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This category was developed for the discussion of online auctions and their associated questions, problems and other issues. No auction "pimping" allowed! (Don't try to get free advertising for your auctions here)

 


Expectations of Forum Tone & Behavior

Be nice.



You want more? Okay, I'll explain.

Be nice because it promotes better discussion. When people feel attacked they get defensive. The topic gets derailed onto personal issues, and productive discussion ends. Nobody wins here.

If you were sending a friend or family member to the forums, how would you want them to be treated?

Stick to the topic. Criticize the argument but not the individual. If you have a strong case, there's no need to attack the other person's character to make your point.*

And let me be clear, personal attacks aren't just direct namecalling. These are all attacks to the intelligence and character of the poster and not acceptable:
- "Even you can understand this."
- "Let me put this in simple terms you can understand."
- "Only an idiot would think that."
- "I think I lost IQ points just reading that."
- "I will not dignify that nonsense with a response."

Be respectful and bring value to the conversation. Explain your criticism. Differences of opinion are great! ...if both sides take the time to explain themselves. Don't just have a duck season/rabbit season argument.

Good examples:
- "I hate to burst your bubble, but that hard drive has gotten some pretty terrible reviews: Link"
- "Good price, but mine broke after a week"
- "Found it cheaper here: Link"
- "Rebate kills this deal. Company XYZ is notorious for not honoring their rebates."
- "I'll have to disagree. In my experience..."
- "Really? I was just reading this article that says the exact opposite..."

Want to avoid the drama and running afoul the moderation team? I'll let you in on this simple, time-tested strategy:

Be more polite than you think is necessary.


*Excellent video discussing "What You Said vs. Who You Are". Hint: You want to be having the first conversation. It has examples specific to discussing race, but the basic principle applies to any conversation.



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Thank you Tim!

That is all.

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Nice. I also like the term "pimping".... a nice addition to my vocabulary.

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Thanks, Tim! Now maybe the threads in Deal Discussion will actually pertain to a ... Deal Discussion!

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Finally!

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No pimping? Oh man. What are my girls gonna do now?

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galawdawg said:

<< Thanks, Tim! Now maybe the threads in Deal Discussion will actually pertain to a ... Deal Discussion! >>




haha. fat chance

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DrummerJoe said:

<< haha. fat chance >>


Is that the new gambling site I hear Tim's been thinking about?

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DeelHunter said:

<< DrummerJoe said:

<< haha. fat chance >>


Is that the new gambling site I hear Tim's been thinking about?
>>



I knew I'd get a little spin on those words.

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If anyone is interested, I'm auctioning off 3 ladies of the night from my stable. Bids start at $20 a night each. I will combine s/h if you win more than 1.

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Oops, sorry ... you said no auction pimping .... I broke the rules!

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Thankyou, this is my new home

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This is a very good idea.

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Thank you!

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excellent idea!

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yeaaa 1st page. Thx for the new forum

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I will edit this message to advertise someone ELSE's auction for the low price of $99.99. Free Ginzu knife if you PM me with naked pics of Betty White.

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Thank you

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Great forum

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Someone should make an Online Auctions FAQ with answers to:

1. How to protect yourself on auctions.
2. What are the best ways to sell your items.

amongst other things that newbs like myself ask.

Edit: Also things about international sellers and taxes.

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Jantzus said: Someone should make an Online Auctions FAQ with answers to:

1. How to protect yourself on auctions.
2. What are the best ways to sell your items.

amongst other things that newbs like myself ask.

Edit: Also things about international sellers and taxes.


i did

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colebert said: Jantzus said: Someone should make an Online Auctions FAQ with answers to:

1. How to protect yourself on auctions.
2. What are the best ways to sell your items.

amongst other things that newbs like myself ask.

Edit: Also things about international sellers and taxes.


i did



hahaha

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is this forum for eBay or just any online auction

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It's not eBay specific, but since eBay is the biggest online auction site out there, right now, it's the one that gets talked about the most.

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this category is the best.

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bevo2k1 said: this category is the best.


i don't understand why this category even exists. given the rationale for cutting grocery coupons and FS/T, Auctions doesn't really fit into the overall strategy.

Auctions is all about PERSON TO PERSON commerce, which is precisely the reasoning the admins gave for axing FS/T.

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actually, i DO understand. it was to pacify SUCKISSTAPLES and effectly channel all the eBay stuff out of his nest.

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alipay is coming!

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Beijing , China - February 2, 2005 – Alibaba.com announced today the official launch of its AliPay online escrow system and the www.alipay.com website, which makes AliPay available to all businesses and individuals in China. The payment system provides buyers and sellers with a comprehensive solution that resolves the issue of trust in online transactions while providing an efficient platform for transacting online.

LINK and LINK

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.05 LISTING DAY!!

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yep i took advantage also.

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bevo2k1 said: yep i took advantage also.

me 3

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nothing has sold for me yet. dannn slow site.

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dethroned.

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about 80% sold. this Dell wont sell!!

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from MLN:

In the spirit of "Wear Sunglasses" I leave you with this:
- Don't lie on a customs form stating something is a gift. Otherwise it will become just that.. a gift you're out the money for.
- Don't ship without confirmation of some type. Without it, you will always be found at fault.
- Don't insure for less than the value, or you will lose the difference.
- Don't believe everything you read in email, even if it looks official. It isn't.
- Don't fall for scammers promising you more money than you're asking. Their money is stolen or fake, you wlll lose.
- Don't be bullied by buyers, leave negs where needed, and suck it up when they retaliate. You'll look stronger instead of weak.
- Don't lie to buyers claiming you will ship one way then ship another.
- Don't scam the shippers by misusing their free supplies. It will only cost everyone more in postage anyway.
- Don't believe deadbeat stories, be firm and consistent. Otherwise you will sit on items for months waiting and waiting.
- Don't hide known flaws or absenses (e.g. UPC symbols) in your items. Be honest and take good pictures.
- Don't bend your TOS, give an inch, they will steal a mile.
- Install anti virus and anti spyware programs, keep them up to date.
- Take pictures/scan every payment and envelope you receive, you may need it later.
- No one in the eastern-block countries really wants your merchandise---just all of your money and identity.

And above all:
- Don't accept PayPal, lest you want to lose it all.

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wow. how many batteries did you buy originally?

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just wait until you see what i put out of my hat next week.



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