Inactive Member Notification
This comes up occasionally in the forums about willing buyers who can't get a hold of sellers they PM and they don't realize that the individual they are PMing has not been active on the site for a while.
My idea is to deactivate a seller's ability to sell if they have been inactive for a certain amount of months. This way it will alleviate the amount of books that are for sale from members on this site by only showing potential buyers the items that are on sale by active members. If a seller wants to have his items appear again for sale then he would only have to log in and therefore make himself an active member once more.
Would love to see this refreshed to a quarterly or tertiary at minimum update. Getting tired of sellers not responding to purchase inquiries for items they list for sale. If they can't update or at the very least reply to their potential customers, why even keep their inventory showing as active?
I agree...that would make sense...of course I don't think the market report even takes into consideration selling and the 30 days...so I need to fix that.
I will add this to my list as well.
Mike Panucci commented
Could further expand this to the market report section. For instance "who wants your collection" won't show anyone who hasn't been active for more than 30 days
Robert McDade commented
Wow. I am delightfully surprised at the timely response and implementation of this feature. Way to go!
Actually I think that this is an excellent idea (I suggested a solution and worked with puinno on it). I think the primary goal of CBR.com is to track your collection. Buying and selling should be an afterthought (because once you are tracking your collection you know what you have).
I guess there could be some who come to the site and are looking to score a book that was for sale at $5 but is now $50. I think it does a disservice to everyone to have thousands of books listed for sale that just clutters up the site if they are not actually for sale, or are not for sale at that price.
We recently built in the % ask price where you could set a floor, and % of the value so that your ask price is dynamic. I think this will take it one step further and force users to "verify" that their comics are still for sale. I think as well as forcing users to log in once a month, I think another thing we will do is to alert users when they have set asking prices that are well below the current value of the comic...this way we can catch those as well...
I just ran a quick report and 60% of the comics for sale are from users who have not been active in 30 days. A full third (36%) are for sale from users who haven't been around in HALF A YEAR. So I would say this is a big problem...
Hopefully cleaning up the site would show that it is an active site and we wouldn't run into discouraged members who then leave and badmouth what we have going here.
Let me know if there are any comments/questions/concerns with the suggested approach.
Robert McDade commented
This would be a great feature as I've ran into this roadblock several times already when trying to buy things...
It probably won't ever become an established feature though since traffic drives websites. The way it is now, the site "looks" like it has a lot of sellers and available comics, which tricks people into using the site more often. (Because you need an account to PM other users, etc.) You're feature would mean "truth" which means less comics available to purchase, thus less overall site traffic because people would be using external outlets for purchase, like eBay. It's a sad world.