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New Rules for the Exchange forum - Feedback thread.

Discussion in 'Tech Support, General Q&A, Site Feedback & More' started by Spark, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. riz_aaroni

    riz_aaroni Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2007
    True. Though that is another topic altogether.
     
  2. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    Thanks Spark for the clarification. The dude abides!
     
  3. Spark

    Spark HPIC - Hatas gonna Hate Staff Member Administrator Super Mod Moderator

    Oct 2, 1998
    I don't see where the disconnect is with shipping. Am I not making it clear enough that the shipper is responsible for the item once it's been mailed, until it's been delivered?

    With regards to insurance, I've seen plenty of people on these boards request that the shipper not insure the package, just to save a couple bucks on their end. That's the only time, in my opinion, that the seller is absolved from putting insurance on the package... saying "He didn't ask for it" doesn't cut it, ever.
     
  4. Cougar Allen

    Cougar Allen Buccaneer (ret.)

    Oct 9, 1998
    Yes, I think that's a problem. Some people are going to interpret that clause as an attempt to shift responsibility.

    Why put anything at all about insurance in the rules?

    Insurance is something a seller can buy if he'd rather do that than self-insure. If he chooses to buy insurance he can include it in the price, or he can itemize: $A for the knife + $B for shipping + $C for handling + $D for insurance + $E for wear and tear on my shoes walking to the post office + $F to pay someone to babysit my hamster while I'm gone -- whatever, it still adds up to $Z you'll have to pay me to buy my knife. Whether I itemize or just give the price including everything, I'm still going to have to deliver the knife you pay me for....

    On some other website where they're selling expensive things like rifles it might make sense for the website administrators to recommend insuring all shipments, but in most transactions here, for most of us, self-insuring makes more sense. Anyway it's not something to make a rule about.
     
  5. batosai117

    batosai117 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 5, 2007
    Hey Spark,

    I noticed the new part of not having the business name as a username unless you have a dealer membership. I did have a dealer membership for all of last year and it was upon renewal that I wasn't able to afford the cost. I no longer have my website up, I no longer sell anything (unless I buy for myself), and the only thing that still works is my email address because it would be a PITA to change that to something else after having that email for so long.

    I will happily change my username (I believe it's $10 usd?) when I have the funds available.

    Take care, J.

    Ps. As for the dealers merging with the individual for sale forums - I would prefer it to remain separate to prevent clutter. We all know we can get brand new knives from any dealer, so using the Individual for sale forums for everyone else is what makes it fun - it's always a gamble as to what kind of deal you might get from someone culling the herd on the ole collection :)
     
  6. Spark

    Spark HPIC - Hatas gonna Hate Staff Member Administrator Super Mod Moderator

    Oct 2, 1998
    The reason to spell it out is so that people who mail $700 fixed blades in envelopes don't have a leg to stand on when we say that they should have known better.
     
  7. dttomcat

    dttomcat

    Apr 14, 2007
    8. All ads should be placed in ONE appropriate forum. NO CROSS POSTING OF ADS IN MULTIPLE FORUMS.

    Could we get clarification here please. I assume you mean more than one forum here on Bladeforums. What about advertising the same knife on more than one website? Thanks.
     
  8. JTR357

    JTR357

    Sep 10, 2007
    I get it now.Thanks.
     
  9. DowntownDM

    DowntownDM Banned BANNED

    May 11, 2007
    In my opinion, anyone who buys xyz with the intent to sell/flip it is acting as a dealer - regardless of the scale (whether they went to one show or twelve and whether it's one knife or thirty).

    They're obviously free to buy whatever they like and do whatever they want with it, I simply want to see them appropriately denoted as Dealers and have their wares show up in the appropriate Dealer sections.

    As it stands, with one obvious exception, it's hard to tell the 'average guy' from the 'dealer' and I believe it's an important distinction for both BF and the potential buyers as I'd rather buy from an average Joe...
     
  10. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod

    Apr 6, 2000
    It means don't post in more than one forum on Bladeforums.

    We have nothing to say about where else you post. In fact, why even mention that you have it up for sale elsewhere? That has nothing to do with your BF sale.
     
  11. Planterz

    Planterz Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    I can understand mentioning that an item is posted for sale in multiple locations to let those interested know that being the first to say "I'll take it" on one forum doesn't necessarily you're first in line from all of them. It can save the seller of a confusing hassle (as I learned myself in the past). But by no means should it be required of the seller to mention this; it's his choice.
     
  12. Cougar Allen

    Cougar Allen Buccaneer (ret.)

    Oct 9, 1998
    I'm all in favor of spelling that out! But that has nothing to do with insurance. Insurance wouldn't pay a claim like that anyway.
     
  13. Cougar Allen

    Cougar Allen Buccaneer (ret.)

    Oct 9, 1998
    P.S. This is already causing confusion in the thread I linked to earlier, with posts like this one. Esav Benyamin is trying to straighten people out, but notice that post was an hour and a half after Esav Benyamin's post.
     
  14. roughedges

    roughedges

    Oct 3, 2004

    I think the rules for sellers should be expanded as well, especially for this reason. As it stands now, it seems like a seller who lost a knife as a result of improper packaging and didn't insure by the buyer's request (or had an insurance claim denied) would still be able to argue that he is not liable.


