Post by Luke Skywalker on Aug 13, 2015 21:05:01 GMT -5
Sorry guys. I've been out all day.
The IRA does have a rule of not price gouging and asking members to ask a fair price.
We also have a rule asking members to respect sales threads.
I can see the desire to want to protect our members and that is a great thing. We have members in the general community(not necessarily on the IRA) that are less than honest. The forum wants honest feedback. If you know of a scammer please let the forum members know about it. We have a couple threads devoted to "buyer beware" type situations. To question a members pricing publicly in their sales thread kind of goes outside of those guidelines. Most often its best to just pm the member first and let them know it might be difficult to sell the item at the listed price and you could even give examples and references as to why.
Our members also need to take some responsibly to research what they're purchasing and from whom. If a member asks too much for a saber and they purchase it then some of the blame lies with them.
It's sometimes the case that the seller is not informed of the current price for an item. This could be either low or high. We all know that sabers depreciate and we want to get what we paid for. Sadly, that's not always the case.
If a saber price is too high most often the saber will just not sell.
As a site we try to keep our rules to a minimum. We ask our members to try to act fairly and treat each other like they expect to be treated.
Post by Luke Skywalker on Aug 14, 2015 14:33:18 GMT -5
Our rules state no price gouging and ARKM is correct that we let members post their own prices.
I think the IRA take on gouging is this.
If member A has a high price for his saber it simply won't sell. I don't see that as price gouging.
If member B buys up 20 of SH TFU pommels or Luke ROTJ hilts then once the run is complete sells them on the IRA for a huge mark up, I think that is where the IRA spirit of the rule comes in. If you want to do this and sell them on eBay, more power to you. That's a free market society. I know many online friends that bought the Anovos TK armor low only to sell it when the prices go up. Heck, I even thought about it. Just don't do it here.
From day one, the spirit of the IRA has been family and community. We wanted a site where everyone felt at home and welcome. We wanted a site where we all worked together. In the years since I helped create this site I've seen: members join together and donate parts for charity saber builds, I've seen members swap, trade or GIVE each other parts, and I've seen members send complete strangers money when they were going through a rough patch in life. THAT's what makes this site great. THAT is why we've been so successful and THAT's why we'll continue to grow. THAT is the IRA.
Post by Luke Skywalker on Mar 18, 2016 2:33:36 GMT -5
Another item to add to this thread is flipping sabers or other items.
It's been said more than once in this forum but it needs repeating. We could care less what you do on eBay. You can flip stuff all day for all we care. When you come to the IRA, you're coming to a group of hobbyists that act more like a family than a bunch of strangers that have never met.
Trying to get the best deal from someone only to flip the item with a higher price is certainly not the spirit of the IRA.
Fortunately, and I'm proud to say this, I've seen more acts of charity on this site than the inverse. For the most part we have a great bunch of members that really care about each other and want to help out if/when they can.
For our seasoned members, I think it's important to note that we have a huge influx of new members. We're bound to get some scammers as the site continues to grow. The best thing we can do is to watch out for each other and speak up if you see something that doesn't look quite right.