Re: Ebay and the Forum

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Posted by Stan Willis on July 05, 2001 at 08:33:45:

In Reply to: Ebay and the Forum posted by Joe Lauher on July 05, 2001 at 08:01:39:

I agree completely....But I would like to hear about new handcuffs if of a new design or by a new manufacturer. Would this be acceptable?

: This forum has developed into a very useful place for
: collectors to exchange ideas and to share information.
: I am very pleased how cooperative everyone has been and
: hope to see the forum continue as a successful endeavor
: for years to come.

: The cooperation that exists here at the forum is in
: stark contrast to the competition the exists when it
: comes to Ebay. When a choice item comes up on Ebay
: all of us are likely to see it, many of us would like
: bid on it, some of us do. The last ten seconds of any
: auction can get pretty exciting.

: So how do we get around this complicated problem of
: trying to have a free exchange here at the forum
: while at the same time we are all competing for that
: choice one of a kind item on Ebay?

: I think we have to be very careful not to ruin the
: friendships that have developed in our small community.

: So. Here are my ideas.

: 1. It is acceptable for the seller of an item on Ebay
: or any other venue to post a note on the forum if he or
: she is selling a unusual vintage item likely to be of interest
: to the group.

: 2. It is not acceptable for a seller to post a note
: about modern items, fakes, common older items, any
: fetish material or anything unrelated to the interests
: of the group. In the past when notes about such items
: have been posted I have used my administrative rights
: and have deleted the posting from the forum

: 3. If someone sees an unusual item on ebay it is ok to post
: a note about it along with a question about its identity. Others
: should feel free to answer the question, but if you plan to bid
: yourself you should feel no obligation to share your knowledge
: while the auction is still underway. Any attempt to
: manipulate the price using the forum is unacceptable. We should
: minimize our comments about value until the auction is
: finished. When in doubt don't post at all until the auction ends.

: 4. Once an auction is over, feel free to post any sort of question
: about an item. Some truly one of a kind items appear from time
: to time and we may never seem them again. A little discussion
: is indeed warranted and quite appropriate for the forum.

: 5. If you are the successful buyer of an unusual item we would
: all appreciate any additional information that you can give us once
: you have actually received the item. Perhaps the item has
: a trademark or some unusual feature that wasn't mentioned by the seller.
: If you would like to post some better pictures that would be great.

: 6. If you are an unsuccessful bidder and happen to have additional
: information that would be of use to the new owner of the item
: then it would be polite for you send the information to the new
: owner via email and if appropriate to share the information with
: everyone else using the forum. This way we can all increase our knowledge.

: 7. The most important thing to remember is that this is a simply hobby for
: most all of us and that the more we share, the more enjoyment we
: can all receive.

: Please let me have your thoughts and ideas.

: Thanks
: Joe

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