Guys, I have been rather quiet in the past few days while the changes were rolled out, but I think I want to chime in here.
First and foremost, Lets all remember that this is a FREE service that this forum provides. Its a niche market that sellers can source their items to, and profit largely off of it. Lets pretend for just a second that B&S in any incarnation did not exist. What are your other options? eBay? Craigslist, maybe? Sure we all sell on eBay - but you get assfucked for fees. THERE ARE NO FEES AT ALL HERE. You cater to a largely wealthy client with disposable income for free. FOR FREE.
Second - Regarding the change - sure, most of us loved the way the old forum worked. It was easy, simple, and familiar. This is new, slightly more complicated, and unusual to adapt to. But you know what? You will get used to it. Its not the same, it won't be the same ever again. We need to get used to this new format and take it by the balls. I just listed 5 new threads tonight, and yeah - even though I helped redesign the system, it was a bit tricky for me to figure out. But you know what? The next time I will get it better and learn from my mistakes. I paid my $7 happily for my "power seller" status and bump abilities, and I have ZERO problems with that. Seven bucks to potentially sell the $5,000 worth of stuff here? Any day of the week.
Third - I hear you guys about all these suggestions, and ideas to make the system better and there is some really creative stuff there. BUT understand that none of us are on the mod side of the fence seeing how much bullshit there is behind the scenes to deal with this. I consider myself lucky that the people in charge of this forum actually listened to their members and did what they could based solely on their feedback to make it better. But some changes are just not possible. Fok has explained in depth, in many different threads about what could work and what could not. Trust me when I say that Fok does not like to repeat himself, and if he is at the point of saying that he might shut the B&S - thats pretty bad. Everyone just chill. I miss the old one too - but I am absolutely taking this new one by the balls and will make it work for both me and my buyers. (You guys can start buying my shit anytime now, just saying
) As someone up thread said, buyers and sellers will find each other. The new forum will attract many new people, and largely they will be consumers. So if sellers shrink and buyers increase...what does that tell you?
Im not venting, Im not pissed, Im just saying - I can feel a palpable change in the tone of this thread and I think its best if we all stop remembering yesterday and start focusing on how we can take today and make it a better tomorrow.
No bullshit. Real talk.