February 2009 – This Months Classifieds Contributors
This classified forum is run charge free to registered members. To keep it free we encourage the occasional donation if you have done particularly well with a sale. So far this month the following classifieds users get our appreciation from making a donation.
Mr C I WilkinsonPosted 9 years ago
Oh dear, so shaming people into donating is the way forward?
I bet that really kills the kind of people that freeload the classifieds.
FFS, even the ‘trade ad’, that was closed earlier, left the sellers email in the replies, not to forget it was also in his profile anyway, and all the details of what was being sold & the price was there for all to see after it was closed.
BTW, can we have a sticky thread for all those that have lost out this month? currently I’m £100 down due to royal mail.
TTFN.Posted 9 years agoaliasMember
FWIW the guy (Will Cambell) who scammed me for £45 before xmas…and a load more of us too….he knocked £5 off the asking price if I made a donation to the STW classified fund….cheeky eh? Now I know what he was on about….donation to come…I sold my Jones here….. BTW I see this as not so much shaming as informational!Posted 9 years ago2unfit2rideSubscriber
Mark, did you read the thread I posted on the main forum?
I just think you deserve more than the odd quid or two for bankrolling the busiest bike classified forum this side of ebay.Posted 9 years ago
That is all.coffeekingMember
Not wishing to be contrary, but it doesnt take much bankrolling an MTB classifieds forum – I’m fairly confident that donations more than cover it. I see no reason not to list donators, it’s only those who feel they’ve done really well but havent donated and feel they maybe should have that are likely to feel guilty. But likewise I dont see the point, the donations are there for people to say thanks for them getting a bargain and wishing to help out, theres not much point in thanking them for thanking you.Posted 9 years ago
The feedback we got for the page we ran in the mag spoke volumes to us so we decided to run an online version here. The weight of opinion is most certainly for it. Why does their have to be a point to say ‘thanks’?
2Unfit.. We read and talked about the issues revolving around the classifieds on that thread and we all agree that there’s no way we can really charge for classified ads. As soon as there is a charge levied, no matter how small, the traffic will fall off disproportionately. So it’s a case of less traffic with small charges or high levels of traffic with no charge. We have decided to maintain the traffic levels so the use of our classifieds will remain free. However, the costs involved are real and go beyond just hosting. We are a company that employs people who need to be paid. That means everything we do needs to have a positive effect in terms of financial reward – otherwise what’s the point of it? We are providing a free resource that allows trading to take place that over a year amounts to millions of pounds. We get nothing in return for that service other than the occasional donation. The commercial reality is that we need to look at ways of getting a return on this service. We don’t want to restrict anyone’s free us of it and so we feel at the moment voluntary donations are the way forward.Posted 9 years agowwaswasSubscriber
I was one of those who got their name in the mag for post hack donationing. I was left feeling slightly embarassed I hadn’t sent more as I didn’t feel it deserved mentioning me by name in print and certainly wasn’t done in the expectation of recognition.
anyway – I think the list above is a good idea and will hopefully make people think about sending money when they do make a sale – particularly as some fairly high value items (often non-bike) go through the classifieds on here.
I know the old donate button generated about £3.42 during the course of a year so this can’t do any worse…Posted 9 years agoAndySubscriber
Mag list; yes totally unexpected , but nice to be recognised. Thanks.
This list is fine Mark, but this only works if you keep the list updated regularly. I’ve sold a fair few bits recently and contributed based on funds recieved so far. I’d like my buyers to know that I’m playing fair, and so would espect to see my contribution recognised, say within 24hrs, of making it.Posted 9 years ago
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