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Poll Results: What should the range of possible credits be?

 
  • 44% (22)
    No max
  • 44% (22)
    Maximum about 5
  • 10% (5)
    Maximum 1
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post #1 of 79
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This is a discussion thread for the The Swap Meet. All questions/comments/concerns/opinions relating to that thread can and should be posted here, except for actual offers/requests of items.

The primary concern raised so far is with appropriate valuation if items (although other issues may also be discussed). I have no interest in being the sole authority on the value of items, nor does it make much sense for it to be decided by one person, as this is intended to be a community enterprise.

What I would like to emphasize, though, is that the intent behind The Swap Meet is simply to allow people to get rid of stuff they don't want/need anymore but has *some* value and could potentially be useful to someone else--in exchange they can expect to receive something someone else doesn't want in return.

As such, the point of this is not really to obtain precise evaluations of what everything is worth. The point of having a credit system at all is just to prevent something someone from offering a 15 year old 32MB AGP Video Card that noone is likely to ever request and being able to immediately obtain an AMD Phenom 8650.

So. I have included a poll that is fairly self explanatory, and I have posted a public spreadsheet that allows everyone to "weigh in" on their opinions of what stuff should be worth.

Spreadsheet instructions:

Place your name in ROW 2, in the rightmost unused column. Assign any credit values you think are appropriate (0 - 10, let's say) to as many items as you wish. The spreadsheet will automatically update the mean rating for each item.

Once we get a critical mass of input on this spreadsheet, it will be implemented in the main thread (in the even that values for already-traded items change, shippers/receivers credits will be updated accordingly).

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post #2 of 79
Maybe we could base the credits on a pricing scale like <$5 is .5 credt, $5<$15 is 1 credit. Those numbers are just the first ones that came to my head so take them with a grain of salt. Just a suggestion
    
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post #3 of 79
I think that heightening the max credit amount could add to a lot of confusion (i.e. 1-5 credits probably wouldn't work well because I don't really expect a lot of the items on here to be that valuable, but 2 credit max and same division scheme could work)
post #4 of 79
we could have a category system ill try to explain

anything valued or worth less then 5$ is .5 credit (excluding some items like fans for example)

anything valued or worth less then 20$ and more then 5$ could be 1 credit (excluding older items that would used in older rigs like AGP cards and small HDDs and older parts)

anything valued or worth less then 50$ and more then 20$ could be 2 credits (excluding older items that would used in older rigs)

anything valued or worth less the 100$ and more then 50$ could be 3 credits (excluding older items that would used in older rigs)

anything valued over 100$ could be 4 credits (excluding older items that would used in older rigs)

on top of that we could have a Max credit system lets say 5 credits that way one person can have some items up but at the same time not letting said person be able to take alot of items from other people. at the same time once you hit max credits you cannot put any other items up unless you state that said item will not get you any credits, that way you can continue to give items that can help others or are still good that you do not need and not stock pile credits. this would allow people to keep putting stuff up and then hit max credit and keep putting stuff up then when they see an item they want/need they can spend there credits.

just my i think my idea would work of course it would need a little tweaking but i think it could work out quite well
    
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post #5 of 79
I think we should simplify this system and split it up a bit more, but keep credits simplified and more adjusted because I don't really expect that many items over $100 to be placed up for free.
Anything worth less than $5 = .5 credits
Anything valued $6-33 = 1 credit
Anything valued $34-62 = 1.5 credits
Anything valued $63-$90 = 2 credits
Valued above $91+ = 2.5 credits
Older items shouldn't necessarily be penalized that much in worth, i.e. an FX 5200 would be worth something, in fact it'd be a huge upgrade for me for an old rig serving as a TV PC; much better than the current GeForce 2 MX-200 serving it - and I would give it the full amount of credits if I had a choice.
A max credit system would seem unfair at such a low amount, esp. with "The Swap Meet" not being a huge segment of the marketplace at the moment.

What I really think we need to work on is negotiability for shipping. i.e. if it's a single DIMM of memory that fits in an envelope, why waste hassle trying to send $1 or so over paypal that would probably end up being lost anyway due to paypal fees? Also, there should be an alternate method of proof of shipping rather than tracking number; I think a perfect one would be to show the post office receipt.
Edited by xd_1771 - 2/6/11 at 10:31pm
post #6 of 79
Im fairly interested in this...unfortunately im one of those freaks from overseas^^.

If we end up getting more european members I would be glad to help with a seperate european thread.
Anything I'll offer for now will be easy, small things i can ship in an envelope or smaller.
    
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post #7 of 79
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The only issue I see with basing the credits on a dollar value range is the potential for quibbling over whether something is worth, for example, $33 vs $34 and so 1 or 1.5 credits.

And clearly older items need to be devalued. The P4s on the list were probably worth a couple hundred back in the day, but there's no way they should be worth 4 or 5 credits.

So how would you guys value stuff, based on a 5 credit system? That spreadsheet in the OP is there so people can give their opinions, but just to name a few how many credits for:

1. The full AMD system
2. The AMD Phenom 8650
3. The 2.6GHz P4
4. 2x 1GB DDR2 RAM
5. Bioshock
6. FX 5200
7. The set of 6 SDRAM sticks
8. CD-Rom drive
9. 3.5" drive
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post #8 of 79
On the table you should label where the items are if it affects shipping. Divide them up like; US Lower 48, Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, Asia, South America, ect.
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I think a 5 credit system is too much. Someone might be able to get a 5 credit item if it was worth a considerable amount.
    
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post #10 of 79
Yeah, I was hoping for a more simple system i.e. 3 credits. Items of such value would probably be very rare on swap meet if at all, and if we still use half (0.5) credits, then going all the way up to 5 could be very confusing.
That said, going by that 3 credit system...
1. 3 credits
2. 2.5 credits
3. 1.5 credits
4. 2 credits
5. Have no idea what games are worth
6. 1 credit
7. 1 credit
8. 1 credit
9. 0.5 credit
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