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Allow Discussion Within Auctions
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2004 1:07 am    Post subject: "Ask Seller A Question" posted on auction page Reply with quote

All questions asked by bidders are posted to auction page, so that everyone can see.

Or, if you don't want to lose the ability to ask privately, make it a separate feature.

This way there can be discussion within an auction! COOL!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2004 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wanted to bump this to the top and ask that everyone in the community please vote - yes or no - on this feature.

I'm very curious what everyone thinks of this as a feature.

Would it add value? Would it take away from the auction?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 10:02 am    Post subject: Re: "Ask Seller A Question" posted on auction page Reply with quote

Jennifer wrote:
All questions asked by bidders are posted to auction page, so that everyone can see.

Or, if you don't want to lose the ability to ask privately, make it a separate feature.

This way there can be discussion within an auction! COOL!


why not using the forums for that? The user can create a post in the forum and link to it via the offer-description or comment? (just an idea Rolling Eyes )
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Offer description or comment?
Sorry, I don't see those in an auction I didn't create. (?)
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So you're saying that the auction poster should first create a topic in a forum, then link to it in his item description.

That is one way to do it, but it's not at all streamlined or user friendly for either buyers or sellers.

For my auction board - which is not used for auctions at all - inline discussion could help create a stronger sense of community.

For regular auctions, its not much different than "ask seller a question", except everyone gets to see the answer - saving time for sellers and buyers.

For both, it makes the auction more interesting.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2004 7:17 pm    Post subject: ebay has taken my (?) advise! Reply with quote

Whattaya know? EBay has implemented this very suggestion!

It's awesome - the potential buyers ask the seller a question, then the seller has the option to post the question and answer on the item description page for ALL to see!

The seller can also NOT post the answer, but instead respond privately to the potential buyer. Seller decides whether or not to publicly respond to each buyer.

Here is an example (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=4960&item=4331982498&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW)
The question and answer are at the bottom of the description page. This particular question is one which can create a sense of urgency for the product. GREAT for sellers.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2004 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hehe, E-bay is WAAAY way behind the times on this one, the gaming sites have offered this function for years and years. As I said in the other topic, It's almost necessary in a barter system or in job bidding situation.

I voted yes. ^^

FR, perhaps when an auction is created, it could auto create a thread in a hidden forum, and use that as a feed for the comments section. We would need to allow non-registered members to ask questions, so the input block would need to provide the user to be able to enter a user name for that comment.

This is a top notch feature which encourages user interaction, return users, and helps to clarify things for people who otherwise wouldn't bid at all.

IMO, this should definitely be added. Smile
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