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Admin
02-20-2008, 09:16 PM
The marketplace is opening this weekend, around a week behind schedule but it's finally about ready to go.

Here is a list of categories. Please let me know if I've left out anything really important. I'd like to keep it simple for starters until the categories fill up again. After that, we can consider partitioning into subcategories further.

Commissions: For Hire (Costumes)
Commissions: For Hire (Wigs)
Commissions: For Hire (Props)
Commissions: Wanted
For Sale: Costumes
For Sale: Wigs
For Sale: Props
For Sale: Other Cosplay Items
For Sale: Non-Cosplay

Again, the non-commission categories are for used items only. No new items are allowed. Please suggest any major categories you think would work best in this setup.

All ads have comments turned on, and you can leave feedback for each user with feedback comments.

There will be no limit of # of ads placed, aside from only one ad per member in each of the "for hire" sections.

There is no longer any current or near-future plan to have upgraded commission accounts. This will be revisited in the future when we can put more resources into them. All members can equally use the marketplace, and other members can deal with the feedback section from there. We'll have an announcement for some paid promotional features that will affect commissioners soon.

There will be two sponsored sections/links in the marketplace, one for new costumes and one going to CosWorx for new wigs. These will be clearly marked as sponsored links and only show up on the main page.

We will keep this forum open for replies for the time being, but new posts will be directed to the marketplace to get it rolling.

I anticipate opening this on Friday or Saturday. This thread replaces the old discussion thread, so please continue any suggestions here by re-posting them if they are topical.

KittyCanuck
02-20-2008, 10:18 PM
How "used" does an item have to be? This might be a dumb question, but if I have a wig that's never been used or worn, it still counts as "used" enough for the non-commission categories, because I did not make it, right?

I think the starting categories sound good, and seem to cover all the basics! :bigtu: ^_^

Since it was established in the other thread that buyers would definitely take into consideration the join date and post count of commissioners, it would be detrimental for established users to create new accounts for the purposes of commissioning or selling, will there be any chance at all for people to be able to change their usernames?
Even once, and/or even for a fee?
The last time people were able to change their usernames was back in 2005. Maybe it's time for another name change period? Please?
The new site seems to run on member ID numbers, not member names, which makes changing things a lot easier.
:bigtu:

Admin
02-20-2008, 10:26 PM
Actually I'm going to have a username change period in a couple of days. It will last for around a week and users can change their names on a first-come, first-served basis. After the week is up, we're closing the requests again. I'll post in the site hq when it happens.

Your example on your wig is a good one - you'd be perfectly ok posting it in the marketplace. The "new items" rule is to discourage resellers from using the service, but if you bought something and just haven't worn it it's still "used" in theory. We'll be able to tell the difference between someone just selling an unopened item and someone selling dozens of them.

Ghost613
02-20-2008, 10:28 PM
Sweet! I'm much happier about the idea of a marketplace than I was before, and I can actually say that I can't wait for it to open.
Taipa: I think the definition of "New" doesn't mean "Not used" but rather "Mass produced" or something to that effect. Basically, this is more of a "Artist's alley" rather than a "Dealer's room." (Yay! And people here will actually get that reference!). Well, maybe "Artist's alley" is not right, but you get my drift.
EDIT: Admin has super fast lightning speed. I, on the other hand, am slow. Hooray!

Michi
02-20-2008, 10:35 PM
Basically, this is more of a "Artist's alley" rather than a "Dealer's room." (Yay! And people here will actually get that reference!). Well, maybe "Artist's alley" is not right, but you get my drift.

I think a Swap Meet is what you're thinking of. That is, the usual name for places at cons where attendees can sell their stuff rather than companies/businesses. :)

KittyCanuck
02-20-2008, 10:46 PM
Actually I'm going to have a username change period in a couple of days. It will last for around a week and users can change their names on a first-come, first-served basis. After the week is up, we're closing the requests again. I'll post in the site hq when it happens.
*jaw drops*
I didn't actually expect that; you've totally made my day here! :sunny:
Thank you, sir!

Your example on your wig is a good one - you'd be perfectly ok posting it in the marketplace. The "new items" rule is to discourage resellers from using the service, but if you bought something and just haven't worn it it's still "used" in theory. We'll be able to tell the difference between someone just selling an unopened item and someone selling dozens of them.

That's what I figured, I just wanted to make sure a listing to sell a "new" used wig would be allowed. Thanks! ^_^

RMV
02-20-2008, 10:53 PM
so we can place one add in teh "hey i make props "section, to get out name out. but we can post as many topics as we need to in the "items sale" sections right? or do we have to keep editing one post

Admin
02-20-2008, 10:58 PM
You can post a general ad in the props commissions section stating that you make props. In fact, if you make wigs, props and full costumes, you can post one in each category.

You can post as many used items in the items for sale sections as you want, regardless of your commission post. New items may not be posted for sale.

cutekawaii
02-21-2008, 09:47 AM
You can post as many used items in the items for sale sections as you want, regardless of your commission post. New items may not be posted for sale.I understand that this is to discourage people opening up a resale business, but does this mean we can't sell pre-made (by the seller) cosplay items either?

hoshi-p
02-21-2008, 11:29 AM
Possibly a stupid question, but if someone wanted to sell non-new pieces of a costume that wouldn't be considered as props (for example, only a jacket or only a skirt), would those have to be posted in the "Other cosplay items" section?

