Originally Posted by bmulford
No - don't ban - when there are still other items in the thread for sale.
Yes - ban them - when its informational only.
I agree with this. And when the final item is sold, there certainly shouldn't be a "sold" bump.
But allowing "sold bumps" when items are sold in multi-item sales threads biases visibility towards those threads. This is fundamentally good for the forum as it:
a) encourages single threads for each seller at any given time
b) encourages "large hauls" of quality merchandise for sale (which tends to be the NWT high value outlet hauls) rather than single items (which tend to be used one-offs).
Yes, of course, I'm very biased because the "sold bumps" help my own sales threads at times. But I also happen to think multi-item large sales threads are much more interesting from a buyer perspective than single-item threads.
What I DO think should go are multiple sales threads running concurrently by the same seller. That I find far more unfair to other sellers than a single sales thread with, say, 10 items being bumped to inform of a sale. And lots of multiple concurrent single/low item sales threads by the same seller is what would be encouraged if the "sold bump" was eliminated (since you could artificially raise visibility that way). That would be MUCH more annoying.
Besides, it's actually extremely easy to find ways of bumping a thread if you want to, even if you were to ban "sold item x" posts, so it would be a fairly pointless change too.
Finally, let's not pretend that the suggestion of removing "sold bumps" is a selfless gesture designed to increase parity between sellers. It's about driving down the price on SF for buyers, by encouraging more price cuts (which, incidentally since there are more buyers than sellers, will mean a poll will always be tilted in favour of further restrictions on sellers, so is hardly the only means by which a decision should be made). As a seller, there comes a point where it's preferable to go to eBay than price cut (despite eBay's many problems) and this move would encourage that.
For instance, I recently had an RLBL suit for sale here, initially at $599. It got price cut down to $499 over about a week, but didn't sell. I took it to eBay and got $570+shipping. If you encourage people to go to eBay sooner, by discouraging multi-item sales threads, it doesn't help buyers all that much, but increases hassles all round (I think we all prefer to deal direct through SF than via eBay).