|Tue Nov 13 2012 09:53:51|
Bonanza to Move to More eBay-Like Categories
By: Julia Wilkinson
In a blog post on November 6, "bonanzamark" (Mark Dorsey, Director of Happiness & Co-Founder of Bonanza.com) announced that Bonanza would be changing its categories to be more in line with eBay's. "We are also in the process of updating all of our traits to be more in line with what eBay has for item traits," he added, explaining that it would make importing items from eBay a much more streamlined process for Bonanza sellers ("If you have ever imported from eBay then you surely are aware of items coming over missing key traits and such"), and also make shopping easier for buyers.
Also, he noted cheekily that "eBay probably spent billions of dollars figuring out which are the best categories and traits for sellers and buyers and there really is no need to reinvent the wheel (thank you eBay)." Not to mention, that, "Thirdly, we had an election at our office and the vote was overwhelmingly in favor of this measure. Plus any reasons Bill wants to add (always give myself an out)."
The post noted that Bonanza sellers "may notice that an item for two were moved from one category to another or in some cases that your previous category was removed." But, in both cases "we will notify you directly in the edit view of the listing." He said he estimated the process would take "around two weeks give or take."
Also, a screen shot of what sellers would see if their category is updated was added, noting that, while sellers do not have to change the category their item is listed in, Bonanza highly recommends that sellers do adjust their item's category. However, customers will still be able to "search for and find any item listed in an expired category."
In the ensuing discussion thread, several sellers expressed concern that this change was being made just 7 weeks before Christmas, but bonanzamark assured them, "It would certainly be a concern if it were something that would hinder a buyer but this update is not the case. This is actually going to make it easier for buyers to find your items."
Do you have an opinion of Bonanza moving to these updated, more eBay-like categories? If you sell there (or shop there), will it be an improvement? Post a comment here!