KittyCanuck
02-21-2008, 11:42 AM
I understand that this is to discourage people opening up a resale business, but does this mean we can't sell pre-made (by the seller) cosplay items either?

I would assume so. Otherwise, the Marketplace just turns into a free eBay or Etsy shop.

I would be interested in hearing the official answer, though! I could be totally off base here.

Admin
02-21-2008, 03:11 PM
I understand that this is to discourage people opening up a resale business, but does this mean we can't sell pre-made (by the seller) cosplay items either?

Correct - no new/pre-made items are allowed - and this is a decision based on one very important thing. There are dozens of resellers who would start flooding the classifieds with hundreds of advertisements each, which defeats the purpose. I would literally have to bring someone in full-time just to watch the marketplace at that point, and that's useless when the marketplace is designed to be a 100% free place to advertise.

The only way around this is a blanket rule. Unfortunately it catches a few genuine people in the mix who just want to post a couple of pre-made items every month. But my point is that in a situation where anyone can post pre-made items, your items will fall down the list faster than a photo does on our photo page. And that's no good for anyone.

I'll probably eventually come up with a way around this, but the goal is to first get the marketplace running again.

Admin
02-21-2008, 03:17 PM
Possibly a stupid question, but if someone wanted to sell non-new pieces of a costume that wouldn't be considered as props (for example, only a jacket or only a skirt), would those have to be posted in the "Other cosplay items" section?

Thanks. Actually, I'll change the "For Sale: Full Costumes" section to "For Sale: Costumes" and you can put them in there. If the costumes section starts filling up we'll add another category to denote complete and partial costumes.

KittyCanuck
02-21-2008, 03:25 PM
Correct - no new/pre-made items are allowed - and this is a decision based on one very important thing. There are dozens of resellers who would start flooding the classifieds with hundreds of advertisements each, which defeats the purpose. I would literally have to bring someone in full-time just to watch the marketplace at that point, and that's useless when the marketplace is designed to be a 100% free place to advertise.

The only way around this is a blanket rule. Unfortunately it catches a few genuine people in the mix who just want to post a couple of pre-made items every month. But my point is that in a situation where anyone can post pre-made items, your items will fall down the list faster than a photo does on our photo page. And that's no good for anyone.

I'll probably eventually come up with a way around this, but the goal is to first get the marketplace running again.

Thanks for the clarification.
I know I'd much rather have this rule, and not be able to make pre-made items to put in the Marketplace myself, than to see dozens upon dozens of reseller ads!

Admin
02-21-2008, 03:40 PM
One possibility, after the marketplace gets filled up again, is opening a separate commercial section to it where pre-made items can be listed but with limits to the numbers of ads per user. This would absolutely have to be a paid option though. Again, I'll think about everything.

The Hag
02-21-2008, 03:54 PM
Would it be allowable in the commissioner ads to say that you have some things ready-made and refer them to an external website for images?

caineyamiyasha
02-21-2008, 07:48 PM
Great I cant wait to see the new marketplace.
Is there going to be a category that can encompass all the categories of the compleat costume. Or is a commissioner going to have to post in every category. Or can they just post in the over all 1 and have it be displayed in all. I realize what I am trying to say is a little confusing but it is the best way I know how.

Ok here is an example. If you are a commissioner for hire and you can make wigs/costume/props and would like to post in one category... can you? Because if a customer would just like to check if a commissioner can make all the costume I don't think that they would want to be looking in all the category's.... for one person? I know some commissioners specialize in one category but there are others that can do both and more.

I think if there were it would make it a lot simpler for the commissioner and the customer to work in one place rather than the other.

So.... all in all I think there should be an everything category with the others as well to make it simpler. Sub divided can work all the same but could cause a lot more posts buy the same person trying to display their services in all.


-Rikku

Admin
02-22-2008, 04:07 AM
Update: Everything is tested and should be opening up Friday night.

The marketplace transition will take approximately 2 weeks.

During the first few days, you can post in the spam board as usual, and also in the marketplace, so we can test the marketplace and make sure there aren't any bugs or aesthetic issues.

After that, I will be closing the ability to post new threads here in the spam board. You will still be able to reply to old threads.

After two weeks are up (or thereabouts), I will be doing the following:
1) Closing the spam board for all posting
2) Archiving the board to "read-only"
3) Moving the most important non-sale threads to another area so everyone can still post in them. Examples: "Commissioners who rip people off"

Please begin using the feedback system on the marketplace. You can leave positive, neutral and negative feedbacks for any users, along with comments.

Disputed feedback will be looked at on a case-by-case basis.

I will post the marketplace rules at the same time that it opens. All rules have either been discussed here or are pretty self-explanatory.

CezzaXV
02-22-2008, 05:27 AM
Your example on your wig is a good one - you'd be perfectly ok posting it in the marketplace. The "new items" rule is to discourage resellers from using the service, but if you bought something and just haven't worn it it's still "used" in theory. We'll be able to tell the difference between someone just selling an unopened item and someone selling dozens of them.

So I'm guessing it probably means second-hand more than it really means used. :P

vampirate
02-22-2008, 08:38 AM
What about fabric? I know a lot of us often buy too much and end up with a couple extra yards. Would that be Other Cosplay Items?

Admin
02-22-2008, 01:42 PM
That's actually a good suggestion for a separate category. Thanks.

