Hey everybody. Your friendly neighborhood Politoed here with another installment of NEW TCG THREAD. That's right! Another new TCG thread! This time it's about online card trading, something I'd like to get off the ground here. Archaic tried to start one here, but it didn't really get going. So, I'm gonna try to start us off fresh with a different set of rules and some beginning threads of my own.
As opposed to starting a single thread where everyone can post their haves and wants, like Archaic did, I think each individual user who's interested is entitled to their own trading threads. The base format and rules of this system will be derived from PokéGym's Trading Post subforums, although ours won't be quite so advanced and won't have as many strict rules.
Unfortunately, we currently don't have enough activity for a trading subforum (as Archaic said), but we'll try to start off trading in just the normal TCG forums, right here. Additionally, we don't have the software to incorporate the 'Gym's iTrader ref system, so we'll have to settle with manual reference-leaving and ref counts. The 'Gym used that system until a few months ago, and it worked pretty well for them, so it should work fine for us, too. So, I guess it's on to the actual content.
How does online trading work?
Well, it's not as complicated as one might think. "Online trading" may sound intimidating (or it may not), but it really isn't. Each user interested may post a few trading threads listing the cards they HAVE and the cards they WANT. Pokémon items, TFG stuff, and other POKÉMON RELATED items are permissible also, but the focus here should be on TCG trading. So, after a user posts their have/want thread, other users can post on that thread listing cards they want off that user's haves and what they have to offer off that user's wants. Then, the thread's starter replies with a downright rejection, a counteroffer, or an acceptance. It goes on like this until those two either drop the conversation or reach an agreement; either no trade or a trade both users can agree on. After a trade is settled, the two users complete the deal through Private Message, deciding who will send first and exchanging addresses. From there, whoever it has been decided will send first mails the cards to the other user and waits for confirmation of the other user's receiving the cards.
When the other user receives the cards they MUST send a confirmation PM to the other user ASAP after they receive. Then, they send out the cards to the user they received from. When that user receives, they also send a confirmation PM. When all is said and done, both users will leave a REFERENCE (see below) for the other user on the reference thread (coming soon!). Then the trade is complete.
It is allowed for users to participate in more than one trade at the same time, provided they are organized and make sure to send the cards. Those are the basics of online trading. Any questions? Post and I'll answer them ASAP.
How will I deal with rippers
A ripper/scammer/asshole is someone who talks you into sending first or same time, but then never sends out the cards and drops all communication with you. You can typically identify a ripper when you send out the cards, do not receive yours, and hear nothing from the ripper when you contact them. Rippers are BAD. We don't want them here. Basically, if you feel you've been ripped, report it to ME and I'll examine the situation. If I also feel you've been ripped, I will BAN the offender on sight. Yeah. If you're reading this and you plan on ripping, please don't. No one likes rippers. Then again, you're probably laughing at this as you read it because you're an ignorant asshole who doesn't give a damn about me, the other good-faith users, or the whole site. Don't rip. I can't stress it enough.
Although most of the time when you don't receive your cards, you've been ripped, sometimes the postal service screws up and you don't receive your cards because of that. In those instances, there are other tell-tale signs of rippers. But I don't want to mention them here because the rippers will avoid them if I do.
Basically, tell me if the other user doesn't hold up their end of the bargain.
How do references work?
References are actually easier than you'd think. Simply post a reply here that says that you successfully completed a trade with so-and-so. If you felt the experience was bad, say why. If you felt the experience was good, say why as well. That's about it. Other users can check the references for information regarding other people they may possibly trade with, to see if it's a good idea. Typically, users with fewer references send first.
How can I make my own thread?
Simple, again. Just make it like a normal thread, except instead of paragraphs you'll be listing cards you WANT and cards you HAVE. To make it easier to skim through, organize your haves by set. A pretty good example of a trade thread is here, if I may link to the 'Gym. That's the kind of trade thread you should aspire to have. We basically like the same kind of thread they do.
Another thing you should post on your thread is a list of RULES. These are rules regarding trading that others must abide by if they wish to post on your thread. If you make a deal with someone on THEIR thread, you are subject to their rules. Rules may be regarding anything regarding trading, such as where you will and will not send and how many refs other people may have.
Well, that's all for now. I'd appreciate it if you all refrained from making your own threads until tomorrow, when I should have posted a list of specific guidelines. I know you all just can't wait! LOL. I know no one cares about the TCG forums... I dunno why I bother. But prove me wrong! Post with any questions below.