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Selling Template

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Here's a selling template.

Copy it into your post as an easy way of getting all the helpful info in place, neatly.

But first, some posting suggestions;
  • This is the for sale section, but still add [For Sale] into the subject for immediate clarity in recent topics lists, and when these posts get automatically posted to ReefBase's Twitter feed and Facebook page.
  • List the manufacturer, brand, model and name of your item in the tags. It'll help people looking for information and or these items for sale.
  • Add photos of your item(s), not only does this entice a sale by showing off the goodies, but it shows the general condition of the item too.
  • If the item is listed elsewhere, on another forum, gumtree, ebay, or aquarist classifieds, say so, so that people are aware it could vanish from sale at any moment. Keep your post here updated with any progress made to your sales in other places, so people don't get excited about buying something from  you only to be let down when you tell them it's already sold elsewhere.
  • You can edit your original post indefinitely, so do so, rather than posting updates as a new post.
  • You can bump your post back to the top if it lacks interest, or if you've just updated your post. Try to include something to increase attention in your post, a price drop, freebie, etc, rather than just saying "bump" or "TTT" (to the top), as if it didn't get any attention the first time round, sweeten the deal. :)

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Steveanem

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Reply #1

Do potential sellers have to be members for a while like on other forums? Just wondered?

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Reply #2

I would say that's best as I've seen it so many times where someone pops up not just on reef forums plonks a for sale add up next thing you know someone has been ripped off.

May be best Mike to setup a seperate group that allows posting in that section and set a post limit before they can apply to sell before they can sell they can still read and reply just not start a topic.

A feedback forum is also good for members to post about each other for example my thread title  would be

Marty's Feedback

This way people can look and see what dealings they have done and how things have gone a bit like ebay feedback if you like but it all goes towards protecting members from any potential fraud

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What do you think @Mike ?

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Reply #4

I've also seen sales go sour with long standing, trusted members too. (not here, car forums usually)

Locking down to a post count restricts genuine people too, and bad guys will just post crap valueless comments like "that's nice" and "i agree with the above" to get to the post count. A post count isn't really an indicator of trust. I'm on a forum where there's a post count limit before being able to PM, and good and/or bad guys you can see post crap comments as they've seen something for sale in the classifieds section and you can only reply directly by PM, so they post crap so they can then PM the person, whether the buyer is genuine or not, it's not helped.

Everyone has to be vigilant when buying anything from someone you don't know.

If you don't know and trust them, use paypal, meet face to face, etc. That's advisable with selling anything online...

I don't want to punish the masses for the sins of a few. So I'm not really sure what to do, but it's not been a problem so far, so I'm trying to keep everything as free and open as possible until need be. Other forums are locked down in so many ways it's difficult to use, and I get the impression it's just those in charge being control freaks, or over zealous with restrictions for potential risks (what ifs) rather than out of necessity, but maybe I'm wrong and we'll need restrictions like that in future too.  :(
Last Edit: Jan 13, 2016 9:58:23 pm by Mike
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Tbh the reason I was asking was that I was wondering if it was a good idea to pm a link to this site to people who have decent kit for sale on other forums. That way their kit gets more exposure, we get to see what's on offer and they get to see ReefBase and maybe become members?
If you think that's a bad idea that's ok.

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I think that's a great idea of course.  :P :glad:
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Reply #7

How about mike if someone wants to sell they provide you with some personal details

Address
Contact number

That you can hold securely if they have nothing to hide there should be no reason not to and make that the only condition.

or some way for a another member to verify like Ash knows where I live he been round  ect and can vouch for me feedback I believe is important.

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