Kanira
02-22-2008, 07:57 PM
3) Moving the most important non-sale threads to another area so everyone can still post in them. Examples: "Commissioners who rip people off"

I'm assuming you've been avoiding the topic of the Review Thread because you know people are not going to want to lose it, but you want them to use the feedback system you've arranged.
Would it be possible, then, for it to keep its sticky in the new forum where you will be moving the other important commission-reference threads, but close it to avoid new entries? People will have to submit through the feedback system, but will still have the thread to reference back to so they can have some semblance of confidence in who they're working with, rather than jumping in with everyone on even ground when there are commissioners who do not deserve such, or deserve far more.
It can be booted after the feedback system comes into its own, of course, but unless all the reviews in the thread are going to be transferred into the feedback system so that potential customers can rely on it entirely, it would be nice if it stayed around for a bit :)
The devolving of certain businesses from well-reputed to dangerous is illustrated with detail, and seems to be proving quite helpful to people.
Thanks much for any consideration!

MidnightMist
02-22-2008, 08:40 PM
Will there be a Commissions: For Hire (Other Cosplay Items) section? For like, Wings, Masks, Costume Specific Jewelry? Or are those things considered Props?

4ng31
02-22-2008, 10:05 PM
I'm assuming you've been avoiding the topic of the Review Thread because you know people are not going to want to lose it, but you want them to use the feedback system you've arranged.
Would it be possible, then, for it to keep its sticky in the new forum where you will be moving the other important commission-reference threads, but close it to avoid new entries? People will have to submit through the feedback system, but will still have the thread to reference back to so they can have some semblance of confidence in who they're working with, rather than jumping in with everyone on even ground when there are commissioners who do not deserve such, or deserve far more.
It can be booted after the feedback system comes into its own, of course, but unless all the reviews in the thread are going to be transferred into the feedback system so that potential customers can rely on it entirely, it would be nice if it stayed around for a bit :)
The devolving of certain businesses from well-reputed to dangerous is illustrated with detail, and seems to be proving quite helpful to people.
Thanks much for any consideration!

I personally think the set-up that is in place now is very satisfying, and much more in-depth than any feedback system could ever be. The thread Kanira is speaking of needs no to be closed, but remain open, and encouraged to be used for in-depth reviews and comments. It has obviously helped out quite a good many users here, not to mention it keeps commissioners on their toes knowing the community is watching them.

To lose that thread would be a catastrophe.

Admin
02-22-2008, 10:33 PM
The old thread is staying, nothing to worry about. The feedback system is for people who are actively using the site to sell things. The review thread covers people who don't post here as well.

4ng31
02-22-2008, 11:08 PM
The old thread is staying, nothing to worry about. The feedback system is for people who are actively using the site to sell things. The review thread covers people who don't post here as well.

Excellent. Thanks.

Kanira
02-22-2008, 11:27 PM
The old thread is staying, nothing to worry about. The feedback system is for people who are actively using the site to sell things. The review thread covers people who don't post here as well.

Yay! That is comforting. Thanks much!

caineyamiyasha
02-23-2008, 12:36 AM
Will there be a Commissions: For Hire (Other Cosplay Items) section? For like, Wings, Masks, Costume Specific Jewelry? Or are those things considered Props?


Oh this is a good idea as well. I didn't think about that~

For commissions like jewelry and wings they would not quite fit into any of those categories. So to have an other category specializing in things like that would be great would be a great idea!



Good thinking!!!

Admin
02-23-2008, 01:27 AM
I think it would be better to change "Props" to "Props/Other" to avoid the problem of having too many sections one user can post a "for hire" ad in. Additionally, some people may consider a mask or wings a prop, so one general category could stave off some confusion.

Most of the action in the previous classifieds came out of the search function anyway, so if you list what you're capable of making you will be fine regardless where the ad is placed.

Admin
02-23-2008, 01:43 AM
Everything will be open for testing shortly. There are bound to be a few typos, but the script is tested, integrated, and works.

Here are the rules for starters:

1) The Cosplay.com Marketplace is available to all registered and active Cosplay.com members.
2) Buyer beware. Cosplay.com is not responsible for any transactions that take place using the marketplace. The service is provided as-is, for our members to use at their own discretion. By using the service, you agree to not hold Cosplay.com liable for any issues that arise from the use of the service.
3) Seller beware. Cosplay.com is not responsible for any transactions that take place using the marketplace. The service is provided as-is, for our members to use at their own discretion. By using the service, you agree to not hold Cosplay.com liable for any issues that arise from the use of the service.
4) Cosplay.com does not warrant the accuracy of any ad or any information posted in the marketplace.
5) By posting an ad, you warrant that the item is in your possession and is available for sale. No pre-sales are allowed.
6) Cosplay.com may, at its sole discretion, remove any ad without the permission of the seller.
7) Anyone receiving repeated complaints will have their accounts reviewed, with possible site-wide account suspension.
8) All items posted for sale must be used/pre-owned items. NO RESELLERS ALLOWED. Breaking this rule is the fastest way to get banned from the site completely.
9) No contact lenses.
10) Please clearly define the terms of your sale in your ad details. For example, if you are only accepting Paypal, then say so.
11) Describe your item as specifically as possible.
12) Keywords used in ad placements must be relevant to the item for sale. Intentional keyword abuse will result in the removal of the advertisement.
13) All non-cosplay items must go in the non-cosplay section.
14) No illegal items. No obscene items. No bootlegs. By using this service you agree to adhere to all applicable laws with regard to the legality, sale, accuracy, payment, and delivery of any item contained in any advertisement you submit.
15) No links to auctions are allowed at this time.
16) Transactions must be completed off-site. Cosplay.com is not responsible for your transaction. Cosplay.com will not review your transaction. Cosplay.com will not arbitrate or broker your transaction.
17) You are allowed to post the following:
One ad in each of the "Commission For Hire" categories.
Multiple ads in all other categories.
18) When an item is sold, please mark it as sold. You can do so by clicking on "SOLD IT" while looking at your advertisement.
19) Images uploaded must be of the actual item you are selling.
20) No selling of your items in comments for other items. You may not take sales from other members by posting in their advertisements.
21) If you post more than one ad in a Commission category, we will remove all but the oldest ad.
22) Cosplay.com reserves the right to modify these rules at any time. It is up to you to periodically check the rules for your own compliance.

