Originally Posted by jaypee
Is anyone else tired of seeing the same crappy ads at the top of the for sale forums?
Old B&S was for people to put up items realistically priced to encourage a shortish-term sale. Sellers would aim to have items up on a Friday or Saturday, most items sold by the early part of the next week, and shipped out by the end of the week. This encouraged sellers to list stock as they could rely on a prompt sale; buyers flocked as the pricing was realistic and turnover decent. A degree of competition for both sellers and buyers helped everyone. Nowadays, it's a long-term advertising space for a couple of small businesses, and private sellers with unrealistic pricing. On a weekend, the constant bumping puts a new thread off the first page of 50 threads in six hours.
As well as B&S rule changes, it could be there's been a significant change to the stock availability, or to the buyer and seller demographic. The growth of retailers such as Mr Porter probably changes B&S as well. Either way, these days it doesn't seem worth the trouble for a seller to list items, or for a prospective buyer to check listings.
End free bumps, and limit sellers to three threads? The current many-threads format encourages sellers to list as many threads as possible, to drown out competitors who then respond likewise. Why have one thread offering Ties - Drakes RLPL Marinella Paul Stuart
when you can have four threads?