Originally Posted by angrysparrow
- Because it's rude, and it creates needless friction in the threads.
- Because items are worth what someone is willing to pay for them, not what 'the cheapest possible price anywhere' happens to be. Often, a person is quite happy to pay more if they know the history of an item or can get it quickly.
- Because the seller may be simply recouping funds when they sell something they themselves paid a higher price for. There's nothing wrong with that, especially if the buyer is happy with the price.
The marketplace here isn't about delivering the best deals to buyers. It's about having a place to exchange goods between members at prices that are agreeable to both parties.
If you're concerned about the price of an item, then research it for yourself. And a polite PM to the seller may be appropriate. But the price policing rule definitely serves a purpose, and we're going to keep it.
To each of your points- It is not rude to inform people where they can buy items for a reasonable price, however selling something for more than it is worth I agree, very rude.
An item is worth what people are willing to pay for it. I completely agree with this one, some items are one of a kind, have faster shipping, or some other reason why they would pay extra for an item. But all buyers should be able to weigh their options. As long as the buyer is well aware of their options, it should be THEIR decision if it is worth it. Informing someone they can pick up the same item for half the price but a slower delivery time allows the buyer to choose what is important to them.
The buyer may be recouping funds- again this is fine if the buyer is ok with the price. But would that buyer be ok with the price if they saw they could get it for half the price elsewhere? Probably not.
The marketplace is for exchanging goods at prices agreeable to both parties. Again I agree- as long as both parties agree to a price, again the same issue is present, would you agree to a price if you knew you could get it elsewhere at a better price?
" If you're concerned about the price of an item, then research it for yourself."
- Exactly what this site is NOT about. We are here to help one another, NOTHING on this site is about doing it all yourself, its about reaching out for help within the community, and helping one another.
My rant is over, I most definitely won't be playing price police, I will follow all forum rules. I still disagree with the policy, but thats how the world works!