The Thank You
I had a bounty on finding a mint blizzard Avalanche in the BST, as well as a YYF Monster. Thanks to those guys who assisted me finding both those items. The blizzard Avalanche is NM but quite nice and completes my blizzard family. But, something cool happened when the Avalanche popped up. I immediately offered on it, and paid the seller. The seller then refunded me, and stated that someone bought the yo-yo for me, as a gift. The gift giver is anonymous. I just wanted to post a thank you to the gift giver, as that was totally unexpected. Maybe I have a secret admirer. Just kidding. But, a sincere thanks. No matter how old we are, it’s always nice to receive a gift.
Well, I’ve now reached 100 feedback, so I have a few things to share. This is for those of you who like reading. As many of you know, I’ve been mostly a buyer in the BST section, and don’t really trade yo-yos. I sold some things on the BST early on, traded some trading cards, and done some gift exchanges too. But, I bought a lot of older, out of production, hard to find things on there. I slowed down on there quite a bit recently. I prefer to buy retail, when things are available that way. I think it funnels money appropriately to the manufacturers, and retailers, and does the most to keep the yo-yo industry booming. The more we buy, the more they have an incentive to make and sell the new ones. I’m all for it.
Feel free to copy and paste this, and answer these questions for yourself. I had fun answering my own BST questions :D:
1. Best deal: $50 for a mint Blood Brother and mint Pop Star
2. Worst deal: $30 for a Delrin with Teflon tape residue on the axle. Evidence the seller knew or “should have known” of a vibe issue with the throw. It should have been disclosed.
3. A person is most likely to get a negative for: A yo-yo not as described. I will cut more slack for too little information that I failed to ask about, rather than an outright lie in the listing.
4. Most annoying thing: Tactics to squeeze a few extra bucks from you. Sellers give you a price, and then at the last minute ask you to pay Paypal fees or shipping costs, like they didn’t expect a fee or to ship when they quoted you the price. Give one total price, including fees and domestic shipping. Not a huge deal but definitely annoying.
5. Worst listings: It’s a tie. First, international sellers (the transaction involves high shipping costs for tracking, and involves a long wait to get items). Also, a listing asking for cash that says “offer” with no prices listed. It looks like a request for an appraisal, not someone who really wants to sell. I avoid either, whenever possible.
6. Pros I’ve made a deal with: Jeff Coons, and Sebby, both perfect gentlemen. Oh, and a nice deal with Yoyodoc that was not BST related, but it was made via the forum.
7. Most desperate attempt to find something: YYF Monster and blizzard Avalanche. I offered a bounty…well, a reward rather, for anyone who found them, if it led to a deal, and they were received by me, as described.
8. Most important aspects of a transaction: Communication, honesty, packing well, and shipping fast.
9. Would you recommend the BST? Yes. But only for buying or selling, not for trading. I think trading is too risky.
10. What would make the system better? A way to weed out the lazy, inexperienced forum users. Likely, a way to verify their true identity, address, and properly educate them on the rules before they can access the BST. PatCondon had a great idea about passing a quiz to unlock that section of the forum.
Once again, you’ll see me looking for some obscure items, or stumbling on a good deal, like it’s some sort of a yo-yo clearance rack. But, the goal is to refrain from shopping there too much. Thanks to all of you who I made a great deal with. And a special thanks and big forum hug for my gift giver. :-*