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Monday, July 6, 2009

Santayana knew what he was talking about!

"Oh, yeah. I have their album Abraxas. I LOVE Oye Como Va."

No...not Santana...Santayana.

The guy who said: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

THAT Santayana.

I recently posted a thread in the Bonanzle forums about how certain ebay-like sites are gone or going under.

Their response? Meh. Dumb thread. Who. Take your pick.

But in general, people didn't really care to hear about the failures.

So, why did I post it? See the above-mentioned quote.

People joined the failed/failing sites hoping to find a friendlier, less expensive and less restrictive place than ebay to sell there goods.

They found those places. And those places failed.

Now people are moving to Bonanzle from ebay to find (again) a friendlier, less expensive and less restrictive place than ebay to sell there goods.

They found Bonanzle. And Bonanzle may or may not succeed.

So far, Bonanzle is doing the right things: counting on their sellers for good items and good service, making it as cheap as possible (while still actually charging), and NOT spending a gazillion bucks on advertising. They are slowly creating buzz...incredibly effective and horribly cheap!

My point is that I don't want Bonanzle sellers (or Bonanzle) to think they are immune from the problems that plagued and brought down those before them. I want the sellers (and Bonanzle) to learn from those mistakes.

So hopefully in a couple of years, I will be reading about the incredible success Bonanzle has become.

And not reading their obits on google.

So Bonanzle...PLEASE learn from the mistakes of Wagglepop and all the others. Don't think you're immune.

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