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Making Sales While Riding the Bonanza Auction Train

By Julia Wilkinson

October 23, 2011


Recently I spent an evening chatting with people while admiring and bidding on some unique and handcrafted merchandise. But I wasn't at an offline auction; I was participating in one of's "auction trains," where members use the site's community features to virtually "hop" from booth to booth using a chat box to discuss the items and make bids.

During an auction train, because you are viewing a seller's products at the same time you are chatting with them in real-time, you can get to know that seller and what makes his or her items unique.

For example, while chatting within the booth owned by Dora Rossi, aka Calcedonia, the other Bonanza users and I discussed how both she and her 88-year-old mother hand-crochet the hats, scarves, and other items in her store. She even takes custom orders during the chats, asking other members what color they want their product to be, for example.


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