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The new TF marketplace

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07-24-2010, 03:24 PM
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We are starting to wonder about what a modern marketplace of digital goods and web-based services should look like and how it should function. We'd like to brainstorm along with you.

What would you like to see and what kind of features/functionalities would you want from a marketplace if the marketplace was to grow and function as its own separate entity?

Marketplace can take different shapes: it can keep to same forum format, it can be an off the shelf product, it can be a custom application.

Do not limit yourself to the same forum format when requesting functionalities. If your idea, especially if you imagine it well, requires custom coding, please describe it. If it helps, submit a sketch for better visual. If you can make it a reality, submit a proposal to me by email. If you are aware of an application script that could come in handy, please link to it.

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07-24-2010, 03:49 PM
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I'll probably reply with more thought at some later point, but my ongoing desire is something that you mentioned above: to make the marketplace its own separate entity (in essence, separate "business" from "pleasure" [that's not to mean just larking around]).

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I'd also like to see it seperated, maybe not even listed in the subforums list but as some sort of seperate tab. An application something like sitepoint used to have, but keep it free

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The thing I find most annoying about the marketplace is lack of quailty.

The only suggestion I can offer is somehow prevent the crap being listed, just outright stop people from listing until they're approved to sell things.

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Originally Posted by Dan View Post
The thing I find most annoying about the marketplace is lack of quailty.

The only suggestion I can offer is somehow prevent the crap being listed, just outright stop people from listing until they're approved to sell things.
Thats a great idea

However I think the exclusivity can be enforced after there are a fair few posts and after there is a lot of trade going on. It's so slow currently =|

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Originally Posted by Salathe View Post
I'll probably reply with more thought at some later point, but my ongoing desire is something that you mentioned above: to make the marketplace its own separate entity (in essence, separate "business" from "pleasure" [that's not to mean just larking around]).
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I'd also like to see it seperated, maybe not even listed in the subforums list but as some sort of seperate tab. An application something like sitepoint used to have, but keep it free

The original plan was to separate the community from the marketplace. That way we can expand the community discussions and also build a very nice and more efficient marketplace application.

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The only suggestion I can offer is somehow prevent the crap being listed, just outright stop people from listing until they're approved to sell things.

How do you see such approval system working? How and who will make those calls?

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Originally Posted by Artashes View Post
How do you see such approval system working? How and who will make those calls?
Creating a vB user group for "merchants" or "marketplace sellers" or whatever, and set it up so that people can apply to join. You can put links around the forums saying that if you want to make sales on our marketplace you must apply with so and so details.

The users will apply for the group and a moderator can review whether or not he fits the requirements and take a decision accordingly.

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Interesting thought. Just wondering if that kind of system would stagnate the growth of the marketplace. Certainly will have some level of validation, however, that will not prevent from low quality products being posted for sale.

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I don't think products should be moderated for being low quality. What is "garbage" (low quality) to one, is precious to another. Why would you want to censor your marketplace like that? Yes it would look nice to the public with how everything is "sellable" but.. that's not an impression I'd want to support when it's entirely biased.

I also would like to see it as a separate entity with more verification than just being allowed to sign up.. Although not make it a requirement but a "reward" just as how Flippa does it. I love how it increases your "trust" to help encourage people to feel comfortable buying from you. Much the same how I've [mostly] relied on using the iTrader.

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Originally Posted by Artashes View Post
Interesting thought. Just wondering if that kind of system would stagnate the growth of the marketplace. Certainly will have some level of validation, however, that will not prevent from low quality products being posted for sale.
Yeah thats what I was wondering as well. We don't want to make people find it too much of a bother to post things to sell =\

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