Admin
02-23-2008, 02:36 AM
The marketplace is open. Please feel free to post ads into it and let me know if you come across any bugs. The marketplace is the same 3rd party script we used before with a few updates.

The Commission For Hire sections will look a little better this weekend, but the functionality is there.

Here is a test/sample ad placement you can view:
http://www.cosplay.com/marketplace/showproduct.php/product/10/cat/1

You may post up to 6 images per item, up to 600 pixels wide/tall. The javascript changes the image, the supersize link shows the full image.

Comments are shown below the ad.

caineyamiyasha
02-23-2008, 03:14 AM
Well looks good so far. Going to place an ad to add to the number of things placed.

it is the same running system as an other anime/cosplay trading site that I used when the classifieds went down years ago.
(www.animetraders.com)
Seems almost exactly the same except for a few details.

Cant wait to see how things end up.

But over all glad that there is finally a marketplace where people can sell and make things for others in a more professional way. this makes business much more productive, professional, and reliable for the customers.

Mr.Chips
02-23-2008, 03:23 AM
Quick question about the for sale sections. Would it be possible to make it so you can list several items in one post. For instance I myself have about 7 or so pieces of fabric that I would like to sell with different asking prices for each. Do I make a new ad for each piece of fabric or is multiple items in the near future and I should wait to post?

Michi
02-23-2008, 03:27 AM
I dunno if this counts as a bug, but I can't change the number of days the ad is listed for. I can understand that'd be unchangeable so that an ad didn't stay up forever, but couldn't the count stay from the day the ad was put up? I accidentally put up a couple of ads for only 15 days and meant for them to be up for 30.

Admin
02-23-2008, 03:30 AM
Quick question about the for sale sections. Would it be possible to make it so you can list several items in one post. For instance I myself have about 7 or so pieces of fabric that I would like to sell with different asking prices for each. Do I make a new ad for each piece of fabric or is multiple items in the near future and I should wait to post?

With the current setup, you have two options:
*Make a separate item for each and list the asking price
or
*Make one item called "Various fabric for sale" or something along those lines, with a Best Offer price, using the post to answer questions/update your sales as you see fit.

There are advantages to either way, so it's up to you. All I can say is that you are more than welcome to post one ad for each piece of fabric if you'd like to, but you would have to make a new post for each - unfortunately there is no way to multi-post ads from one page.

Admin
02-23-2008, 03:50 AM
An example of feedback:
http://www.cosplay.com/marketplace/member.php?uid=1&ppaction=readfeed

Michi
02-23-2008, 04:02 AM
Also am unable to change if I want to be sent comment notifications or not.

Admin
02-23-2008, 04:17 AM
Michi: Thanks, I'll look into both issues. I think it's a default setting.

Admin
02-23-2008, 04:19 AM
A tip for people who do commissions: If you want an email for every ad posted in the "wanted" section, subscribe to the Commissions Wanted category.
http://www.cosplay.com/marketplace/showcat.php?cat=19

Click on "Subscribe to Category" at the bottom-left of the list. Now each time someone adds a commission wanted ad, you will receive a notification via email.

Other Upcoming Features (once the script is tested):
*Newest ads lists will appear in certain areas of the site, including the front page
*A user's ads will appear in a section on their profile (user may toggle this on/off)

The Hag
02-23-2008, 05:39 AM
Read through the rules but didn't really see the answer to my question. Saw this:


15) No links to auctions are allowed at this time.

But can I put a link to a non-auction store front with ready-made in a Commissioner for Hire ad? This would be things that I make myself, not re-sale as such but not strictly commissioned either.

The marketplace looks great! I'm booked until after Anime Boston, but will definitely place an ad once I'm open for commissions again.

KittyCanuck
02-23-2008, 06:32 AM
Ok, I admit to being a bit confused by the rules already. :/

8) All items posted for sale must be used/pre-owned items. NO RESELLERS ALLOWED. Breaking this rule is the fastest way to get banned from the site completely.

These are the rules discussed previously, but you had also mentioned that no pre-made-for-the-purpose-of-selling items:
Correct - no new/pre-made items are allowed - and this is a decision based on one very important thing. There are dozens of resellers who would start flooding the classifieds with hundreds of advertisements each, which defeats the purpose. I would literally have to bring someone in full-time just to watch the marketplace at that point, and that's useless when the marketplace is designed to be a 100% free place to advertise.

The only way around this is a blanket rule. Unfortunately it catches a few genuine people in the mix who just want to post a couple of pre-made items every month. But my point is that in a situation where anyone can post pre-made items, your items will fall down the list faster than a photo does on our photo page. And that's no good for anyone.

