Medieval Guy wrote:I have long thought that a trading feature on bricklink might be nice.
There may be a miscommunication as has been discussed on other forums. The English guys behind the site use "trader" and "trade" in a different sense than we do in North America. They may not be talking about swapping thing for thing but using it in the older sense of "doing business" as in "trading floor" or "I read an article about him in the trades."
That said, the idea is interesting but the feature would be problematical to add to BL. How would BL get it's "cut" in a swap?
This isn't an UK/USA language thing, we would understand 'trade' as a 'swap' as well, I think this was just a miscommunication about the site.
I've read a lot of buzz about this on various sites, both for and against. Most of the views seem to fall on either the 'bricklink works fine, why do we need another site' view or 'bricklink needs updating and competition is good' view. It seems that the idea was born out of the 'bricklink is outdated' camp.
Personally I'm interested to see how it turns out. As a small scale buyer on bricklink, I find the current system fine, but it was a little daunting at first, and maybe a bit of competition would shake things up a bit.
What I would find more reassuring is if this new site had some bigger backing or support of an existing AFOL site or known AFOLs. I don't see who is likely to sell on their site, who isn't already on bricklink, and if people sell on bricklink, they are likely to be against any new site.
As for personal support, I'm not sure what I'd get out of it other than a potential new site to buy on, and the pledge gift, and there's nothing really that interests me. I don't have a problem with the gun thing, instructions like those have been around for ages, though maybe, again, some more traditional lego instructions (like the recent Ideas books) might have been more attractive to many AFOLs.
Less talking, more MOCing.