Originally Posted by mainy
Okay, I have been thinking about this. Here is my idea.
When you go to list an item, first you pick the category.
Then you get a box, for the first pair. Select photo, size, details, and make the payment / shipping terms. You fill it out, and then you hit next. Payment and shipping terms are automatically added to each pair you add from there on out. Then you can add another pair. Etc. Then, in the forum, it shows up - So and So's Shoes for sale. There is a + next to the thread title. You click it, and it expands and shows each individual listing. Or, you can click on the So and So's shoes for sale title, and view them ALL AT ONCE in a thread that adds each individual item together into a conglomerate post. Sweet! You allow everybody to have one of these threads for each category. This would sort stuff out easy, but still allow you to view all of somebody's wares of a specific category at once.
OR, there could be a link (VIEW ALL) next to the seller's name to view all of their listings regardless of category on one page.
Then, if you add a new item to your category, it adds to your index page.
I think this would address the following issues:
Ease of listing: For each category of item, you can keep adding items and it would remember all your terms, etc and it would simply be a matter of clicking through and uploading a different photo and typing in details for the item. No different than before.
Ease of browsing: People that want the bazaar like feel of old SF can click the Category Thread title to view all of the seller's wares in that category, or they can click VIEW ALL to see all of a seller's wares in ALL categories in one big thread like before.
Threads would take up less space as only the titles would be visible, photos would only be visible when a thread is clicked to be expanded. Or, somebody could always change their default browsing setting to view all threads automatically expanded.
This is kind of convoluted but it's 4AM, so hopefully somebody gets this idea.
Oh, and RE: Restoring the Sense of Urgency (TM) for buyers - I think my idea would help this a lot, as it would make all of a seller's items visible much in the way they used to be. But some other potential ideas would be:
SF Selling hotsheet - A page of only items added in the past hour (this is probably easy to set up as is, but if there were a link to it, people might use it). Or notifications when your favorite seller adds a new item.
Special buying privileges - not sure how this would work, maybe long time members get to view listings 10 minutes before everybody else can? Or make it so sellers can make their FS threads viewable to their favorite buyers before the general public. Some form of exclusivity.
I'm going to think on this some more tomorrow
Mainy - I happen to think this is a great setup. Really good idea. I dont know if this dropdown menu is possible though. That probably costs money to reconfigure, and Im all but sure thats not going to happen, so we have to play with the setup thats in place right now. Here are my basic bullet points to help this system work better for buyers and sellers.
- Remove the text preview from the main screen
- Add a post count to the main screen
- Bold the pageviews, maybe move them somewhere else
Now, tell me what you guys think about these issues :
- Remove the price from the main screen (need to click on the listing to see it)
- To pay for bumps, with the ability to bump when you need
- How do you feel about the bolding of titles and highlighting of titles? Does it make a difference in which items you focus on?
- To have multiple items listed in a thread, but you need to create new classifieds for each one, and the link to the classified appears in your original post
(basically this is like Mainy's idea where you click one listing, and maybe there is a little number next to the post that reads "[XX] additional items from seller" in the body, and there are links within the classified to the other items you are selling). Right now, these appear on the right hand column of the screen, but rather to be integrated in the body of your FS post
- How do you feel about the current pricing structure for the upgraded PowerSeller program? Fair? Too much for what you get?
- Do you search by category now that it is possible, or do you view the listings by timestamp, and just look at everything in general?
These are just things I am kicking around, not sure if any are possible, just trying to get a sense of what we need.