I'll probably eventually come up with a way around this, but the goal is to first get the marketplace running again.

The actual rules don't specifically mention items that you make expressly for selling, so has the original intention changed? It does say things must be used or pre-owned, but it clarifies this by saying "no resellers", so maybe people are interpreting Rule 8 slightly differently than you intended.

Because it looks like there's already a number of non-resale, but not commissioned (pre-made to sell) items up in the Marketplace.
Either this rule may require more policing, or else could have additional clarification about making items for sale?

trixyloupwolf
02-23-2008, 10:17 AM
i like it yet ^o^
yeah!

but euh was it not supose for people to sell pre-made 0_o

i saw some
or shes really have bought those so manyyyy hehe!


nya!
thansk
for the marketplace ^o^

SakuraLee
02-23-2008, 12:13 PM
is the Commisions: Wanted section for anything? (props, wigs or costume?)

Admin
02-23-2008, 03:31 PM
Ok, I admit to being a bit confused by the rules already. :/



These are the rules discussed previously, but you had also mentioned that no pre-made-for-the-purpose-of-selling items:


The actual rules don't specifically mention items that you make expressly for selling, so has the original intention changed? It does say things must be used or pre-owned, but it clarifies this by saying "no resellers", so maybe people are interpreting Rule 8 slightly differently than you intended.

Because it looks like there's already a number of non-resale, but not commissioned (pre-made to sell) items up in the Marketplace.
Either this rule may require more policing, or else could have additional clarification about making items for sale?

Yeah I think clarification is needed too. It's only a few ads breaking the intended rule right now but it'll soon be a hundred.

KittyCanuck
02-23-2008, 05:08 PM
Yeah I think clarification is needed too. It's only a few ads breaking the intended rule right now but it'll soon be a hundred.

Thank you!
I figured if there were some people misunderstanding the rule and posting pre-made items already after only 12 hours of the Marketplace being open, there'd be hundreds as soon as everyone knows that the Marketplace is back in operation. :lost:

Should we report that kind of thing? I wasn't sure, since it wasn't an option in the Report drop-down.

Don't get my wrong, anyone, I have nothing against cosplayers trying to make some honest money by making & selling cosplay items, but remember that the old Classifieds section was shut down due to massive abuse, and I for one would hate to get off on the wrong foot with the new Marketplace. I'm not trying to be a picky rule lawyer. :/
If you hand-make and sell cosplay items/props/etc, Etsy.com is a great site to sell your pre-made ones from. ^_^

Admin
02-24-2008, 04:35 PM
A statistic - in the first 24 hours of the marketplace being open, there were slightly over 1200 unique visitors to that section, and around 4000 ad views. That is very promising, considering we haven't pushed it at all.

Admin
02-24-2008, 05:26 PM
This forum will be closed for new posts after midnight tonight. You will still be able to reply to posts in this forum, however we ask that all new advertisements are posted in the Marketplace instead after tonight.

This forum will be open for replies for a little less than 2 weeks, then the entire Spam forum will be closed, and important threads moved.

KittyCanuck
02-25-2008, 11:12 AM
Minor bug in the Marketplace:

The text for Reporting an item sometimes says "Review" instead of "Product".
It says "Report Product" on the product pages, but if you click on it, one of the dropdown menu items is "Review in Wrong Category", and the button to submit says "Report Review".

Just letting you know. ^_^

Zelos_Wilder
02-26-2008, 01:35 AM
I have a suggestion. For the COSTUMES FOR SALE section, it would be handy for the SIZE of the costume to be listed. It's a bit tedious to click all of them and search for your size that way.

Thanks :)

Admin
02-26-2008, 03:34 AM
Thanks, I've added a "Size" field in the Costumes section.

cuddles116
02-26-2008, 06:58 PM
It might be a glitch or just me, I'm having trouble with the marketplace sending me emails when you click contact seller, i tried doing a few test runs and i never got any emails (i checked to make sure my e-mail was accurate and my spam folder too) is one of my settings wrong on the site?

Admin
02-26-2008, 07:04 PM
I'm going to switch it to be PM's instead of emails - we're having overall problems with AOL and Comcast right now so at least PM's can be checked on-site.

RedMoon
02-26-2008, 10:17 PM
I'm having problems posting in the marketplace in general. Every time it finishes uploading, it takes me straight back to the first page to chose where I want to sell, and my items never show up. Maybe I'm just not doing something right?

Bandersnatch
02-28-2008, 01:01 PM
Looks like there's already Chinese mass-producers chomping at the bit and putting ads in the wrong place. There's a Chinese commissioner ad in the For Sale: Costumes area.

Starlit Rose
02-29-2008, 07:30 PM
Am I allowed to post a "wanted" ad for something that I don't really want to be commissioned? For example, I'm looking for a wig but I'm not looking for someone to commission it for me...like I'm just looking for a used wig that someone wants to get rid of and sell off. Am I allowed to post an ad like that? I wasn't sure, as the "wanted" category seems to be only for commission requests. I know it's a rather specific request and wouldn't be popular enough to get its own category, but I'm not sure what to do for that kind of situation. ^^;

Bandersnatch
02-29-2008, 10:16 PM
Looks like there's already Chinese mass-producers chomping at the bit and putting ads in the wrong place. There's a Chinese commissioner ad in the For Sale: Costumes area.

