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There are a fair number of people who make a living on Ebay. I’ll admit that I’ve done my share of buying and selling there also, but every time there is an Ebay fee increase I start to look for an alternative. If you’re an Ebay seller you know where I’m coming from. Between the fees for listing and selling your item and the fees that paypal charges my Ebay account takes a lot of my profit.

My quest to find a low cost ebay alternative led me to Bonanza is ebay like in that it allows you to sell online, but it's fees are much lower!

Ebay Fees

Ebay Fees and Alternatives Fees Vs. Ebay Fees

The is a market difference between Ebay listing fees and listing fees. Primarily because Bonanza has no listing fees. That’s right Bonanza does not charge you to list you products. They don’t charge upgrade fees for photos. They don’t charge fees on shipping. They don’t charge for a lot of things. They do charge monthly fees for packages that upgrade your services such as background burns and customer tracking. Bonanza also charges for offsite advertising if you want to accelerate your sales. They seek compensation for advertising your products on Ebay, Google Shopping,, and elsewhere.

The decision is yours to make in regards to how much you spend. If customers are meeting your needs you don’t need to spend the extra money on advertising.

Bonanza Fee Table

FOV under $500

3.5% of FOV for standard booths, or 5.9% of FOV for Managed Merchants

FOV greater than $500

$17.50 + 1.5% of the amount over $500

$0.50 cent minimum fee. Poll

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Other than ease of use and lower cost (free) I don’t see much difference between an Ebay store and a Bonanza both. The major differences are expense, display, ease of use, and customer tracking. I guess there were more differences than I thought. To me Bonanza’s booths are more aesthetically pleasing than Ebay stores.

Ease of Use

I find to be far easier to use than Ebay. Your booth is set up so that you can easily access your products performing edits at will. You can also duplicate products which a very efficient way to add related products to you shop.

Is the Best Ebay Alternative? may not be the best ebay alternative, but it sure is a good one. It is cheaper, easier to use, and listing fees are nonexistent. Where lacks is in the amount of traffic. Granted Bonanza receives a lot of internet customers, but nothing compared to Ebay. also has a greater diversity of categories, but I wouldn’t count Bonanza out. I’m sure that they will increase their category diversity as they grow.


Bonanza is a winner. It is cost effective and easy to use. Signing up is free so why not give it a try. You may just find a new home for all those great products you are trying to sell!

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Hub Update 6/10/2013

This past month I paid out the 17% to have my products published on Ebay and Google shopping. Yes my sales did go up, but to my surprise Bonanza used my Ebay account to advertise my products. They simply adjusted the price to cover their fees. That being the case I decided to disallow Bonanza from advertising my products on Ebay. I still made several sales trough Bonanza and Google shopping, but I did notice a dramatic decrease in product views. In all I still believe that Bonanza is a great alternative to Ebay, but the Ebay marketing function is not worth the 17% marketing fee when you can utilize your own Ebay account.


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    • collegedad profile image

      collegedad 3 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Metal I don't know where you're getting them from. I've never been charged $10 for any sale through Bonanza and it is not in there pricing.

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      Metal 3 years ago

      oh they don't charge for shipping? i just visited the site pricing page. they deduct $10 for every item shipped.

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Thanks for the tip. I will check out the site.

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      collegedad 4 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Thanks for stopping by DREAM ON and Lizolivia! Give Bonanza a try, I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

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      Lizolivia 4 years ago from Central USA

      Helpful and interesting, I haven't heard of Bonanza but will visit their site. Thanks

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      I will look into Bonanza .com for a chance to sell some unwanted items.Thanx so much for the great informative hub.

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      collegedad 4 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      From what I know of Etsy people develop steady clients over time. One of my neighbors told me that it took her a couple of years to get her start on Etsy. She makes about $400 a month now. I'd give Bonanza a try. I sold items my first week.

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      I'm looking for a site to sell my crochet items and jewellry. Etsy is so competitive. I will check out Bonanza. Thanks.

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      collegedad 4 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      billybuc, I've been using for about five months now with good success. Even with items like fishing tackle which I never thought would sell.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good information! I've never heard of this site but I'll check them out.