Fairly new to the FS/T forum, and some of the rules seem very ridiculous, in particular "thread spoiling".
(15) The only exception to this is if you see the EXACT item priced higher[quote]
IMO saying the exact item totally stifles the opportunity to either make a price comparison, or show overpricing. Yes, clearly we do not want "well I can get this Visitron 40" TV way cheaper than the Sony listed here", but also you are prevent people from saying "well I can get the next model up for less money".
[quote] than available new elsewhere. In this case a third-party can make a post but ONLY in the following format: LINK TO MERCHANT - PRICE. No comments, just the facts. This must be the final price (after VAT/shipping) for a new product and from a reputable merchant. Price comparison to auction sites, classifieds or other personal sales are not allowed. Members who do not follow these posting rules face a ban from the FS/FT forum.
Again, IMO ridiculous to prevent comparison to auction/classified sites, in particular comparison to completed auctions. This is the CLOSEST way to compare pricing. I totally understand this rule in the deals section, as there you are purchasing from a retailer so not a fair comparison. in FS/T, you are in exactly the same market as the auction sites, and so the market price is best deduced by eBay sales. As for the "new" part, I fail to see the relevance, when almost every deal on FS/T is NOT new.
Finally, why should "low ball" offers be deleted or considered spoiling? Mods are often not in the position to know whether an offer is "low ball" or not, mainly due to the reasons above, so they are making subjective decisions. Also, why should any offer not be valid? I am prepared to make an offer way below asking price, as that is what it is worth to me. If it is way below, then someone else will offer higher!! Besides its not as if the OP has to accept.
Sorry to rant, but just seems to me that these rules completely reduce the effectiveness of the forum section. I am happy to accept I am wrong, if it can be shown there are good reasons for the rules that override the sizable benefits.
And yes, I realise this is not MY forum, and as such I do not expect the rules changing. But a better forum is better for ALL, so I think this discussion is needed.
*EDIT* mods, could you kindly edit this so the quotes show properly, no idea how!!! Thanks :)