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#1
The problem being that amazon marketplace is in essence very similar to ebay, so then you'd have to allow ebay listings too, to keep people happy. It would be far too difficult to police it as how would you know if somebody was promoting their own account?
banned#2
yes totally agree on the warning bit if placing a deal for amazon
#3
masterbrown;2972842
The problem being that amazon marketplace is in essence very similar to ebay, so then you'd have to allow ebay listings too, to keep people happy. It would be far too difficult to police it as how would you know if somebody was promoting their own account?


I agree. All you'd get then would be Amazon Marketplace traders getting their mates to list items on HUKD for them.
#4
I recently purchased something on marketplace and it didnt work out to well!!

IMO keep PlayTrade, eBay, Amazon Marketplace off the site.
#5
Allowing Amazon Marketplace deals would open the floodgates for scams and cons.
#6
Aside from self-promotion (which is a big enough reason to not allow AM deals) there is also the issues of stock control - if a Amazon marketplace deal was to become hot a make it to the frontpage, it is likely a number of orders for that specific item would be made and it is unlikely the trader will have the stock to cover the orders, resulting in cancelled orders and potential problems for both buyer and seller...
#7
I'm not convinced that my suggestions for preventing self-promotion and cross-promotion have been adequately demolished by the responses. :p After all, if you put a high threshold of previous posts for allowing people to submit this sort of deal, the traders and "mates" of the traders would have to work pretty hard to do the promotion. And if you additionally only allow one deal per member per trader per blue moon, it makes it even more watertight. No floodgates here! Then I don't see what would be wrong with allowing eBay stores too.

The stock level one is interesting. There's nothing to indicate on the deal I tried to post that the quantity of the item was very small - and there was more than one as it was still in stock after I bought one. And there are loads of deals already posted on here with very low stock levels - PC World's £x.97 offers spring to mind. Somewhere like PC World has a lot more to gain getting people to visit its outlets on the promise of an offer that doesn't materialise than a small internet-only trader.

Would it at least be possible to put the warning up, then? I see this also applies to Play Trade and of course eBay. It's always a bit upsetting to have a thread pulled.
#8
I think the warning is a great idea.

I think allowing marketplace etc is a bad idea. It would be way too hard to police and you'd have people spamming the site in order to be allowed to post another deal for their mate. The rules are simple at the moment, they're not allowed and that stops a whole load of spamming.
#9
OK - I'll agree to disagree on that one. But I think it's worth mentioning that it's subtly changed my perception of the site. Before, I considered it the one-stop shop for bargains; now I know I have to check more rigorously elsewhere before purchasing, however hot the deal is voted.
#10
pibpob
OK - I'll agree to disagree on that one. But I think it's worth mentioning that it's subtly changed my perception of the site. Before, I considered it the one-stop shop for bargains; now I know I have to check more rigorously elsewhere before purchasing, however hot the deal is voted.


You can get most of the things on here cheaper of ebay, but there's the added risk to factor in. Personally I'd rather stick to a known retailer rather than delboy!
#11
Benjimoron
You can get most of the things on here cheaper of ebay, but there's the added risk to factor in. Personally I'd rather stick to a known retailer rather than delboy!


Excactly, I can set up an amazon account right now, sell a few cheap pieces for a few weeks, get my feedback up, after 2 weeks I can transfer my money regularly so could start listing many expensive items cheaply and do a runner with all the cash. People can and have done that on both amazon and ebay. Say if play.com stopped sending orders out, you'd want them removed to warn others, so surely its best to remove the risk factor since theres the obvious high possibility of it happening on marketplace and ebay.
#12
Well, let's look at the book market on Amazon. A trader might have a book at 1p on Amazon Marketplace. It'd be a hot deal, but the chances are that they wouldn't have more than a couple to sell, so if it was posted on HUKD it'd be expired again within seconds...

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