I know I have been bad about putting the ship date, even though I shipped the item. I think maybe we should be better at posting the ship date on PIF's. I also agree if a person doesn't send the PIF, then MOD's should be contacted and if that person has three unresolved complaints, they should be banned from the PIF thread.
Why let them continue to participate, if they are being dishonest, and other good PIF'ers will suffer.
Just my $.02.
And also, after thinking about it, I voted no. I know there will be no more than a few that take advantage of the PIF thread. I am not really in favor of rules that make it harder for everyone, because of the actions of a few. To be honest, I have only had a couple problems on the PIF thread. The AWESOME experiences VASTLY outweigh the bad experiences. I view the PIF thread as a nice place that makes you feel good to participate. Get a tracking number if it makes you feel better. I do 80% of the time, but there are times that I don't. Then again, I really do not know how many complaints get made to the mods, so that would be a good factor to know.
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I think adding shame as part of the way this community relates to one an other is a pretty bad idea. I think we should avoid it like the plague.
Items of trifling value, IMHO, is not reflective of the PIF ethic. Offering up something of little value after you have claimed something that you found value in just doesn't seem in keeping with the idea and intent of PIF.
The idea, IMHO, should be to make such folk who would claim something of value and then offer up a trifle or make a claim with no intent to actually mail the return offer to think twice before they do so.
I've started limiting my participation in PIF as a result of seeing too many folk offering up the equivalent of a box of half used pencils after claiming a decent cookset. I'm not finding things that merit the cost that it takes to mail an IMUSA cup, or the time and effort it takes to make a set of pawn bags.
The idea should be to encourage people to offer things of value or use to their fellow members rather than as a way to get something for next to nothing. Paying an extra $0.90 is a small price to pay for that, and it insures that folks who really don't intend to go past the point of claiming something they want and walking off will choose not to participate.
Paying a .90 tracking fee to ensure shipment is a good thing if it means items get shipped in a timely manner.
I use "Proof of Mailing", when I want to prove I mailed something. However, that added paid service only proves I mailed something to a address, it is NOT proof that the thing mailed was received.
I had a bad experience with a seller, I did not receive the merchandise, I filed a complaint with my Credit Card Carrier, since the seller refused to give me a time or date that he posted my merchandise. He finally produced a "Proof of Delivery" receipt. However, I never received the package, I did not sign or have any knowledge of what happened to my merchandise, the Credit Card Carrier sided with me.
Now I send things insured and if of much value, I request a signature. Now nothing goes missing.
Voted no - should be my choice.
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I'm not too keen on the idea of being told I HAVE to add tracking, but it doesn't bother me enough to stop participating in PIF's.
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- Nonsense. You only say that because no one ever has.
Let me clarify the shame thing... I don't mean a "PIF slacker thread," but the spreadsheet as-is, or perhaps a "PIF recieved" field. That way everyone can see who has been not holding their end of the deal.
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