy Oglesby


The Bonanzle Boardroom is Prepped and Ready

Phaedra Stockstill and Judy Oglesby have teamed up to bring you a new monthly podcast - The Bonanzle Boardroom. Creating a one stop podcast for up to date, rock solid information about selling on this exciting marketplace.

On November 5th, 2009 at 8 pm Est the premier broadcast will air on Talkshoe. The podcast will last one hour and will bring to the air the knowledge of both of these wonderfull ladies. Covering updates on what's new on Bonanzle, tips from the white board, and solid eCommerce information.

Airing once a month on the first Thursday of every month, the Bonanzle Boardroom will be one hour of Bonanzle information, updates, and selling tips. Keeping up with all things Bonanzle has never been easier.

For further information you can visit the Bonanzle Boardroom page on Talkshoe
Or visit the newly created Bonanzle Boardroom website, BonanzleBoardroom

Judy Oglesby

Saturday, October 10, 2009

How Time Flies

In a few weeks will mark the two year anniversary of when our oldest twin son took an 18 foot fall headfirst from the iron on a building he was erecting, nearly claiming his life.

The road to recovery has had its challenges. He is a walking miracle. I see our son returning to his "old self". That same sparkle in his eye is back. That disarming from the heart kind of smile is there. But what is totally cool is some of the "Brain" things are working again.

Prior to the fall, he use to be able to calculate in his head faster than you could run numbers on a calculator. Do complex mathematical calculations on the jobsite without pen or paper. That was lost in the fall. But the other day, he stood in our living room, talking to his dad about a roofing job and how much foam material they would need. Without even noticing, he stood there and ran the job numbers in his head, told his dad the square footage, how thick the foam needed to be and broke it down into the kits needed.

I couldn't hardly keep the tears back. Several months ago he would have had to sit down with pen and paper to do that.

He was my coffee drinking buddy. He would come by most mornings real early and grap coffee on his way to a jobsite (if he was in town). He lost his taste for coffee as well as lots of foods he use to love. The taste for coffee is returning. Now, he comes by and graps a cup. Did that yesterday. Hearing his travel mug crack open and the pot pouring coffee makes my heart so thankful. I will make 100 pots of coffee for him. God is so good.!

Now if we can just get him to eat broccoli again!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Bonanzle Boardroom Something new in the air -

There is just something going on around Bonanzle. What is it you ask?

Bonanzle Boardroom
Let's Talk Shop...

There is something new in the air. The boardroom is being prepped. Fresh crisp notepads, plenty of sharpened pencils and water at every seat.

The anticipation builds..

Who is at the head of the conference table in the boardroom?

What's on the white board?

Stay tuned to find out.......................

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Google Base/Product webinars re-scheduled!

Good day, all

Phaedra from attheboutique And Judy from bluepennylady booth have re-scheduled the Google Base/Product webinars

October 22, 2009 (Thursday) and October 29, 2009 (Thursday) at 7:00 pm CST.

There are still a few spots available.

This is a don't miss webinar. With all the changes to Google Base and Google Product, there are lots of questions. And the webinar will give you lots of answers.

So here's your chance to not only see how all this will now work for your benefit and increase your business but to ask those questions one on one.

Sign up at Phaedra's attheboutique booth

see you there!


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Google Base Webinar Postponed

Based on the Google Base announcement, Phaedra from attheboutique and I, bluepennylady, decided we better postpone the Google Base webinars.

Google Base announced they were going to require marketplaces, such as Bonanzle and eBayto upload seller's items on their behalf to Google Base. The deadline for the change over is December 1, 2009

You can read the announcement at Google Base Blog

In order to provide the attendees with the most relevant information, it is necessary to postpone.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

I am so excited I can't hardly stand it. Phaedra Stockstill from attheboutique on Bonanzle has asked me to join forces with her and teach a Google Base webinar.

The webinar is in two Parts. September 10 is Part 1 where we will cover the "How to" setup a Google Base account correctly. So many people do not understand how to configure their account or even what the settings mean. It will be at 7 pm CDT/8pm EDT.

Go here to read more or sign up for Part 1

Part 2 is on September 17 at the same time. 7pm CDT/8pm EDT. We will look at the Dashboard, how to read the performance details as well as making sense of Impressions and clicks.

