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Play with a Demo Store on Bonanza’s New Webstore

Over 1,000 sellers have opened a Bonanza Webstore since the platform launched last month, the company said as it announced improvements and new features.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and a demonstration is worth even more – you can see a demo Webstore at ATestablestore.com. The Bonanza team is known for their humor, a fact one is reminded of when seeing that “A Testable Store” becomes “Ate Stable Store” that features such items as Zero Calorie Chocolate Cake.

The demo store does its job – you can try out features, do a search, add a product to your shopping cart, and then view the cart. Since the products aren’t real, you can’t actually checkout, but you can see the payment options on the checkout page (Bonanza Express Checkout, Checkout with PayPal, and Checkout with Amazon).

You can also try out different themes using the theme-preview bar at the top of each page.

Among the new features is the ability to show a list of Featured Products on your store’s homepage based on various criteria. Before, sellers had to choose which products to feature manually. Now, sellers can opt to have the Featured list automatically filled based on Popularity, Highest Price, Lowest Price, Newest, or Name.

Sellers on Bonanza pay no fees to set up a traditional “Booth” on Bonanza, but pay a commission when an item sells; with a Webstore, a merchant pays $25/month, with zero commission fees. Note that a Booth is a requirement of selling through Webstore, so if you happen to get a sale through your Bonanza booth, you’ll pay a commission fee on that sale.

Bonanza explains “What’s New in a Nutshell” with regard to its Webstore: four new themes; Custom page menu; Featured items; Webstore analytics; Sitemaps; Collect email from visitors; Call-to-action popups; and Webstore Analytics.

The features are described in the announcement on the Bonanza website, and you can learn more in this September article from EcommerceBytes about the Bonanza Webstore launch.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.