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Having looked at a lot of classifieds, there are many, many occurrences of people listing as WTS, being asked about trades, and then saying sure and listing interests.

Perhaps the site should be more explicit when posting by having an ‘interests’ box for those posting as WTS but with specific trade interest possibilities? @Joe Link
Though people still use the acronyms in their ads, they're redundant now. With the new system the seller has to check boxes indicating whether they want to sell, want to trade, or both, before the system will allow the ad to be posted. This info in then reflected in both the list of ads and at the top of each ad, so there shouldn't be any confusion.

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Though people still use the acronyms in their ads, they're redundant now. With the new system the seller has to check boxes indicating whether they want to sell, want to trade, or both, before the system will allow the ad to be posted. This info in then reflected in both the list of ads and at the top of each ad, so there shouldn't be any confusion.

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I was more envisioning a system that offered the ability to set trade parameters. For example (and yes, this is an example), I want to sell my DW Guardian for cash but I'd entertain a trade of a Gen5 Glock17 + Cash.

It's not really a true "for trade" scenario because of the limited trade options. Ideally, this is databased somehow so that someone who had a Glock could easily toss it into the For Trade Search Engine to see who is looking.

Perhaps I'm overcomplicating things but the initial conversation that spurred the points was people listing as only WTS, then being asked in comments about trades, and then them being open to one or two things.

The above process negates the use of the only WTS listing as trades are semi on the table in reality. But, doing this in comments makes it difficult to search through listings. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 

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I was more envisioning a system that offered the ability to set trade parameters. For example (and yes, this is an example), I want to sell my DW Guardian for cash but I'd entertain a trade of a Gen5 Glock17 + Cash.

It's not really a true "for trade" scenario because of the limited trade options. Ideally, this is databased somehow so that someone who had a Glock could easily toss it into the For Trade Search Engine to see who is looking.

Perhaps I'm overcomplicating things but the initial conversation that spurred the points was people listing as only WTS, then being asked in comments about trades, and then them being open to one or two things.

The above process negates the use of the only WTS listing as trades are semi on the table in reality. But, doing this in comments makes it difficult to search through listings. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Ah, I gotcha! I love the idea, unfortunately that's beyond the capabilities of the current system. I'll add this to the wishlist though :)
 

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The OP post says that paid memberships can delete ads. This is no longer true after the update, correct? That still bugs me that I can't do so. I have always deleted my ads on every forum I have ever sold stuff of any kind. I do wish you would bring this ability back to the site
Correct, I modified the first post. If we can figure out a way of doing it without a negative impact we're going to bring that feature back.
 
Correct, I modified the first post. If we can figure out a way of doing it without a negative impact we're going to bring that feature back.
I've found myself returning to my old, locked ads so as to write up feedback or even just remind myself of the sale. I see no reason for those ads to add to the clutter of the site...but perhaps they could be "archived" and go private (like conversations) so that I continue to have access to them but they are hidden from the rest...?
 

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Correct, I modified the first post. If we can figure out a way of doing it without a negative impact we're going to bring that feature back.
@joelink

The ability to delete my classified ads or other posts was one of the reasons I chose to be a supporting member. Restoring the feature would be necessary to assure my continued support.
 

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I have a member who is buying items from three separate listings I posted. Can I leave him a review for each listing?

Also I had been in negotiations with a another member on a different listing. I ultimately turned down his offer but he handled the negotiations exceptionally well. Can I leave a review for him even though I turned down his offer and sold the item to someone else.

Thanks.

P.S. The NWFA classifieds are the best, they really put armslist to shame.
 

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I have a member who is buying items from three separate listings I posted. Can I leave him a review for each listing?

Also I had been in negotiations with a another member on a different listing. I ultimately turned down his offer but he handled the negotiations exceptionally well. Can I leave a review for him even though I turned down his offer and sold the item to someone else.

Thanks.

P.S. The NWFA classifieds are the best, they really put armslist to shame.
I’d go with absolutely on the first question. You may have to do so over 3 days. It would be helpful to others to link in what each review was for, the review gives the link option.

On the second question, review for good communications but no deal?No. IMO.
 

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I have a member who is buying items from three separate listings I posted. Can I leave him a review for each listing?

Also I had been in negotiations with a another member on a different listing. I ultimately turned down his offer but he handled the negotiations exceptionally well. Can I leave a review for him even though I turned down his offer and sold the item to someone else.

Thanks.

P.S. The NWFA classifieds are the best, they really put armslist to shame.
Why not just mention in a single review the three deals in one with the person?

If no deal was ever finalized, IMO, I wouldn't consider that feedback worthy. Not that it would happen, or that I'd expect it, BUT, if there were no exchange of good/money then you really don't know if the guy was honest or not? Just sayin'.

Edit: There are no solid rules on feedback, other than common sense and to be truthful. So there's that.:D
 

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I have a member who is buying items from three separate listings I posted. Can I leave him a review for each listing?

Also I had been in negotiations with a another member on a different listing. I ultimately turned down his offer but he handled the negotiations exceptionally well. Can I leave a review for him even though I turned down his offer and sold the item to someone else.

Thanks.

P.S. The NWFA classifieds are the best, they really put armslist to shame.
I'd just leave him one, assuming it's one transaction. That's really what you're rating (rather than the items).
 

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Some sellers could benefit by checking the new price for their gun on gun.deals before posting their ads. It appears that some people overpay by hundreds of dollars and then try to sell the used gun for that price when a buyer can find it new for much less, even after taxes. The same for ammo, ammoseek.com is a useful comparator.
Some inexperienced sellers seem to be basing their idea of the new price on MSRP as given by the manufacturer, not realizing these are usually hundreds higher than the full price the gun sells for in gun stores. Then they subtract a couple hundred, and end up asking more for their used gun than we can buy it for new, not even counting the added expense of ffl fees, shipping, or driving long distances.
 

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Some inexperienced sellers seem to be basing their idea of the new price on MSRP as given by the manufacturer, not realizing these are usually hundreds higher than the full price the gun sells for in gun stores. Then they subtract a couple hundred, and end up asking more for their used gun than we can buy it for new, not even counting the added expense of ffl fees, shipping, or driving long distances.
I've seen some of this.. I just figure those items will sit there. If they really want/need to sell they'll start dropping their price some.
 

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Just because someone uses, for example, a Daniel Defense barrel on their AR build that does NOT make it a Daniel Defense nor should it be represented as such. I've seeing a lot of the sort of thing going on lately. I like to "Homebuild" as an option under manufacturer since "Other" does seem to get used n this case.
 

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