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.