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Copied by request from http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=124651 ... ----- I get this question a lot. Because: * You bumped your thread by saying "bump" * You bumped it by posting more pics or measurements in a reply to the OP * You bumped it by answering a question in a reply to the OP * You bumped it to say "item x sold" * You bumped it to say "somebody buy these please" * You bumped it for any other reason other than a significant price reduction, added items, or move to ebay at low starting bid * You bumped it to say "PM sent" or anything like that * You bumped it * You bumped it * You bumped it * You bumped it, "but only once per day/week/whatever" (?!!!!!??!??!!!) * You bumped it for _____ reason * You bumped it because you can't/won't read/follow rules * You bumped it because you want to drive us all crazy and cause us more hassle GET THE IDEA?! QUIT IT. Deleting your bumps and closing your threads is a pain and it makes me feel stupid when I have to spend my time doing it despite being quite clear about the rules. The other mods don't enjoy it either. Do you think maybe you could stop now? THANKS. BTW, if you PM/email me this question, I will generally just ignore it because the rules are here to see. Then again, if you're reading this, you shouldn't have any reason to PM or email me this question, so I suppose this addendum is pointless. -- Addendum: additional items or "items moved to ebay", assuming they are not used to game the system, are acceptable reasons to bump a thread. (4/30/10)
post #2 of 394
And just to clarify for clarity sake: Is it true that: -One cannot answer questions in their own threads and in effect, bump the thread? I know, i know, getting repetative, just want to get it from the Horse's mouth.
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Originally Posted by FStyles View Post
And just to clarify for clarity sake: Is it true that: -One cannot answer questions in their own threads and in effect, bump the thread? I know, i know, getting repetative, just want to get it from the Horse's mouth.
Yes, it is true. Don't answer questions in replies to a thread, edit them into the OP and/or PM the member who asked.
post #4 of 394
Good you raised that question, that could be a tricky one.
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bump
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Originally Posted by j View Post
Yes, it is true. Don't answer questions in replies to a thread, edit them into the OP and/or PM the member who asked.

Seems kind of Draconian, no? I'm not a frequent seller here, so I guess it's not a huge deal for me, but it seems like mere protocol to answer a question asked by reply, as you did in this very thread.
post #7 of 394
I don't sell very much, but I do buy from time to time. If I PM the seller I like to post "PM Sent" to bump his thread as a show of support as well. Is this not allowed?
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Originally Posted by MisterGee View Post
Seems kind of Draconian, no? I'm not a frequent seller here, so I guess it's not a huge deal for me, but it seems like mere protocol to answer a question asked by reply, as you did in this very thread.

+1
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Originally Posted by aleksandr View Post
I don't sell very much, but I do buy from time to time. If I PM the seller I like to post "PM Sent" to bump his thread as a show of support as well. Is this not allowed?
I think the rules apply only to sellers bumping their own threads. I think buyers can do what they want. Stuart
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I think it's very clear - as I understand it, the only reason to post a response in your own thread is for a price drop or to add items. Anything else can easily be accomplished via editing original post or PM. I'll be the first to admit I've done some of these before, but won't be doing them again.
post #11 of 394
what if we cant edit the original post because its been too long?
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I feel a free bump by the seller should be allowed after a certain period of time. Else the only option after he's done price dropping is to start a new thread for the same item. A seller should be able to get some new eyeballs on his stuff without having to infinitely price drop. I am not saying it should be allowed once per 24 hours but something like once per fortnight should be allowed IMO. The problem I see with this is of course the policing of the sellers. It is very frustrating to find your thread on page 3 and the only way to get your thread to the top is to price drop. The only way to get some potential buyers to see your stuff is to either start a new thread or to set the initial asking price way too high so you have a margin to have multiple price drops.
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There are two problems:

1) Sometimes the item is not sold for a few months and it's impossible to update the original thread.

2) Sometimes just after listing some new stuff, a few brainy people start 10 threads at the same time (one for each item they sell) and the new thread is out of the first page in just 10-15 minutes.
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Originally Posted by MisterGee View Post
Seems kind of Draconian, no? I'm not a frequent seller here, so I guess it's not a huge deal for me, but it seems like mere protocol to answer a question asked by reply, as you did in this very thread.

I agree, this is bad policy. If I have a question on an item but I see that someone has already asked it, I expect the answer to be replied so that it is public (and I can be informed of it by subscribing to the thread). If the OP PMs the asker, then I won't see it. If the OP just updates his original post, then I won't see it unless I go back to the thread. Therefore this policy does a disservice not only to sellers but to buyers as well.
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Originally Posted by aj_del View Post
I feel a free bump by the seller should be allowed after a certain period of time. Else the only option after he's done price dropping is to start a new thread for the same item.

A seller should be able to get some new eyeballs on his stuff without having to infinitely price drop. I am not saying it should be allowed once per 24 hours but something like once per fortnight should be allowed IMO.

The problem I see with this is of course the policing of the sellers.

It is very frustrating to find your thread on page 3 and the only way to get your thread to the top is to price drop. The only way to get some potential buyers to see your stuff is to either start a new thread or to set the initial asking price way too high so you have a margin to have multiple price drops.

I think most of the sellers here know that neither of these tactics work. You can try to do this, but your thread is going to sit anyway.

I also think its silly that folks place SOOOOO much value of 1st page real estate. Actual buyers know to go back a few pages as that's where thee deals are. Those who are ONLY browsing the 1st page are kicking tires anyway, and you'll get a dumb PM asking a useless question with no response....

Just think about how many useless pm's you get when your thread is new and on teh 1st page? "Can you comment of fit" -no response. "True to size?" -no response.


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Originally Posted by PocketCircle View Post
There are two problems:

1) Sometimes the item is not sold for a few months and it's impossible to update the original thread.

2) Sometimes just after listing some new stuff, a few brainy people start 10 threads at the same time (one for each item they sell) and the new thread is out of the first page in just 10-15 minutes.


I really don't think its that big of a deal.

drastic changes need not happen, and if sellers follow the guiding principles of selling, your item will get sold:

List stuff people want at a good price. the market will decide and guys, it really does.

Let's be honest--its rare for an item to sit for months at a time (and even RARER if its a coveted item). In those situations, if after the thread is locked and un-editable, then i doubt anyone would care if you bumped it or created a new thread.

BUT
and this is a huge BUTT, this is after 3+ months. I for one hardly ever keep stuff for this long, and the few straggling item usually get rolled into a new, bigger thread later on.


I think all these rules are created so that we can minimize the BS on B&S. There's no way to keep everyone happy but I think these rules are fair.


re: Smartass members who creates 10 threads: Let the community deal with him. The rules have already been set for us who care to abide by them. Those who want to game the system aren't smart enough to get passed us.

Pocketcircle: I'm confident that you for one wouldn't let those type of transgressions slip so let's just get on with our selling and buying lives and see hwo it pans out.
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