Recently AVF has been targeted by international buyers , signing up simply to get a great deal on the classifieds .
This has caused some angst and friction among members .
AVF is such a great community that you dont see the out and out profiteering that you do see on most overseas sites , our members tend to pass on the bargains at a very fair asking price often WELL below the asking price overseas ...
This has several effects , the great AVF community grows and benefits , people get to try mods they couldnt otherwise afford , and in the main , the sellers are happy too , knowing they are sharing the love , quite often you will see the same mod passing thru 3 or 4 sets of hands .
HOWEVER it is becoming increasingly obvious the international community is discovering AVF and not believing their luck at the pricing, are growing in numbers everyday , and contributing VERY little to the actual community itself .
Once a mod goes overseas , you can bet your arse it isnt coming back unless someone pays TOP dollar for it !
Now I dont propose we ban overseas sales or limit access or whatever , but what I do ask is that Aussie Vapers Members in posting an ad here , think about the community a little , and consider WHY we are probably the best little vaping community on the planet .... the for sale section gives a great insight into that .... in the main we are about VAPING and FRIENDSHIP , not making BUCKS off some in demand mod . I have seen mods overseas where the asking price can be DOUBLE or more of the retail price paid , simply because the mod is "hot" at the time and in demand .
I dont think we as members can tell another member what to do , but I can ask that we try and keep our little community happy , after all , we are the ones left here after the foreign buyer plunders and runs never to be seen again until the next purchase .
I have a sneaking suspiscion some of these overseas buyers will have their own listing up within minutes of completing a transaction with one of our members on other boards , reselling what they just got from us !
So what would I personally like to see?
Well as a seller , you can sell to whoever you want
but if you want to sell overseas , at least advertise it overseas on one of the rip-off forums and get the dollars for yourself ! not "wholesaling" to a reseller stalking the boards ! ( least preferable option BTW LOL ! )
If you advertise it here on AVF and want to keep the community happy and growing and active... then try and sell it local first , if an overseas buyer is the first to answer , say to them , thanks for your interest , but I am gonna give it 24-48 hours to see if an active local member of this community would like it .
This would certainly help keep the status quo , regarding our great pricing , to great members .
If someone from O/S wants it so bad they are willing to shop 1,000's of miles away for something at half the price they have to pay in their own country , well then they WILL wait a day or two , so the sale would not be threatened, and can still go thru if no local interest .
Just my 2c
( Hopefully then we wont have the anger that seems to be building at "poachers" joining JUST to get access to the classies )