Aaaand another.

trixyloupwolf
03-01-2008, 12:34 AM
nya!
idee:
mayeb a minimum number of post before abble to post add

don,t know something alike ^^;;

maybe would help ^^

Admin
03-01-2008, 01:21 AM
If anyone uploads an ad in the wrong place, file an ad complaint and we'll have it moved.

Also, so long as the ads are for custom jobs and aren't just links to a store with pre-made costumes, they're fine in the Commission for Hire section.

xxmossgardenxx
03-06-2008, 07:15 AM
What if we are searching for an item not cosplay related? I don't see a place to post "Looking for exex" Because right now I am looking for BJD's but have nowhere to post =/

Kukkii-san
03-10-2008, 06:57 PM
I'm having trouble with the marketplace sending me emails when you click contact seller, i tried doing a few test runs and i never got any emails (i checked to make sure my e-mail was accurate and my spam folder too) is one of my settings wrong on the site?

Yup, I just found out you need to allow members to send you e-mail in your general settings (not in your Marketplace profile) in order to receive the message someone sends you. It's buried pretty deep:

User CP > Settings and Options > Edit Options > check: "Receive Email from Other Members"

I'm glad it's going to be changed to PM alerts soon because I think that's pretty confusing.

Mekou
03-11-2008, 12:04 AM
Is there any way to delete an ad? I've found a use for an item I've listed for up upcoming costume, so I wish to remove it from my listings.

xxmossgardenxx
03-12-2008, 11:30 AM
Okay again what about WTB adds? Where could thoes be filed?

Kukkii-san
03-12-2008, 04:29 PM
@mekou
have you tried marking it as "sold"?

Kakashi101
03-22-2008, 01:25 PM
Wow. Cosplay.com sure has changed a lot since I last logged in (give or take a year ago) And now I'm REALLY confused on how to navigate the spam thread. All I want to do is ask is someone has something that I want to buy. How do I do this now?

KittyCanuck
04-07-2008, 12:06 PM
If anyone uploads an ad in the wrong place, file an ad complaint and we'll have it moved.

Also, so long as the ads are for custom jobs and aren't just links to a store with pre-made costumes, they're fine in the Commission for Hire section.

Is there any way to get any feedback from Mods if we report an ad?

I'm just wondering if I'm still misunderstanding the "don't make items just for selling" and the "don't just link to your off-site auction or store" rules, 'cause I've reported a number of ads that have descriptions that are only links to their off-site store to buy pre-made items, and they're still up after a few weeks.

Of course I don't expect to hear back from Mods after every report (there's no way they could reply to everyone, same as how they don't reply when you report a thread/post).
I'd just like to hear back as to whether I'm mistaken about the rules and those types of ads are allowed so I should stop reporting them, or if the mods are just super busy and haven't had time to remove them yet, or if my reports aren't getting through due to a browser bug or something.

xxmossgardenxx
04-07-2008, 04:41 PM
All I want to do is ask is someone has something that I want to buy. How do I do this now?

Same here. I have asked twice with no answer about if we are looking for something to buy. There is no place for that, and I don't want people yelling at me because I posted in the wrong section.

Again where can we place "want to buy" adds?

highroller
04-12-2008, 12:13 PM
that's a good question.

Michi
04-12-2008, 12:23 PM
For WTB ads, wouldn't "Commissions: Wanted" work? I mean, for costume items, that's fine. There are some there already.

Have people been reporting ads? I haven't received a single report. :confused: I guess we should look into that as mods. :thumbsup:

xxmossgardenxx
04-12-2008, 05:50 PM
I mean other than commissions. Say for instance I am looking for BDJ's or H.Natou clothing.

KittyCanuck
04-12-2008, 05:57 PM
For WTB ads, wouldn't "Commissions: Wanted" work? I mean, for costume items, that's fine. There are some there already.

I think people are looking for a place to request used items, rather than looking to commission items. Like "does anyone have red knee-high boots in size 7 they want to sell" or something like that, and those doesn't really seem like they belong in the Commissions: Wanted section.

Have people been reporting ads? I haven't received a single report. :confused: I guess we should look into that as mods. :thumbsup:

Yup, I've been reporting a bunch (as I said above, mostly ones that are just a link to an external store to buy pre-made items), and given how big this site is I can't imagine I would be the only one doing so.

xxmossgardenxx
04-13-2008, 09:30 AM
Exactly. I am not looking for a comission, but a WTB.

PepeluTivursky
04-13-2008, 10:44 AM
I'd also love to know where to post WTB's. I've got a couple of wigs I'm looking for and while I've looked through the wigs part of the marketplace, I figured someone out there may not consider getting rid of a particular wig unless they see someone wanting it, etc.

xxmossgardenxx
04-14-2008, 06:59 AM
Exactly my point. We need a section for WTB's not commissions.

Michi
04-14-2008, 07:15 AM
Er, yes, I understood the question. ...Which is what I was saying, that WTBs would be fine in the Wanted: Commissions for the time being.

I'll double check with Admin, though. Don't take that as official until he gives the final word. ;)

KittyCanuck
04-14-2008, 08:26 AM
Er, yes, I understood the question. ...Which is what I was saying, that WTBs would be fine in the Wanted: Commissions for the time being.

