I can see some sellers leave the system because many people just hate to pay anything before they have a sale. A lower listing volume then in turn allows staying sellers to raise the initial prices, which turns away buyers, on and on. This is just a speculation. I feel that traffic volume is the single most important factor to drive "optimal" behaviors, but what do I know:D
I disagree with this. A lower listing volume sucks for the buyers, sure. As a buyer myself, I still check it frequently during the day to find that great deal on something I never knew I needed 5 minutes before I refreshed the screen. I have not purchased anything on B&S for a few weeks, but I (and others are too, Im sure) am getting hungry for a good deal. I want that killer piece on the cheap-ish. So, the longer sellers stay away, or make prices higher, the hungrier the buyers are going to get. And when it comes, there will be plenty of people waiting to pounce. I can guarantee you that.
The trick now is, to get sellers to list stuff more frequently, and at prices set to move based on a new system where drops are no longer required. Its just a matter of readjusting your brain. Its going to take some trial and error to hit that sweet spot.
Fok, maybe you can comment on the earliest days of B&S on the old forum if you get a second, and how it compares to the new one? Id be curious to hear any comparable stories (clearly not regarding technology or logistics, but pricing, buyers and sellers, etc.)