For more information on Part 2

There is a discount for purchasing both classes at once.

don't miss out on this opportunity. Plus there will be a Q&A at the end of the webinar.

Look forward to seeing you!


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

BonanzleUP Wichita Thinking Outside the Box

HI all,

The BonanzleUp Wichita May 23, 2009 event was a huge success. We had such a great time and learned so much from each other. Plus getting to put faces with the names was wonderful.

Unfortunately the live broadcast had a technical glitch so the video streaming did not work. BUT never fear, I had my trusty old analog video camera,.. it is such a great camera.

And I have started editing the tapes. This is the first part of the First presentation.

Thinking Outside the box.

So Enjoy


Friday, May 22, 2009

BonanzleUP Wichita May 23, 2009

It is almost upon us! The Wichita BonanzleUP 2009 event.. And I can't hardly wait. It is unbelievable the dedication and work individuals have put into hosting these events across the US.

Last weekend was BonanzleUP Seattle, WA. The event was a huge success. I anticipate Wichita 2009 will be just as great a success. Not to mention finally putting faces with all the names. Plus all the tons of great information sellers will have access to.

I am going to try to remember to post the links to the video of the event.

It will be a great day~


Monday, February 23, 2009

Web-based Auction Management tools versus Computer-Based

Over the past few days the Auctiva website was infected with a Trojan. Auctiva users could not safely log into their accounts to manage their listings. And the buyers could not pay for items purchased.

Here is a link to an article at AuctionBytes..

Trojan Infects Auctiva

This exact scenario is one of the reasons I stay away from web-based applications. Had I been an Auctiva user, my anti virus software would not even allow me to navigate to the site, so I could not have managed a single listing for over four days.

Now I realize my own computer network could be attacked. Anyone could be. But putting my sensitive information on another site whose security could not be up to par isn't something I even don't want to think about.

I will just stick with my computer based Auction management software that I have used for years. Auction Wizard 2000

If the internet is down, doesn't matter I can continue putting in information for auctions, editing images or whatever I want to do on my computer. And I don't have to store any of my passwords or financial information on a site out there that is high profile and could easily be attacked, gleaning my information..

No waiting for a browser page to load so I can add/edit images, add description text or all the other tasks that must be done in order to manage auctions. It is on my computer and moves as fast as my computer does.

Nope, I will stay with computer based Auction management software.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Selling on Bonanzle

Hi, all,

Well I finally took the plunge and took a look at Bonanzle Great Place! Super easy to setup a booth (that is where you sell your stuff).

I set up my booth in about 5 minutes. Take a look.

bluepennylady's booth

A few mouse clicks and you are done, literally.. Site is easy to navigate and easy to understand.

Have a question, a real live human being responds. One who has read your email and responds appropriately instead of an automated non-response that doesn't help one bit.

Bonanzle will import your eBay store listings. And you can either leave them as they are or elect to Batch edit. The default Item condition at Bonanzle is "Used" so if you sell "new" stuff, you'll need to batch edit and change the item condition appropriately.

Creating a listing at Bonanzle is incredibly easy and fast. Takes about 45 seconds to list something. Their form is one page instead of the slow loading, numerous page, hard to work with Sell your Item form on eBay.

Bonanzle also provides each seller with a google base xml file. I have uploaded the xml file twice to my new google base account created specifically for Bonanzle. Not one single missing attribute or condition. I didn't do a thing to the xml file other than save it to my hard drive and manually uploaded it. Slick as a whistle.

What does it cost you ask? Well I was surprised. Listing is free. You pay Final Value fees. But they are much less than anywhere else I have checked out.
What does it cost to sell at Bonanzle?

According to my booth statistics, the first three days my bluepennylady's booth was open, the traffic was as high or higher than my
bluepennylady eBay store
And although not a landslide business, I have sold two items in the first three days. It only cost me $1.00 instead of $7.20 as it would have on eBay.

Now don't get me wrong, I am not slamming eBay. My bluepennylady eBay store generates alot of traffic. And eBay still provides a pretty good bang for your buck. But there are some New kids on the block and I think they might be quite serious about their online Auction site.

So you might ought to consider checking the Bonanzle site out.. It is looking pretty good!