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Market/ For Sale & Wanted Board?

It may seem complicated if you've never seen it in practice, I can admit. Its a self policing thing. For example, I post at an unnamed adventure motorcycling forum. Recently, I was looking for a rare vintage pannier for my BMW.

I posted a picture of the exact pannier I wanted in the WTB section (one of two, along with WTS), and stated what I was looking to spend. Theres some back and forth over a dealer stockpile someone saw last in the 90s, and eventually the retired dealer himself replied. At that point it moved to private messages as the discussion no longer needed to be public.

Now I could have set up craigslist and ebay alerts, but I never would have found one. Its the kind of thing best left to the nerds of that specific hobby. I don't have to sift through fanny packs with a BMW patch sewn on to find what I need.

Its pretty organic, and the owners of the forum disclaim away involvement and don't intervene if things go bad. There is a sticky with transaction reviews and a mod keeps a loose tally of trusted sellers at the top. I never check it unless the guy is new to the forum or otherwise mysterious. Most people aren't trading huge amounts of money, and they take the risk inherent. Bad deals happen, but its rare. The effort of joining a board, getting a post history, just to scam $100 off someone? Doesn't really happen.

Dec 31, 2013
ArleneisaTruck in Site Talk

Market/ For Sale & Wanted Board?

Thanks for the explanation- love this board so far!

Dec 21, 2013
ArleneisaTruck in Site Talk

Market/ For Sale & Wanted Board?

I can't find one at first glance... does Chow Hound have a board specifically for buying/ selling/ trading cookware and other kitchen gear? Every other hobby forum that I visit (motorcycles, travel) has one, and with the cost and longevity of some of this stuff (pre 1900s cast iron anyone?), it makes sense to have a market where people take it seriously.

Dec 20, 2013
ArleneisaTruck in Site Talk