Originally Posted by nahneun
I think that would be better. No one should be disadvantaged because they can't pay to keep their thread up. If you offered a premium service for those who want it, I think that would be very fair. At the same time, I think repeat offenders of the rules should at least get temp bans from the B&S market, so there should be stricter enforcement of the rules.
Originally Posted by bigbris1
This all seems very simple to me.
We all know who the mainstay sellers are (they are basically here to sell items for profit) and who the people that are trying to recoup or pass on an item that doesn't work for them on to another member (the buyers who will not try to weasel out of a deal because of buyer's remorse or fit issues, or simply something they no longer have use for).
The two should be segregated at the hands of the public at large. If a person's activity is mostly in the B&S section, they should pay a premium for listing their wares. The others should be able to list for free. I think this would quell the taking advantage of PSAs, and the like.
The main reason I don't buy many items listed on B&S is because I know I can get to the store the seller bought it at and get it for the price they paid. Most of the items I have purchased have been from buyers who either no longer have a need for the item or it just doesn't work for them. The people who list stuff and blatantly state, "last bump before I return the item" or "latest Saks, Marshalls, Daffy's, Nordstrom haul" should be charged. Period.
Originally Posted by SpooPoker
Thinking out loud here, but maybe some options -
There seems to be a clear difference in needs between the occasional seller (closet cleaning once or twice a month, etc) and a high volume seller (new items at least once a week). What do you think about reconfiguring the structure of the B&S section by dividing it into a storefront section for high volume sellers and a section for one offs? The "store" section of the site would have options for pinning on the marquee, 1000 messages in the PM box, and maybe 50 or 100 items on the front page. A monthly nominal fee could be applied to list in the "store" section, where the one-off section would operate largely as it is now, fee free. Storefront sellers could have the option for a $1 bump to advertise drops, new items, etc. One off sellers can bump their items for free, but would have a limit of times per thread before it is locked, to prevent any gaming.
To clear up other technicalities, you can create another subfora for PSAs and ICs. When clicking on the "Buying and Selling" tab from the main page, you can have the option to choose which subfora to browse, or you can browse all new messages posted on one main page (so exposure is not limited to anyone who cant understand which tab to click).
Again, Im not sure how viable or possible any of this is, just thinking out loud. Anyone agree/disagree?
Any suggestions that will require more moderation are just not going to be implemented. It's really that simple, so there is no need to make these suggestions. The new system is going to be implemented so that we essentially have to do no moderation except to kill blatant spam. There is going to be a fee for bumps. There is a 99.99999% chance of this happening. The fee for bumps will make the original discussion of the thread - i.e. abuse of the system, moot. We will simply use the market to sort that out. If you have prices considerably higher than that of the competition, you can bump 100x, and it still won't sell, and you'll be out however much 100 bumps is worth.
There will also be no additional subfora, so please don't suggest any of those either. There will be a tag system. If you are too lazy to use it, well...
ICs will be the same as a sales thread, so you better be sure you want to sell something. There is already a subforum for WTB. In the future, if you post a WTB in the FS subforum, you'll probably just get banned. Yes, the WTB forum gets many fewer views, but other people have to deal with that too, and you are not a special flower.
There will be no segregation of B&S users. Whether you want to use the premium services (bumps, pinned threads, larger PM boxes, etc...) would depend on what they are worth to you.
The discussion here is how to make the forum useful for big and small sellers alike, and of course, to make the forum easier to use for buyers.