|Tue Feb 26 2008 23:02:56|
Bargainland Survives Post-eBay Troubles
By: Ina Steiner
Many AuctionBytes readers know of former eBay PowerSeller Bargainland (Paul St. James) and were interested in our story of Paul's decision to stop selling on eBay and start his own website, Bidtopia.com.
We subsequently wrote about the string of bad luck that affected one of Paul's Bargainland warehouses (it did not his Bidtopia auction site). Paul sent an update today:
You had asked me to keep you updated on events. As you know from your article, Bargainland lost 180,000 square foot facility in Southaven from the Tornado, and then fire. As of Monday just over 2 weeks from the disaster, we have found a new facility and already have listings back up on Bidtopia again. Within 30 days we should be back to full listing capacity. The new facility is nearly 250,000 square feet (larger than our previous place) and 8 tractor trailer loads of new product has already been unloaded for auctions.
We were also flabbergasted that our auction customers put together a donation fund and collected over $2,000 to host an employee appreciation diner! I am unaware of any auction customer base that is that committed and dedicated to the well being of a seller, and we at Bargainland are extremely grateful.
Paul sent some photos, this is one of the "lister" pits where all the auction listings take place.