Pixel Tracker

Wednesday, February 20 , 2019, 9:54 pm | Partly Cloudy 47º


Bonqo.com Launches ‘Next Generation’ of Online Classified Advertising

Santa Barbara tech startup aims to provide a free, safer, easier online local marketplace

In the world of online classified advertising, few Web sites have enjoyed more notoriety and popularity than Craigslist. Now a local one is hitting the market that claims to manually check every advertisement for legitimacy before it gets posted on the Web site. It’s called Bonqo.com and it’s helping local buyers and sellers all along the Central Coast avoid disappointing surprises in the online marketplace. According to its local creators, ELLA Internet Technologies Inc., it is the next generation of free online classified advertising, providing a family-friendly buying and selling environment where no adult content and personals are allowed. The site individually monitors each and every listing, both for accuracy and content 24/7.

“We’re providing a free, safe, clean, easy-to-use alternative online platform for local businesses along the Central Coast of California to advertise their goods and services to their target markets, and for adults and children who want to buy and sell stuff locally over the internet,” explained Bonqo.com spokesman Taylor Scott.

“We have a team of people who check every single advertisement to make sure it’s accurate, authentic and safe for even the youngest of eyes before it gets published on the Bonqo.com Web site. That includes making sure the seller is real and making sure the words and photos in the advertisement are true. We’ve seen the misleading ads on other Web sites where a photo of a brand-new car is used to advertise a 10-year-old look-alike and a seller claims the vehicle title is “clean” (accident-free) when it’s not.

“We want to make the local online buying and selling experience safer and more hassle-free for everyone.”

To raise awareness of the Web site, the company has brought in local college students to walk the neighboring commercial districts, universities and colleges in Bonqo.com T-shirts. They’re handing out BPA-free, environmentally friendly, aluminum water bottles, carrying wireless iPads, and offering people a chance to win a free iPad in exchange for their e-mail address registration on the site. The company has also commissioned a Bonqo.com-branded vehicle to be driven from city to city up and down the Central Coast.

“We’re starting with Santa Barbara and the Central Coast because the distance is easy to navigate and it’s home,” Taylor said. “We know the value of ‘community’ — whether it’s online or in town — and we want to start in our own backyard. However, we’re also making it possible on the Bonqo.com Web site for local businesses, families and individuals to target any distance they want to find sellers and buyers for their items, as eventually we’ll also market the site in other cities.”

What is Bonqo.com doing for sales inventory at present?

“Check us out,” Taylor said. “We already have a large inventory of local items online waiting to be sold. We launched quietly initially in order to build our inventory before going public with the name of our Web site.”

The Apple iPad (WiFi+3G) Giveaway will end at noon Dec. 22, making the giveaway a nice Christmas gift.

Click here for more information on Bonqo.com.

— Jonatha King of King Communications represents Bonqo.com.

Talk to Us!

Please take Noozhawk's audience survey to help us understand what you expect — and want — from us. It'll take you just a few minutes. Thank you!

Get Started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >

Meet Your Realtor Sponsored by Village Properties

Photo of Patricia Griffin
Patricia Griffin
"I am very hands on and feel that each transaction is special and different. My clients goals are foremost in what I do to bring about a successful transaction and I maintain relationships for many years."

Full Profile >