You know the more you tell me about this situation, the more confused I am about what on earth could have possibly caused the suspension, it's completely bizarre to me!
I do still sell on eBay, but only part time of late. I kind of get withdrawl symptons if I'm out of the market too much lol. I'll be going full-time again very shortly with my own range of products that I am having custom made for me. I'm a bit of a control freak and that gives me complete control over my market so if anything stuffs up, the blame is on myself :)
My theory with all sites, Bonanza included is if they have no up-front listing fees, then all you have to lose if your investment in the time it takes to list the items. Now you're never going to get the same traffic flow through a Bonanza that you are through an eBay of course, so your potential sales are never going to be in the same ball-park.
But it's all about maximising your online footprint as cheaply as possible, so if you have the time to invest in establishing yourself on these smaller marketplaces, then you have ZERO to lose. That aside, if more poeple get behind these smaller market-places then they will grow and that can only benifit everyone, sellers and buyers alike.
So you can look at it from nboth sides, nothing to lose and you're doing your bit to drive up trafic flow and increase competition for the big guys and force them to then be a more competitive market place for sellers, not just for buyers as they currently are. Just keep your expectations in check, as I said, smaller traffic flow equals smaller potential sales in the pipeline.
One bit of advice, never let a customer purchase anything without getting them on mailing list. Every time you make a sale, that is another potential sale waiting to be made, so you need to build up a mailing list of customers and develop a mail out to them once a month with sime special offers to encourage more business.
This is where having your own website is also an advantage, because you then have a site you can direct them to for all future purchases and start saving on all fees associated with selling on other market-places. It take time to build up a customer base, but if you do it right, it can be a lot quicker than most expect as customers have family and friends and if you target them effectively, you'll have your customer spreading teh word for you
Marketing 101, turing a customer into a sales channel :)