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Post Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 3:42 pm 
 

I'm curious as to what other people here think. Titan games is a decent site, but I'm not sure it is ethical to be using the Acaeum classifieds to promo a retailing website. Opinions?


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Post Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 3:47 pm 
 

I was kind of wondering about that, too. I mean, members' eBay listings or personal offers is one thing, but a frequent, perhaps weekly update of online shop stock?  :? I feel weird looking at it.


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Post Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 3:48 pm 
 

I think if they keep it to a minimal (meaning one topic, in the correct place & a link in their sig), it shouldn't be a problem, afterall, we're all throwing ebay urls about like crazy.

The post was a little too long - I glanced at it, yawned and started reading another topic, which is what I expect most people will do. (A simple link to the site would've done, maybe with a few items listed but not that many!)

Allowing a reasonable amount of advertising means we don't have to watch ourselves when we post urls to commercial sites to show things to other members.

  


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Post Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 3:55 pm 
 

I may be repeating myself; I thought I posted a reply, but it didn't show up.

Anyway, my guess is that it won't be held to a minimum.  I've blocked their emails after receiving so many updates.

  

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Post Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 4:04 pm 
 

I'm starting to see it as flaming. I don't mind a dealer posting 'Hi. I've got some rares up you guys should know about', but this form of advertising is unsolicited junk mail. How would you guys feel about Cougar posting his weekly updates on the site? There is a fine line between letting fellow collectors know you have something interesting up on eBay, and advertising your business every f*cking week.


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Post Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 4:08 pm 
 

I'm on the other side of the fence.  I don't see anything wrong with a weekly posting of new stuff.  I'm on this site because I am a collector.  Why wouldn't I want to be notified of new items I may be interested in?  Besides, if you don't wanna read it, just don't read it.  It is only one post a week.

Actually, I wish every online vendor of vintage D&D stuff would post their weekly updates.  I'd hate to miss out on buying something on my want list, just because I didn't know a store got it in.  8)

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Post Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 4:12 pm 
 

Seems out of place to me as well. I see the Classifieds as a place for Acaeum members to offer items to other members, advertise their auctions, etc.

A business that makes no contribution to the board posting weekly updates for their retail web-store? I dunno.

Titan/Tonya aren't exactly well-liked, given Tonya's shady shipping scheme and daddy's apparent support of it. Personally, I don't see that supporting that little endeavour is appropriate - them getting the free advertising and giving nothing back doesn't sit well.

But, then again - where is the line drawn? Lots of folks here run online stores, myself included.

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Post Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 4:15 pm 
 

well personally, i dont like it cos they are connected to Tonya and stiff you with handling charges, but thats just my prejudiced view of it all.

i dont think its right to make big massive lists each week. maybe they could just post a link to somewhere else?

and in the end, i dont agree with it, due to the fact that the poster doesnt post anywhere else on the forum, which means he is just exploiting the site and not actually contributing in any way to the forum itself.

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Post Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 5:08 pm 
 

I read the classifieds because I know it will likely contain ads for stuff I'm interested in buying. If every dealer posted their weekly lists of Vampyre and GRUPS, CCGs and Role Playing Aids, it would fast become an irrelivant junkmail forum, and the majority of us would stop even looking at it.

We would then resort to plugging our good in the 'Interesting Items on eBay' thread to get noticed. We need to stop this before it starts getting going.

If they don't participate or contribute, let's keep their business advertising off the forum.


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Post Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 5:08 pm 
 

Truthfully I know this is supposed to be an open forum and it is entirely up to Scott obviously, but I think its feckin BS. Isn't it bad enough we have to deal with the weekly EBay listings from Tonya & crew with her starving college student Bull Sh*t, but now we have to put up with Tight A$$ Games weekly listings on the forum?! :evil: I might even be of a different opinion if  A) If the Tonya & Tight A$$ games didnt show up like 200 times already in the Shady Dealers thread,  B) the guy posting actually participated on the forum other than to put up his 3 mile long list of common stuff that they are looking to sell for 5 times what the items are actually worth, C) They didn't charge 3 to 5 times actual shipping costs, or D) If they actually made a monetary contribution to site for the advertising space.  As everyone here knows they DO NOT do any of the above, and so therefore they should NOT have the privelages afforded to the true and active members of this forum.


