Originally Posted by oldgringo
Why do people join a board that has functioned well for years, and try to change it?
Well Oldgringo this is the feedback and suggestions portion of the forum, I was just giving my feedback and my suggestion. I am not implying the site doesnt function at a top notch level, I am simply proposing a change based off of what I feel would be best for everyone.
Others have implied that this has to be rude or hurtful when that is just not the case. If someone were to post " Hey your ripping people off I saw that new for $20 less" then yes that would be rude. But posting " Just wanted to let everyone know I saw this item on amazon for a bit cheaper" it isn't rude in any capacity. If the seller feels "hurt" by this, they should realize they are potentially ripping off buyers.
If you have a one of a kind limited edition hammock, there likely won't be anyone posting you can get that hammock elsewhere cheaper now are they? If the buyer knows about the advantages ( say this is limited edition, or faster shipping, or just wants to support the hammock community) then of course if they are willing to pay more for it that is their choice. But if you don't know of your options, there isnt much of a choice to make.
The other issue is that items go so quickly on the for sale threads that impulse buys are very prevelant. People are assuming that people wouldnt post something for sale at an extremely high price because it is for sale here, in a trusted community. Thats unfortunately not the case and some people end up losing out in this situation.
There seems to be a general agreement that it is the buyers responsibility to do the research and find the best deal themselves, an idea I don't really understand. A buyer may not be aware of a sale on a specific site, or that its last years model. Everyone seems to be concerned that the seller wouldn't be happy, but what about the buyers who wouldn't be happy spending money they didnt have to?
The friction argument is where I am just out of my element, I'm not sure how to handle that part because you are all correct, it could create unwanted friciton. Threads could degenerate into pricing competitions, people might get their feelings hurt.
Again I just want to let everyone know this is just my two cents and I'm sure its worth much less than that to everyone here. The part about this forum I enjoy the most is that we can have these kinds of discussions without trying to hurt one another. I think we have heard both sides pretty thoroughly and as it stands it makes sense to keep the rule how it is. Just trying to find ways to improve everyone's experience here.
Now if you don't mind i'm going to go post my WBBB up for sale for 5k and see if I get any bites
( sorry for being facetious!)