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Old 04-16-2012, 08:14 PM
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Default Hey Moderators...How about i-trader ratings

I am on a photography forum which has an i-trader rating for each member who has bought sold or traded something.

I am just thinking, since so much gear is sold back and forth between all of us, it might make it a bit easier to know who to do business with and who to stay away from.

I just sold something on this forum and the other party was perfect to do business with and I suspect when they get the package they will feel the same way about me but nobody would know that for future transactions.

Is this possible Moderators? just a thought.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:19 PM
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I don't know about the possibility of doing that with the software the site employs, but I can say that in my opinion it is not necessary. This site has some unbelievably loyal members, In the few instances that I have seen on here in which a sale goes bad or not the way it was planned, the thread is up fast, with numerous supporters of the person wronged and all sorts of offers to help in delivering justice.
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Got it...it was just a thought.
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Proactive vs Reactive, just sayin'
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Proactive vs Reactive, just sayin'
Kinda what I was thinking...
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
Kinda what I was thinking...
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by THT Mod 7 View Post
I don't know about the possibility of doing that with the software the site employs, but I can say that in my opinion it is not necessary. This site has some unbelievably loyal members, In the few instances that I have seen on here in which a sale goes bad or not the way it was planned, the thread is up fast, with numerous supporters of the person wronged and all sorts of offers to help in delivering justice.
While that might be fine for the unbelievably loyal members however, an i-trader type of system would be beneficial for those that do not spend nearly as much time on THT in which case they would miss those sale goes bad threads.
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FWIW - I've been satisifed with the few deals I've made here. The only time I was disapointed was because what I thought I was buying wasn't the item being sold. The error was on my part and easily correctible so I never mentionned it to the seller.

As Mod 4 pointed out, we can be a vocal crowd when a member might be getting taken advantage of. If you buy something in the for-sale posts and no one chimes in with a warning, then seller is probably ok. There are no guarantees of course but we do not tend to tolerate deliberate misbehavior. If you do have a problem post it in Dockside Chat and if it's a mis-understanding it will probably get cleared up. At the very least the rest of us will know who to not do business with in the future.

Good luck!
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All those burnt by the guy in Fall River raise your hand.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:40 AM
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i-trader programs aren't cheap, and take a fair amount of dev work to implement. Even then, what's to keep your buddies from rating you, or to keep you from being scammed. The board isn't a marketplace based site like CL or eBay. The marketplace is a piece of the site as whole, and these guys probably don't want to invest in the money or manpower it takes to implement a system that only a small percentage of the users will care about.

When it comes to deals, be smart, use a phone number, take precautions and do your due diligence. Even then, there's a risk, but adding software won't solve any issues on here IMHO.
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You don't need expensive software, a simple thread entitled the Good and Bad guys where people can list their experiences would suffice; there are many way to accomplish this w/o additional software or expense.
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