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Post Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 6:57 pm 
 

bclarkie wrote:Truthfully I know this is supposed to be an open forum and it is entirely up to Scott obviously, but I think its feckin BS. Isn't it bad enough we have to deal with the weekly EBay listings from Tonya & crew with her starving college student Bull Sh*t, but now we have to put up with Tight A$$ Games weekly listings on the forum?! :evil: I might even be of a different opinion if A) If the Tonya & Tight A$$ games didnt show up like 200 times already in the Shady Dealers thread, B) the guy posting actually participated on the forum other than to put up his 3 mile long list of common stuff that they are looking to sell for 5 times what the items are actually worth, C) They didn't charge 3 to 5 times actual shipping costs, or D) If they actually made a monetary contribution to site for the advertising space. As everyone here knows they DO NOT do any of the above, and so therefore they should NOT have the privelages afforded to the true and active members of this forum.



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Post Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 11:32 pm 
 

Wow, I wasn't expecting so many replies!
My main concern is that the Classifieds will turn into a bot heaven full of RPG dealer posts. Thatis certainly not the purpose of this site.


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Post Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 2:48 am 
 

Titangames already has a link on the website, under links/resellers. If I want weekly updates, I'll sign up for that. They aren't colectors/enjoyers of this stuff nor do they do anything for this community so I'd prefer the acaeum forum to be free of spam. *raises hand on the motion that spam shouldn't be on the acaeum forums*  :D

  

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 5:40 am 
 

bclarkie wrote:Truthfully I know this is supposed to be an open forum and it is entirely up to Scott obviously, but I think its feckin BS. Isn't it bad enough we have to deal with the weekly EBay listings from Tonya & crew with her starving college student Bull Sh*t, but now we have to put up with Tight A$$ Games weekly listings on the forum?! :evil: I might even be of a different opinion if A) If the Tonya & Tight A$$ games didnt show up like 200 times already in the Shady Dealers thread, B) the guy posting actually participated on the forum other than to put up his 3 mile long list of common stuff that they are looking to sell for 5 times what the items are actually worth, C) They didn't charge 3 to 5 times actual shipping costs, or D) If they actually made a monetary contribution to site for the advertising space. As everyone here knows they DO NOT do any of the above, and so therefore they should NOT have the privelages afforded to the true and active members of this forum.


well that was WHAT i was trying to say but hey, once again someone said it better than i did :D



  


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Post Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 10:34 am 
 

Has anyone heard from Badmike recently?  I was hoping he would weigh in on this one.

  


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Post Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 10:54 am 
 

Could we consider doing this - if someone wants to see something to other Acaeum members, this item is ONLY posted under the Classifieds heading.   If a dealer or anyone else for that matter wants to advertise their ebay auctions, we create a new formus header "eBay Auctions".

Just thoughts . . . and when the thoughts are free, you get what you pay for.

  

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 11:51 am 
 

Guido-the-Gypsy wrote:Could we consider doing this - if someone wants to see something to other Acaeum members, this item is ONLY posted under the Classifieds heading.  If a dealer or anyone else for that matter wants to advertise their ebay auctions, we create a new formus header "eBay Auctions".

Just thoughts . . . and when the thoughts are free, you get what you pay for.

Or maybe have a section for forum members wanting to give fellow collectors a prompt, and a separate thread for junk mail that we can all ignore?


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Post Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 1:33 pm 
 

I agree with bclarkie also.
After I clicked on the post and started to scroll thru it, my first thought was ' what the hell is that doing here '   :evil:

  

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 1:35 pm 
 

afoolandhis$ wrote:Has anyone heard from Badmike recently? I was hoping he would weigh in on this one.


If I am not mistaken, he is out of town.  Spending a few days casing out Austin's Half-Price Books stores to see if he can find some good deals.

  

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 1:24 am 
 

KingOfPain wrote:
afoolandhis$ wrote:Has anyone heard from Badmike recently? I was hoping he would weigh in on this one.


If I am not mistaken, he is out of town. Spending a few days casing out Austin's Half-Price Books stores to see if he can find some good deals.


I'm back...found a few goodies, nothing spectacular.   I kind of avoided commenting on this thread, it hits pretty close to home because I remember when I first came here posting long lists of stuff for sale.  I guess it wouldn't be bad if it was either only once a month, or if it was actually items that people on this foum are looking for...not common stuff from someone who doesn't contribute in any other way to this forum (again, nothing here says he has to contribute in any way, but it would be nice) and at premium prices. I mean, any and all of us here use Ebay regularly, it's not hard to find this stuff much cheaper and for less postage, but whatever.  I won't even get into the shipping cost issue with Titan because that's not pertinent to the subject.  All in all, I guess it wouldn't matter if the posts weren't so long, weren't so full of common stuff at premium prices, and weren't so frequently posted.  What's wrong with just a link to the Ebay or the retail site? All things sonsidered, everyone here has the power to simply skip the postings by Titan games if they wish....as I have been doing.

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