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    Lets talk about selling on TerraForums (classifieds system)

    So it's been a while now since I decided to try allow selling here on the forums, forever it was a trade only atmosphere... I'm surprised that not much gets listed when it seemed to me to come up all the time that it was the one thing that needed to change around here. So I'm curious, are you not interested in selling here anymore, is it that you don't like the classifieds system and would prefer just post to the forum directly as a regular thread or what's the deal?

    The Panjo software, I think, is pretty cool and it is constantly being worked on and tweaked... I believe they're eventually going to have auctioning capability in it which was one of my main draws to it. You can have a look at their blog and see how often changes are coming out and the kind of work they're doing: http://panjo-marketplace.blogspot.com/

    Anyway, just curious
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    I think most people do their selling and trading on Facebook (and apparently Instagram now?) since there's a much larger audience that posts will reach.

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    Hmm, maybe. I believe I read listings through panjo can be fed into facebook...
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    Like nimbulan mentioned everybody seems to be selling on social media now. For me Panjo is not that appealing for a couple of reasons. First is that I'd never heard of it before terraforums but it looks like a lot of scammy websites that aggregate ebay listings (like when it markets blue carnivorous plants and rainbow rose seeds next to legitimate terraforums users' ads). Second is that it's another place to sign up with that I will only use for this specific purpose. Third is there's not enough real terraforum user activity there to make it seem worthwhile unless I am really having trouble finding some plant. Those things are not deal-breakers for me but are just my first impressions about Panjo. There are other places on social media where people are already signed up that have no rules against selling, rules against discussion of vendors, or fees so I think it's just natural people tend to choose the path of least resistance. That being said most of those people also wind up on these forums for information often too and I understand Panjo probably makes it easy to enforce the transaction fee.

    I don't know what kind of revenue you currently get from the transaction fees but perhaps you could let people set up their shops here for a small fee (~$10?) in the flytrapshop store next to the Thank You memberships and more people might participate? If it's easy to buy access for other members that would be even better. But I don't know what is really workable and I don't mean to come off as overly critical or opinionated on the subject - just offering my initial thoughts. I also wanted to mention that I don't mind supporting this site since it has been a great resource for me. (And that if all the neat goodies in the official store were stocked more frequently I would support it even more)

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    I tried listing things for a while, but there simply just wasn't any interest and all my listings expired before things sold (a few exceptions, but not a lot). I have a lot that I could list, but I would need to know people actually would buy them (Sarracenia and Drosera especially)
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    I found Panjo here on TF to be fairly successful for me. It certainly had some difficulties and glitches such as when a buyer wanted to purchase a plant when more than one were available, or wanted to purchase several. In these cases the number remaining for sale usually came out wrong or the ad was closed down entirely. But, despite this, I did like the way it handled Paypal and I assume that Panjo makes it possible to search for sales items through some search engines. The largest problem for me might be that my ad didn't seem to have as wide a circulation as I might've wanted. But it has been awhile and I mostly sold all the things I had to sell given some time and patience. Mind you, I did generally sell plants that I knew there was a market for. For anyone posting on the TF classifieds I do recommend that you occasionally 'bounce' your ad to the top of the "What's New" search by posting some sort of update such as "only 2 left!" or something similar. I am not presently in a position to do any sales or I would be happy to post here again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScatterPants View Post
    Like nimbulan mentioned everybody seems to be selling on social media now. For me Panjo is not that appealing for a couple of reasons. First is that I'd never heard of it before terraforums but it looks like a lot of scammy websites that aggregate ebay listings (like when it markets blue carnivorous plants and rainbow rose seeds next to legitimate terraforums users' ads). Second is that it's another place to sign up with that I will only use for this specific purpose. Third is there's not enough real terraforum user activity there to make it seem worthwhile unless I am really having trouble finding some plant. Those things are not deal-breakers for me but are just my first impressions about Panjo. There are other places on social media where people are already signed up that have no rules against selling, rules against discussion of vendors, or fees so I think it's just natural people tend to choose the path of least resistance. That being said most of those people also wind up on these forums for information often too and I understand Panjo probably makes it easy to enforce the transaction fee.

    I don't know what kind of revenue you currently get from the transaction fees but perhaps you could let people set up their shops here for a small fee (~$10?) in the flytrapshop store next to the Thank You memberships and more people might participate? If it's easy to buy access for other members that would be even better. But I don't know what is really workable and I don't mean to come off as overly critical or opinionated on the subject - just offering my initial thoughts. I also wanted to mention that I don't mind supporting this site since it has been a great resource for me. (And that if all the neat goodies in the official store were stocked more frequently I would support it even more)
    @ScatterPants thanks for your in depth reply!
    I believe the ebay listings are put in there by panjo to fill in as advertising just like almost all stores (even big ones like walmart) do, not that they are actually linked to panjo.

    To get more views, you could share your listing to the social media of your choice using the buttons below the post on the forum, one listing shared to all of them. Then just cancel the ad when it sells. Remember that it posting to Panjo is a side effect, the main effect is the listing here on the forums in the classifieds section.

    You mention rules against selling, but if you've not noticed... those are gone for a while now. Hence the classifieds system.
    Vendors is still a toss up... That will likely get removed too, working on other changes first though.
    And the fees... It was never meant to be a money maker, but more of a nudge for people to use the thank you membership and get all the benefits. Registered users give 5% of their sales to the forums, thank you members give 0% to the TerraForums.

    Where are you talking about letting people set up their shops?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hcarlton View Post
    I tried listing things for a while, but there simply just wasn't any interest and all my listings expired before things sold (a few exceptions, but not a lot). I have a lot that I could list, but I would need to know people actually would buy them (Sarracenia and Drosera especially)
    @hcarlton Like I mentioned above, have you considered sharing your sales post via the social share links? Also, I believe there is a link sent to you near expiration where you can extend it, also you can go in to expired listings and relist them with a couple clicks.
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