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    Default Buying and selling from/to new/low activity UU members

    Today a new for sale post appeared in the Marketplace for what many would see as a very desirable Uke. Besides the OP not following any of the guidelines regarding how to post a FS thread, it struck me that new or low posting members may be disadvantaged in these activities because they are ‘unknown’ on UU.

    We all know that there are guidelines for posting in the Marketplace but I was wondering if anyone had any constructive suggestions for creating a buying and selling environment that is more comfortable for all involved when one or both parties are either new members or those with very few posts.

    My reason for this is that I shortly plan on downsizing my collection by 30%-50%.
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    I don't think it's too difficult, if a new member reads the guidelines. Posting a uke for sale as a first post will usually cause concern for members, and I think the new member/seller can't post pics for a while anyway. If the seller is serious, they should write a full description and price, with pics, once able. I, for one, don't think it's a good idea to lower the bar for brand new members who may only join here to sell a uke. As an established member, you should be just fine selling some of your ukes here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    I don't think it's too difficult, if a new member reads the guidelines. Posting a uke for sale as a first post will usually cause concern for members, and I think the new member/seller can't post pics for a while anyway. If the seller is serious, they should write a full description and price, with pics, once able. I, for one, don't think it's a good idea to lower the bar for brand new members who may only join here to sell a uke. As an established member, you should be just fine selling some of your ukes here.
    I agree with everything you said John. I wonder if new members should have ‘no sales’ period like the no photos period you mentioned?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hollisdwyer View Post
    I agree with everything you said John. I wonder if new members should have ‘no sales’ period like the no photos period you mentioned?
    You may not be able to upload but anybody can link a photo from their website or photo account on the first post by simply using the [img] tag.

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    I can't say that I have sold or bought much in the marketplace. My view though is that the current rules of the UU Marketplace are pretty simple and not that onerous.

    Selling on eBay for example is more complicated. If you want to sell online then current pictures are important.

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    It is almost a catch 22 situation. Yes we want ukes available on our Market Place for us to purchase, but there is the trust factor. There is also the issue of someone just joining to be able to purchase an item. I was almost scammed by such a person when selling a Collings tenor here. We do have rules set out and I think adding in a clause of 5 minimum posts over one week before buying or selling might help. But in the end it is always "Buyer Beware" and "Seller take Care".
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    It is almost a catch 22 situation. Yes we want ukes available on our Market Place for us to purchase, but there is the trust factor. There is also the issue of someone just joining to be able to purchase an item. I was almost scammed by such a person when selling a Collings tenor here. We do have rules set out and I think adding in a clause of 5 minimum posts over one week before buying or selling might help. But in the end it is always "Buyer Beware" and "Seller take Care".
    A scammer would have no trouble posting several messages if he wanted to cheat us. We also place a certain amount of trust in PayPal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hollisdwyer View Post
    My reason for this is that I shortly plan on downsizing my collection by 30%-50%.
    Hey Hollis...……..I would be happy to take that Beau Hannam off your hands!

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    On the flip side, the fact that a seller has plenty of posts and a history with the forum is not a guarantee that they're not failing to disclose problems with or flaws in the item they're selling. So, whether you're contemplating buying from a new member or a long-established member, Caveat Emptor is the most important rule.
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    As a low poster mostly lurker. My small number of purchases on the marketplace have all been great.

    The community seems pretty good here.

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