Like my previous post, this one also includes multiple topics and is partly about eBay and partly about Bonanzle.
I found an old article in which Bill Harding is interviewed and explains how he created the site to be simple and easy to use:
On Bonanzle Marketplace, Simplicity Sells
If you are at all interested in Bonanzle, make sure you read the article. There is some information in it that I have not read elsewhere.
Harding mentions how complicated sites like eBay are. I agree. Earlier when I wrote my previous post, I needed to find eBay's fee chart so that I could figure what my eBay fees would have been. I went to the help pages and searched for fees. I had to click on around five different pages before I finally found the one with the fees. On Bonanzle, the link to the fees page sends users to the fees page. How original! Imagine if all sites could be like that !
I have a few items that I have bought today on eBay, and I decided to pay for them tonight. In My eBay (the "new and improved" version, of course), I found it not that easy to immediate spot the items that needed payment sent. I knew that it looked different in the old version, but I could not immediately recall what in the old version made the unpaid items stand out.
EBay Canada has not yet been changed to the "new and improved" version, so I went to eBay Canada. Now I see! Here is the old version, which has little yellow boxes indicating that payment needs to be sent:
The ones that need to be paid really stand out in comparison to the ones that are already paid. Here is the new version:
In the new version, the "Pay now" and the "Leave feedback" links look very similar, so it is not so easy to spot the unpaid items. How is this better? What kind of people design something that is inferior to the original product?
In the last 24 hours, Bonanzle has gained around 1,000 users, which is the biggest gain I've seen in a single day in the last month. It must be the Bonanzle mention in AARP.
Also, I have now seen another one of my Outdoor Girls books on the homepage. For some reason, my Outdoor Girls books are liked by Bonanzle's homepage.