I think the advocates wanting a buy/sell section are living in fantasy land. Everyone here is a Boy Scout only wanting to sell to a fellow enthusiast at heartwarming prices.
Otherwise, and call me cynical, does anyone really think a forum here for buy/sell would mean the stupid sellers who have no idea what they have, and for some reason, visit Vogons regularly to boot (but they are still stupid), would come out of the wood work to sell at prices not seen since never?
If anything it will be the opposite. Less protection, more sellers who know exactly what should be charged, and prices pretty much inline with eBay, if not slightly, SLIGHTLY, cheaper… maybe.
I suppose absolute crap the sellers can’t sell for much will sell for cheap here because the eBay cut is too much for items nobody wants. But someone here might want it, so that’s a plus. We’ll see a lot of $1 network cards and 64-bit OEM VisionTek Radeon 7000 VE’s.
Then there’s prices listed, which don’t include the PayPal fees; so here’s the beginnings of an argument if the seller isn’t 100% clear, and the buyer isn’t 100% stupid.
Don’t forget the anguish of the sellers who take ages to ship, usually their grandma died, or the gas station was too far away, or everyone in the house came down with tuberculosis, or the most common nonsense: “oh, it’s crazy around here I didn’t have time; I work 36 hours per day, the 20 kids have to go to school, and my wife’s car broke down..” and you better not get remind them of the deal, because they are itching to explode.
What about the quality of the listings? Most will be either a nondescript line like with “56k modem. No plug. PM me for details,” or a wall of disorganized text with listings of items already SOLD sandwiched in between the rest of the junk nobody from even Vogons wants.
And then you’ll have sellers listing without displaying the price. You PM them with an offer, and this goes on for days, and they wait for the most desperate buyer before selling.
It’s not all roses and wine for the sellers, either. Whiney buyers, chargebacks, even less selling protection, and buyers badmouthing you because you forgot to describe a small speck of dust between the pins of the 3dfx TexelFX chip. Or maybe you said something which insulted their brother’s friend’s mother’s cow’s calf.
I won’t even begin to describe the item not working or misunderstanding of the sale scenario on a forum… everyone knows how this goes all too well.
Don’t forget the owners here are adamant on staying out of copyright and bootleg concerns, which is great. How long before phony copies of Doom on floppy disk in printed boxes show up?
What a headache…
Worst case scenario’s happen more often then not to justify the aggravation. I don’t see a benefit overall, even with one more place to buy/sell, which is not eBay.
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