[IC] Mulri-Vendor Marketplace

Ali cctalk at ibm51xx.net
Sun May 15 20:01:23 CDT 2016

> without the huge fees of eBay. Each seller would
> set their own shipping rates and countries they will ship to. Payments
> would go to the seller. The startup cost for this is about $1600, which
> I can pay, but in return for setting everything up and arranging the
> hosting, etc,. I would ask a small percentage (maybe 5%) to help defray
> the costs.

Without wanting to sound negative on this I am not sure what is in it for
the buyers? Most sellers tend to oversell their vintage equipment (we have
all seen phrases like "worked 30 years ago selling as is", "like new but
untested", etc. etc.). Vintage packing also requires expertise and hefty
costs something sellers usually don't want to undertake (I've lost count of
how many broken monitors I have received). Yes they could pass the cost on
to the buyer but when you are already asking $300 for a run of the mill IBM
5150 you are going to be hard pressed to find someone who is also willing to
fork over another $100 to ship it.

Those "hassles" you refer to help buyers feel safe in bidding and buying on
eBay and probably are essential in some of the high crazy final auction
prices you see. Unless you plan to offset those protections somehow (e.g.
all items must start at $0.99 auction and bidding increments are locked at
$0.25, etc, etc) I don't see buyers rushing to pay large sums of cold hard
cash to strangers half a world away without guarantees that are backed by
the auction site. 

Even for the sellers I am not seeing the big draw eBay charges a 10% fee and
you want to charge %5. If they are accepting PP for payments well then the
buyers have a six month return period and many of the same protections, I
mean hassles, as eBay. 

If people really just want to sell (and not think they have hit the jack pot
because they have some tattered boxed non-working monochrome monitor) then
the marketplace on the VCF is great. No fees and no headaches for the
sellers and for the buyers reasonable to low prices (yeah no one is paying a
$1000 for a KB on the marketplace) which is why most sellers don't like it.

I would love to see a specialized vintage bazaar where you can find what you
want at a reasonable price from trusted sources but the reality is that will
never happen in e-commerce. For better and worse eBay has spoiled us and
created certain expectation. The only way we could ever have a decent
vintage exchange would be to have a swap meet which is of course its own
logical nightmare (not to mention the massive over head costs).

Just my two worthless cents...


> This is the package I am looking at
> <http://www.ixxocart.com/ixxo-multi-vendor>
> http://www.ixxocart.com/ixxo-multi-vendor.
> Please let me know your thoughts.
> The objective is to have one central place where people all over the
> world can offer others their surplus gear. This is NOT designed to be a
> marketplace for current items.
> Cindy Croxton
> Electronics Plus
> 500 Pershing Ave.
> Kerrville, TX 78028
> 830-370-3239 cell
> sales at elecplus.com
> AOL IM elcpls

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