    I don't know. Maybe something about how it is the seller's property and, therefore, the seller's responsibility until it is in the hands of the buyer.

    ETA: Read this post, Cougar. :p

    Further ETA :D : I didn't make my post in that thread based off of what Esav said. I made it based on my reading of the rules here and then came directly back to this thread to make the above post.
     
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2010
  15. Darkfin

    Darkfin

    461
    Jan 20, 2004
    So you are saying that a person who makes the effort and pays the expense to go to a Knife show, buys 2-3 Busses (at full retail cost) with the intent to sell 1 or 2 at a profit to perhaps defray some of the cost of the trip, should be treated (and charged) the same as someone who buys 500 knives per year at 1/2 MSRP from Moteng or BRK?

    Intent is a hard thing to prove. In the end, everyone who sold any knife on BF could be accused of being a dealer by that broad stroke.

    To me the easier way would be to do what many states do to classify a person as a car dealer or not--count the sales. In Alabama, I believe that you are allowed to sell ten used cars per year as an individual. But to sell eleven, you need a business license, tax ID, etc, etc.
     
  16. DowntownDM

    DowntownDM Banned BANNED

    May 11, 2007
    I am, actually.

    If a person buys a thing with the intent to sell it, regardless of why - I think they're behaving as a Dealer (part-time or otherwise, doesn't really matter to me). Whether it's to turn a huge profit or defray the costs of a trip doesn't really matter in my opinion.

    Granted, I agree it's a difficult distinction to make in some cases (especially in one-off or otherwise occasional instances) - but that doesn't make it any less true, and in most cases it's blatantly obvious, especially with any sort of historical look at the person selling xyz.

    And there are several of this sort who regularly do so in the Busse sales forum, and I have no personal beef with any of them, other than the fact that they're skirting the Dealer classification and the fact that it clouds up that area making it harder to determine who the 'regular guys' are.

    Anyway, just an opinion...
     
  17. Darkfin

    Darkfin

    461
    Jan 20, 2004
    Opinions are like...er make that 'opinions vary'.:cool:
     
  18. Joben

    Joben

    May 22, 2009
    I agree with what Darkfin said about someone turning a profit on a few knives shouldn't make them a Dealer...but I think keeping an exact count would be overkill.

    I think in practice it's not going to be hard to tell a Dealer from a normal member.
    A normal member is going to be doing one of two things. Selling a few knives now and then. Selling a bunch of different knives from their collection.
    A dealer is going to be saying things like: "I have a case of ESEE Izulas, who wants one?"

    Speaking as someone who is on a the moderation staff at another forum, I think rules should be kept as streamlined as possible. Oddly enough it often keeps things simpler and clearer for all concerned. And if you make a clear statement of INTENT rather than ultra specific technicalities, it actually cuts down on people trying to worm around the rules.

    [edit]

    And in responce to Doomtown's postiion: I submit that it is really not this forum's business if someone makes either a loss or a profit on any particular knife.
    In fact making profit is not anywhere near the point. A Dealer could be slowly losing the shirt off his back, but if he has a store is and moving hundreds of knives a month, he is still a dealer. By the same token, I think it's silly to attempt to railroad a savy collector who makes a few good deals into ponying up the Dealer fee. How would you even determine that, demand he provide profit and loss records? It would be a nightmare for the staff to enforce...
     
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2010
  19. Hombre Secreto

    Hombre Secreto

    236
    Oct 1, 2010
    Changing the rules is good and all, but what does it actually accomplish?

    I read the verpus77 thread, and some guy is still out $220, and AFAIK, verpus77 is still a gold member selling knives here.

    It seems like a case of "Go away, or we will taunt you some more..."
     
  20. Spark

    Spark HPIC - Hatas gonna Hate Staff Member Administrator Super Mod Moderator

    Oct 2, 1998
    What it accomplishes is addressing some of the problems that we had with the previous rule set. BFC isn't a substitute for the Postal Inspector nor are we a court of law. The intent behind the rules is to lay down what's expected, and what is / isn't acceptable. There will always be exceptions and finer points of contention; we can't account for every situation. But, if we can codify enough of the basics so that people have something to point to when conducting transactions / trades / whatever, then we can smooth out things for the vast majority of members in the long run. THAT is why we have rules, a feedback forum, iTrader & the rest.

    If someone violates the rules, I or the moderators can pull their membership, pure and simple. In the case of verpus77, like I said, we aren't the Postal Inspector or Ebay. We're not small claims court. We can't force him to refund the buyer. What we can do, however, is use things like this to educate people so (hopefully) someone learns from this and doesn't have it happen to them in the future.

    With regards to flipping knives, I really don't give a damn if you are trying to defray costs or pay for your trip or whatever. When I see someone selling 3-4 of the exact same knife just after a show, especially when this is a pattern of behavior so that people can recognize that member as a "reseller", they are a dealer. Period. If these knives are worth so much money that you are regularly reselling them, you shouldn't have any excuse not to poney up for a dealer membership; it's cheaper than eBay in the long run. If you don't like it, the other people looking to buy them won't mind your not selling them one bit.
     

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