Originally Posted by furo
What I'd like to see less of, and I'm guilty of it myself, is the good 'ol boy network of bumping threads because you like the seller...
Embarrassed now, because I've done this for nice items/good sellers too.
Sellers should be limited to the number of threads they can have stuff in. Seeing one seller with 5 threads, each with 5 items, all bumped to the top page at once, is ridiculous.
Yep, I think almost everyone can agree on this one, and that it's a little bit irritating.
And finally, this is the big one in my opinion: Maximize the number of characters allowed in the Title of the Thread, so that multiple item threads are more highly encouraged. This will also benefit buyers who seek more accurate titles to include sizes they want.
Yes. Increasing the character limit would be GREATLY appreciated. Often I want to provide lots of information in the title, but can't.
Also, increase the number of threads on the front page!
I also like the idea of allowing sellers to lock their own threads. I think this is actually an option in vBulletin (to allow users to lock their own threads) so could be easily implemented. I often see my old threads being bumped by someone else after everything is sold, and I feel bad about that (even though it's out of my control) because it's detrimental to other sellers. I would happily lock my threads once items are sold, to prevent that happening.
Originally Posted by FStyles
What I don't understand is if all these buyers and sellers are here doing business as it stands today, why is there so much desire to change?
sellers: You're making money without paying the man.
buyers: You're buying great stuff at low prices due to this
Its very clear cut that if things DO start to change (like the enforcement/rules/regulations/processes suggested here) it will;be done at OUR expense.
I strongly agree with this overall sentiment. There are some niggles about how things work here. But overall, it's about 95% perfect, and that's a HELL of a lot better than eBay or any other B&S board I've visited. There's a real risk of throwing the baby out with the bathwater by making too many changes, introducing more bureaucracy and fees.
Originally Posted by wj2009
Holdfast has made many good points in his posts.
Originally Posted by Asch
I voted "yes" on the ban (although it looks like "sold" bumps are already sort-of-banned). But then a good point was made (by Holdfast?) about the fact that the number of "sold" bumps is limited by the number of items in a thread -- creating a kind of parity for sellers with different number of items for sale in a single thread. Not sure how I feel now, but I don't use "sold" bumps myself.
Thanks guys, I'm glad you made it through my rather lengthy posts and found something useful in there.!
Originally Posted by LA Guy
I've been reading this thread with great interest. So let me derail it, and ask you what you would like if and when Styleforum Marketplace does come into being. Would set prices for services allow the market to regulate all of these problems to the benefit of both the sellers and the buyers?
Personally, I'm happy enough with the current system not to want ANY major changes.
But if they come in I would prefer a small listing fee (ringfenced for SF's benefit) to a percentage on sales. I don't have any strong opinion on paying a dollar for a bump, personally. But it would be detrimental to lower-value item sellers, I guess.
Please discuss the merits and demerits of different systems. What is the Styleforum B&S worth to you? How do we create a system that improves on what we have already?
Overall, I'd be strongly inclined to keep the current system as it is, occasional warts and all.