SOURCE: Goodwill Industries International

December 03, 2007 16:01 ET Re-Launches With Improved Search to Popular Internet Auction Site

SANTA ANA, CA--(Marketwire - December 3, 2007) -, the nation's first and only nonprofit Internet auction site, is making it easier for treasure hunters and other online shoppers to find exactly what they are looking for. With its re-launch on Monday, December 3, the popular Internet site allows bidders to quickly preview thumbnail images of items, even from their cell phones.

Shoppers can browse through 18,000 items for sale, including a Roseville Magnolia 1940s tea set, and diamonds galore, all while benefiting Goodwill Industries. This year alone, has generated $9.9 million in sales and receives an average of more than 31,500 visits each day.

" has over 75 categories and subcategories, from antiques and toys to one-of-a-kind collectible items," says George W. Kessinger, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "The new web site improves search capabilities, providing the best possible experience for our online shoppers." is the first and only auction site created, owned and operated by a nonprofit organization. Since its launch in 1999, it has earned more than $50 million dollars for Goodwill programs with its sale items, culled from the billions of pounds of donated goods the organization collects each year.

"With 83 percent of revenues going directly into Goodwill's job training and other programs, shoppers can feel good about their purchases," says Kessinger. "And they feel protected because the items all come from one source with an internationally-respected brand name -- Goodwill Industries. It's like buying something from someone you know."

The site has retained its most popular features such as its Personal Shopper, which sends bidders e-mail alerts when items they are looking for are posted, and the Watch List, which allows shoppers to return quickly to items without searching for them again. Also, is now designed to provide easy navigation to bidders using a mobile device as well as an assistive technology, such as a screen reader.

"And we hope our new look will attract many new buyers," says Kessinger. "After all, you never know what treasures you'll find when you" is an Internet auction site that successfully coexists with the big-name online auctioneers. From 2000 to 2006, the site's revenues grew at an average annual growth rate of 111 percent.

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    Christine Nyirjesy Bragale, ABC
    Director, Media Relations
    Goodwill Industries international
    Ph. (240) 333-5264