Originally Posted by icanzapyou
I like the idea a lot, but I feel like it makes the whole sale experience a bit limited and may even reduce sale opportunities. Suppose someone wants to post a sale in the UK subforum, but someone in the US really wants one of the seller's frags. So the US buyer says "can you sell me that fragrance, I'll pay shipping, whatever", and they negotiate and the seller decides to change his mind and go through with it even though he had only intended to sell in the UK.
I feel like this kind of thing happens all of the time. But if we had divided sales into subforums, the US buyer would probably have never even seen the sale thread in the first place. That's why I think sales be more limited, just some thoughts though.
On the other hand, I agree that it would be more convenient. Hmmm
To be fair there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The idea behind the sub-forums is that they indicate where the seller is based and not where they are shipping to, you'd just state in your opening post where you're willing to ship.
It'd work like this for a hypothetical US buyer:
- American buyer browses US sub-forum for a particular fragrance
- Doesn't find any US based sellers selling said fragrance so decides to browse the UK sub-forum
- Sees a UK based seller thread selling said fragrance
Can go one of two ways from here:
- Enters thread, sees "will ship overseas" and then PM's as normal
- Enters thread, sees "won't ship overses", leaves thread.
The reason I think this needs to happen is because as a UK BN'er, you trawl through pages of sale threads and the majority are US sellers, some ship overseas, some don't, but it's a real job sifting through the threads when if there were two sub-forums for US and UK (maybe a 3rd for Rest of World or w/e) then you could go directly into the UK forum where you're guarenteed the seller is going to ship where you live (if you're a UK BN'er), it's much, much easier.
Also as suggested above, it'd be a good idea for sellers to state in their opening post whether they ship outside of their home country or not to save time sending PM's. Say you're an American based poster browsing the UK sub-forum and see a fragrance sale thread that catches your eye, OP states he doesn't ship overseas and it saves everybody time, you just leave the thread. If he says he ships overseas or is open to negotiation then just PM him as normal. I honestly don't see a problem with this, other than it'd save many posters time trawling through threads only to see the seller is based overseas and doesn't ship.
The point about a US BN'er not seeing a thread in the UK sub-forum anyway, I hear what you're saying, but you'd always look in the sub-forum that relates to you first, then the other/s as a plan B. If you browse the UK sub-forum as an American as your plan B because nobody in the US sub-forum sells what you're looking for, someone in the UK sub-forum sells it and doesn't ship overseas, you've A) saved time trawling threads because you've gone directly into the UK sub-forum after browsing the US sub-forum with no success and B) even without the sub-forum suggestion being in place, it wouldn't change whether they ship overseas or not. It's not really any different to how Ebay works. If they had Ebay as one big international website it'd be a complete jumble sale.
Even a US/UK prefix next to the thread title would be a good idea if the admin decide against sub-forums, you wouldn't even have to go inside the thread.
But the crux of what I'm suggesting is:
UK/US sub-forums and poster declares whether they ship outside their home country or not in the opening post.
What does everyone think?