Originally Posted by Aspendos
Don't think the occasional seller trying to flock a tie or other accessory at a low price would still be posting here if they had to pay for bumps or vanish off the face of the earth (out of visibility and people's attention) in a few hours.
My question is, where would they go? If there is competition out there, then that is something that we would certainly be interested in seeing - seeing how the competition measures up, and seeing how we can offer something better. Certainly, I don't see Ebay is being competition, since there would be no cost to an initial offering here. We want to make our B&S the best available option on the market.
DocH and whursurdadi, I see your points. One option that I did think about was a system in which X number of threads within Y days would be free, but after that, there would be an insertion fee greater than the bump fee. The desired effect would be that sellers would not feel pressured to put everything in one thread, but that it would be to their best advantage to put things into appropriate categories. It would also mean the reposting would not be financially feasible (since you only get, say, 5 free threads every few weeks (high volume sellers, please comment on how many threads you currently use, and what you see as a fair number of new threads in say, a month).
Really, we are trying to optimize the combination of traffic, ease-of-administration, and profit. The current system is, frankly, a PITA to administer.
These are all things that we are thinking about, and I really appreciate your comments. Please keep them coming. On