We like to read the FS section like a TT magazine where, in addition of the information we can get about TT (only) items, we can interract with people and be active members.
We also enjoy the fact that the search engine allows us to find at what price used items went for (when sellers give away the true final price they accepted) so we can have a rough idea of the money needed to be spent to acquire a given used item.
In order to help the FS section to reach its full potential, I believe it is necessary to leave behind as much information as possible about any sale.
That means not editing the original post of a thread other than striking out the sold item(s). That way when weeks later anybody conducts a search for something in ANY search engine (bing, google etc...), (s)he may have a mytt hit; of course this remains true when searching within mytt.
It does not matter if the seller priced his/her item too high, too low or just right. For diverse reasons the price can vary so much; dings, sanding, popularity, rarity are factors. Also the seller can be in a hurry to sell or may try to sell it very high because (s)he does not need the money etc...It does not matter if a manufacturer prices an item higher or lesser months or years later.
The point is with a lots of hits, the potential buyer may build him/herself an idea of true market value of the item and if mytt itself can help him/her without the need to search anywhere else then we'll have done a good job. We want to give that potential buyer the tools and possibilities to find his/her game by him/herself so his/her satisfaction is more intense.
As a side effect of such a policy, any given thread keeps its consistency so it can still be enjoyable to read; that's not the case when a long thread contains posts related to an original post that has been heavily edited overtime.
When a seller has more stuff for sale (s)he can add it in the OP and simply add a new post like "added this and that...."
I understand people may feel shy to start another thread as they can think it will be considered as spam; I remember discussions about consolidating multiple threads into one to avoid seeing the FS part of the main mytt page being flooded with threads from the same seller.
Common sense may lead the seller. When do we have so many stricken out sold items it is OK to let the thread fall in limbo and start another one with the remaining unsold items?
The question is: what would be the number of sold items that are stricken out before being allowed to start a new thread?
I'd say 10.What will you say?
I'd love to see us, the users, define what makes us feel comfortable.
A long time ago I congratulated Thaile for the way he organize his FS threads and many do the same so I want to give credit to them too. Here is an example of what I like to see:
That's my favorite way: he lowers down the price as the item does not sell and we can assume (right or wrong) easily what the final price is. He uses colors for easier reading. It is just enjoyable to read isn't it?
That thread will be useful in the future from within mytt and from the outside world as well. I feel like that seller gives something to mytt in exchange for the service he got free of charge.
Please show us some other threads like this one.
Thanks for your reading,