I'll double check with Admin, though. Don't take that as official until he gives the final word. ;)

My mistake, sorry! ^_^

Yeah, I'll wait for official word. Thanks Michi! :bigtu:

xxmossgardenxx
04-14-2008, 12:09 PM
O_o I took it wrong. Gomen. Thank you

Michi
04-14-2008, 08:11 PM
I checked and it's absolutely fine. WTBs are a-ok in the Commissions: Wanted area. :) Go for it~

PepeluTivursky
04-14-2008, 08:12 PM
I checked and it's absolutely fine. WTBs are a-ok in the Commissions: Wanted area. :) Go for it~

Awesome, thank you so much for that :)

xxmossgardenxx
04-15-2008, 09:50 AM
Nice! Thanks

Mekou
04-16-2008, 10:45 AM
An issue I've come accross:

I can't leave feedback for buyers who do not have any ads for sale in the marketplace. There's no link, and they're not on the member list at all. >_<

Is this at all fixable? ^^ (Or if I'm missing something, please point me in the right direction. o_o)

--

Also, would ball-jointed doll items be allowed (in non-cosplay ads, of course)?

Admin
04-22-2008, 07:35 AM
You can now delete your own ads. If it doesn't work for you, please PM me with details and I'll look into it.

Also, there is now a distinct "Want To Buy" category for anyone looking for an item that isn't a commission.

Admin
04-22-2008, 07:36 PM
Question for everyone - since some people aren't getting the emails properly when contacted, is everyone ok with having the contact link send a PM instead? If you have PM notifications enabled you can still receive an email that you have a message.

I have to do one or the other, and I'm leaning toward the PM method which is what we used to use.

Michi
04-22-2008, 09:36 PM
I much prefer PMs myself, just because it keeps all site related things in one place for me.

Ghost613
04-22-2008, 10:21 PM
Please, PMs would be much better. I'm more than sure a lot of my messages have been eaten by spam filters and the like, and PMs are just easier to deal with.

KittyCanuck
04-23-2008, 03:05 PM
I like PMs better.
As Michi said, it keeps it all in once place for me. Besides, if people want an email, they can easily set their profile to send them an email when they receive a PM. That way, everyone gets notified in the method they like. ^_^

Any news on reporting ads that don't belong?

Michi
04-23-2008, 11:29 PM
Any news on reporting ads that don't belong?

That's something Admin's taking care of on his own, because there haven't been enough to need to bother the rest of the staff with it yet. :thumbsup:

saimon
04-27-2008, 02:13 PM
I have a noobish question...
I want to sell a few things...I have apaypal...I know the rules and such.
But say an item of mine sells...how do I ship it?
I've never actually shipped anything.
So..yea.
v.v;

PepeluTivursky
04-27-2008, 02:25 PM
I have a noobish question...
I want to sell a few things...I have apaypal...I know the rules and such.
But say an item of mine sells...how do I ship it?
I've never actually shipped anything.
So..yea.
v.v;

Depends what the item is. Most folks ship via USPS. If it's a CD/DVD/Book, you can send via media mail as well with USPS.

Koisnake
04-27-2008, 05:03 PM
I have a noobish question...
I want to sell a few things...I have apaypal...I know the rules and such.
But say an item of mine sells...how do I ship it?
I've never actually shipped anything.
So..yea.
v.v;

You can get free shipping boxes at the USPS store online or free boxes at your local USPS post office. Be sure to include the cost of shipping in the price, which can range around $5-20, even more depending on the size, weight and where it is being shipped to. Example, if you were to ship something out of the US, like China, it will cost more shipping.

For example, your selling a CD for $20 and shipping will cost you $5. Then the total price will be $25. You don't want to take away from your profit if you do not include shipping money.

Another thing, try to ship as soon as possible, within a week of receiving the payment. Believe me, no-one wants to wait a month to get an item just because you forgot or was too busy to ship it out. If this is the case, you can print shipping labels online via paypal and tell the USPS to pick it up at your house for free.

Here are some helpful Links.

Free Shipping Boxes:
http://shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductCategoryDisplay?catalogId=10152&storeId=10001&categoryId=13359&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=11820&top_category=11820
http://shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductCategoryDisplay?catalogId=10152&storeId=10001&categoryId=13354&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=11820&top_category=11820
Calculate shipping costs:
http://www.usps.com/tools/calculatepostage/welcome.htm?from=home&page=0061calculatepostage

FilthyWarumono
05-01-2008, 02:02 AM
I'm sorry if somebody has said this already or not, but the 'leave feedback' is a little hard to find. Perhaps it should be on the main page? I think peple would be leaving the comments rather than the feedback, which I'm sure works either way, but I just found out that there WAS a feedback place the other day. ^ ^;;

felicialiew
05-27-2008, 01:52 AM
im looking for Naruto Shippuuden, Hyuga Hinata costumes, accessories & wig. all in full set~
i only can pay for money order by Singpore Dollar...shipping to singapore. hope there will be a singapore seller here.... :)
size must be very BIG!! for in case, that i cant wear!!

take a look at these example pictures:

http://www.qqcosplay.com/NRU/img/nruhinpur01.jpg
http://www.qqcosplay.com/NRU/img/nruhinpur02.jpg
http://www.qqcosplay.com/NRU/img/nruhinshe01.jpg
http://www.qqcosplay.com/NRU/img/nruhinpur04.jpg
http://www.qqcosplay.com/NRU/img/nruhinshe02.jpg
http://www.allanimedvd.com/images/shop/naruto/accessories/hinatapart2cos.jpg
http://www.allanimedvd.com/images/shop/naruto/accessories/naruto_knife.jpg
http://www.allanimedvd.com/images/shop/naruto/accessories/narutohb3.jpg


pls PM me :crylaugh:

