Originally Posted by Ich_Dien
Think this is the last time I'll bother to pay to become a "premium" seller on B&S.
If the owners are bothered about my money, and no doubt countless of other sellers who no longer bother with B&S "premium" subscriptions, then something really needs to be done to improve that section of the site. Several members including myself have suggested simple things which would improve it considerably. However, I think the way this thread was completely swept under the carpet and the fact that nothing has been implemented despite the hundreds of dollars I and others have contributed just goes to show that the owners really aren't fussed so I'll be voting with my wallet. Not
that I'm sure it bothers them since they sold the soul of the website to the affiliate hordes.
We care, and we will actually be doing a size filter and revamping the categorization filter. However, for the most part, it is just not feasible, right now, either financially or in terms of development resources, to implement a lot of the technical changes that have been suggested. A lot of these options are what you see on Ebay or Yoox, both of which are billion plus dollar businesses. We are considerably less flush, and share development costs with other sites, to boot.
I tabulated all the good ideas, and they would cost over $100K in development, if we had the personnel to devote to it. We have neither. The total revenues from the B&S section are under $1K/m (it's actually closer to under $500, on average) and we work as a cash business. If you want to donate $100K+ to make some of these technical changes, then yes, we'd be happy to consider them more seriously. But, for example, making a "simple" token system, where people cannot bump all of their items simultaneously, requires that an entirely new core for the system be built up - that is thousands of programming hours, right there. Even businesses whose sole focus is in selling things (any store) work off of Shopify, Big Commerce, etc... and other commercial software. To built out a custom site costs at least $20K, and that is when you start with Magento. To build a whole new site, from scratch, is prohibitively expensive.
"Simple things" are simple only conceptually. Execution is much more difficult.
Our affiliate threads are enjoyed by most of our posters and readers alike - traffic and posting bears this out - and it adds value to the community. We've always been very proud of that system. This is an industry where retailers and brands often seen very remote. We allow consumers and brands to make a direct connection. However, if you don't like the advertising model for revenues, I would be happy to hear your other suggestions, as would any other publisher (including forums), of any size, out there. The subscription model doesn't work, and certainly would not work for us. If there is another option, that works, you will have revolutionized this space, entirely, and I'd love to get in on the ground floor on that.
@marblehouse is the new B&S mod, and is helping us clean it up. If there are miscategorized items, etc... it's the job of the community to self-police. We've always had few mods and few rules, because members of the community realize that things like B&S benefit it. Are you willing to guide (not threaten or insult, but guide) sellers to make proper listings? If so, we'd be happy to designate you the "go to" guy for questions. If B&S works better, you should be able to sell more and better, so it would directly influence you.