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I just wanted to say !Hello! to all the folks here and give my thoughts and impressions of OfferUp and it's users/traders. I won't go into all the nuances and frustrations of buying and selling via a local online marketplace, but I see OfferUp as having great potential if they would just take steps to develop a proper user/seller rating and reliability system, and a status indicator of each item offered. I think OU should take a cue from the top online resellers and institue a comment and review rating system that determines a seller or buyer's trustworthyness based on compitence and character, and should be percentage based, rather than a 1-5 star system. Blow off offers that you make all the time? BAM- demerits! Say you'll meet someone on a particular day for an offer you've accepted, but never message back with a time or place? BAM- demerits! Buyers and sellers alike should have the ability to base how they handle a transaction knowing the other user's % rating. Got a 18% buyer's reliability rating?, I'm probably gonna take your offer with a grain of salt. A 96% rating?- I'll probably make much more effort to accommodate you. By the same token, I'll probably not going to get my hopes up if you are a seller who has reviews that say "Seller accepted my offer, but I then got an automessage saying the item was sold a half hour before our meeting", or "Seller refused to meet anywhere but in the woods". I know the difficulties of moderating a comment system, but that's not anything that a billion dollar company shouldn't be able to handle, am I right? I'd love to also see a sale status indicator showing how many official offers have been made for an item and for how much. It would also show whether an offer has been accepted and if an interaction is in progress, which would allow a buyer to determine whether s/he wants to make a higher offer, or one for a similar amount but with a sooner purchase. Also, some useful features that others have requested would be a wishlist/alert system to message you when an item you are looking for becomes newly listed, and the no-brainer ability to make posts from a PC. I sure don't understand the business model of "let's limit our userbase to keep our business from expanding beyond our control". Currently, my buying/selling status is that I have accepted an offer for one item I have, but haven't heard back from the person in three days, and I made an offer for an item that was accpted by the seller who told me they could meet me today, but I haven't heard back from them in 3 days either, letting me know the time and place. What a waste of time! But overall and despite it's shortcomings, I'll continue to use OfferUp in the hopes that much-needed advancements are soon to come. I'll also likely post and comment here because I am opinionated and expressive, but also quite friendly :) Happy trading!
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