PepeluTivursky
05-27-2008, 10:41 AM
im looking for Naruto Shippuuden, Hyuga Hinata costumes, accessories & wig. all in full set~
i only can pay for money order by Singpore Dollar...shipping to singapore. hope there will be a singapore seller here.... :)
size must be very BIG!! for in case, that i cant wear!!

take a look at these example pictures:

http://www.qqcosplay.com/NRU/img/nruhinpur01.jpg
http://www.qqcosplay.com/NRU/img/nruhinpur02.jpg
http://www.qqcosplay.com/NRU/img/nruhinshe01.jpg
http://www.qqcosplay.com/NRU/img/nruhinpur04.jpg
http://www.qqcosplay.com/NRU/img/nruhinshe02.jpg
http://www.allanimedvd.com/images/shop/naruto/accessories/hinatapart2cos.jpg
http://www.allanimedvd.com/images/shop/naruto/accessories/naruto_knife.jpg
http://www.allanimedvd.com/images/shop/naruto/accessories/narutohb3.jpg


pls PM me :crylaugh:

Try posting a request in the Marketplace.

kimiko637
07-31-2008, 02:15 PM
I got an email from someone who had seen my ad here, and it went as far as the person actually buying my costume set, sent me money through paypal, and i mailed out the package and sent emails to this person giving the tracking number. and then today get an email from paypal stating the person did not recieve anything!!!

even though the trackign number showed it was recieved on the 7th of july. and was mailed out on the 3rd.

I feel really cheated actually, the buyer got a really good deal on my costume set. And to top it off i even gave him free shipping too!!!

Lady Saya
08-06-2008, 03:26 PM
I have a question: if a seller/buyer has a certain amount of negative feedback left on their profile will there be any action taken? Thanks.

Koumori
08-06-2008, 07:51 PM
I got an email from someone who had seen my ad here, and it went as far as the person actually buying my costume set, sent me money through paypal, and i mailed out the package and sent emails to this person giving the tracking number. and then today get an email from paypal stating the person did not recieve anything!!!

even though the trackign number showed it was recieved on the 7th of july. and was mailed out on the 3rd.


If you have the tracking information, and it is visible online, contact Paypal and say you can demonstrate that the item was received.

dizzo300
09-20-2008, 02:28 PM
i need to know how to buy a costume:angel:

Michi
09-21-2008, 04:41 PM
i need to know how to buy a costume:angel:

This section has costumes for sale:
http://www.cosplay.com/marketplace/showcat.php/cat/14

Winter Divinity
10-23-2008, 01:37 AM
Everytime I upload an ad or edit it, I get sent about 20 confirmation emails (for each ad). Please look into this.

tenren
10-24-2008, 01:36 AM
Everytime I upload an ad or edit it, I get sent about 20 confirmation emails (for each ad). Please look into this.

I second this

mikazuki
11-03-2008, 12:06 AM
Question on "resellers".

I use to be into costume making so I've bought patterns over the years along with one giant bolt of pink faux leather/vinyl. I've created an ad for the faux vinyl right now but am wary to post any ads for the patterns I've bought and never used. I literally have a large plastic Rubbermaid tote filled with patterns I've bought and never used. Can I post ads individually for the patterns or do I have to make one ad and list all the relevant information in that one ad? Would it be considered as reselling or is it fine? I'm no longer into making costumes as I simply don't have the time or money to do so.

BiZ
12-23-2008, 10:16 AM
I am curious: does anyone else feel there should be a few more restrictions put on the posting ads in the Marketplace?

Hear me out. In the past year, I've seen quite a few mass-sellers from ebay come over just to post in the Marketplace. I have bought from many sellers on ebay and the majority of the ones accessing the Marketplace are the untrustworthy ones with low-quality products. They are only using their accounts to sell on the Marketplace, not enjoy the community. Maybe Cosplay.com could adopt something similar to what Den of Angels (an Asian Ball-Jointed Doll site) did: they require all members to be active for 30-days and have over 50 posts to even access the Marketplace. It's extreme, as BJDs are very expensive and sometimes easy to create scams for, but it has been very effective in deterring mass sellers and scammers. The Marketplace could easily impose a small post count, possibly 25 or above, and a similar “activity count” before the privilege of posting an ad. Buying, on the other hand, needn't be restricted, as buying scams seem few and far between.

There also seems to be an increase in people selling cell phones and electronics completely unrelated to anime or cosplay. I can understand everything I have seen posted, like games and game systems, but cell phones? Sure, it’s a common staple in today’s society, but honestly, who enters the Cosplay.com Marketplace looking for a new Blackberry? These items aren't even priced competitively enough to rival those of the store. Administrators may want to consider putting a ban on posting ads for cell phones and PDAs in the Marketplace, simply for the sheer irrelevance to cosplay.

I would like to hear opinions. Both of these issues have been bothering me for quite some time and I want to know if I am the only one. Please be kind. ;) I would also like to know where I could go or someone I could contact to have my concerns heard.

Koumori
12-29-2008, 11:15 AM
There actually ARE rules designed to prevent resellers and the like from posting, but they aren't enforced/reported frequently. I'd suggest sending any ideas for improvements straight to Admin.