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Find Your Treasure

By Staff | Feb 5, 2016

Jonathon Burns is a busy man.

The 2015 graduate of Rugby High School is pursuing a marketing degree from Lake Region State College and at the same time runs his own business: AuctionsMania.com.

AuctionsMania allows users to buy and sell their items with a 1 percent commission fee. Users can sell antiques, vehicles, art, toys, jewelry, electronics, sports memorabilia, event tickets and other items. The site does not allow the sale of guns/weapons, drugs and other items-a full list available in the site’s terms and conditions. Burns said the site encourages a user to “find your treasure.”

Burns said the process of selling items on the site is simple: Users register with the site and click “add a listing”. Then the user fills out information about items he or she wishes to sell, includes a photo, and has the option to pay $4.95 for a front page listing or $7.95 for a premium listing-which includes a front page listing, top listing in a category search, and location using Google Maps. The site also allows users to communicate via forums and direct messaging, and users can also have their items appraised and sold through other channels.

“It’s truly very easy to post stuff on the website, and you never know how much you’re going to get out of it,” Burns said.

Rugby High School alumnus Jonathon Burns started AuctionsMania.com, a new auction website, in September 2015. The site has been up and running since December.

Burns said he got the idea to start the site from buying and selling on the Rugby Facebook Rummage Sales page. With help from a partner in New Jersey, Crystal Anderson and other local residents, he got the site started in September 2015.

“It’s been a long journey since then,” Burns said.

After working out issues, the site was up and running in December.

Burns said his main reason for creating the site was to create a hassle-free experience.

“I wanted to get away from the hassle of contacting buyers and sellers, receiving the money and getting mostly talked-down on prices,” Burns said. “You still have to deal with buyers and stuff like that, but it’s a lot easier when it’s direct messages and you don’t have to worry about selling something to somebody and then having someone get mad at you because you didn’t sell it to them.”

Burns said that so far he has been able to balance his time between his studies and his business.

“I don’t really get out much,” Burns said. “I always put my online courses and AuctionsMania equal to each other, and I do have people helping me. I dedicate myself to those two things and all the other stuff is secondary.”

Burns said the website has received a lot of positive feedback since December. It garnered 195 users with limited advertising, and with the inclusion of a N.D. photography gallery and easier access gets 10 users a day. Burns said that he has recently expanded to other cities and towns in the United States and mailed advertisements to New Jersey.

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