If we want to make sure he is trustworthy, contact his company. Ok Meester man what company do you work for?
If I worked for Hasbro I wouldn't be active in Nerf nor would I live in Virginia.
If I want to make sure a person is trustworthy I will either look at their track record over time or meet them in person and spend some time determining their level of trustworthiness first hand. The person that started this thread has neither working in their favor right now. What I see is fishy.
Your track record isn't particularly great either, but that's not what we're discussing right now.
What I am pointing out is that his idea has absolutely no merit. He is not offering to inventory the items he is putting up for sale in his "store" so therefore he is not offering to do anything that the Trading section doesn't already do and yet he still wants a percentage of the sale.
eBay is a different story because it reaches a significantly more vast audience. This is both good and bad at the same time.
The store would sell
1. ) guns people have already modded and want to sell
2. ) people could also take commissions from people wanting a custom guns (but only if they are able to provide them in a timely manner
3. ) yes we would be able to sell parts and mod options for people to mod their own guns (kind of like how captainslug was selling his shotgun foregrip mod) and
4. ) as long as you don’t misrepresent yourself you can sell almost anything that you have bought (much as you would sell something on eBay)
1. Which they would have absolutely no problem doing themselves here without you taking a percentage.
2. Which they would have absolutely no problem doing themselves here without you taking a percentage. "Pay first play later" sales are kind of discouraged here anyways because of the negative track record of those that have tried to do so in the past.
3. Which I have had absolutely no problem doing myself here without you taking a percentage.
4. Which they would have absolutely no problem doing themselves here without you taking a percentage.
Seeing a trend yet?
Aside from a pretty storefront you don't bring anything to the table. And "hey, I have a store setup" is not enough to warrant people trusting you with their transactions. And you're not offering anything that makes transactions more secure or more convenient in any way.
People sell through forums rather than eBay because they know they are offering items that the community is interested in. In dealing with individuals they may have the same amount of risk as selling on eBay, but potential trouble sources are somewhat easier to identify because of their visible track record on the forum itself.
Those that buy and sell more frequently within the forum community will begin to know and trust each other.
IF we had a problem with the conduct of those in the Trading section there are plenty of things the Admins could do to increase security, but they haven't had to. Some forums have strict rules concerning trading sections. And those rules can be anything from requiring legitimate e-mail addresses, forcing members to verify their identity in their first trade, requiring the use of heatware, and so on.
Your offer would only make sense if you were offering to purchase the items from the people that want to sell them so that they are in your inventory so you can sell and ship them yourself. That is the only situation where you would be facilitating the sale and be justified in earning a profit.
However, since these items are exclusively priced very low there's no feasible way for you to make a profit doing so. And with generally low-priced items the risk factor is much smaller when dealing with individuals.And that is why I think this is a stupid idea.
Edited by CaptainSlug, 29 March 2008 - 01:20 AM.
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