I agree that there are a lot of problems with the buy sell trade, but I haven’t been around long enough to make note of to what extent the state of affairs has gotten progressively worse. Not much I can offer there.
I have a few problems with age limits though. My experience has been that age is not the determining factor, rather maturity, BST experience, and some form of moral compass. I think that there seem to be a lot of kids with issues in the BST, because statistically, there are just more kids on here in general. Even if kids are a problem at a slightly higher rate than adults, I doubt it is enough to justify an age limit. Besides, this is a forum where it is too easy to lie about age in a profile or omit that information altogether. So even if there was an age limit, there would be a problem with verifying the age and enforcing the rule.
I agree with PatCondon’s suggestion of a “Terms and Conditions” that must be read, agreed to, in conjunction with a quiz that must be passed prior to unlocking BST privileges. All that would require someone writing it all up, and having the software to support it. But, it is one of the better ideas, if it could be implemented with minimal effort.
So, while I agree that there are problems with immature, naive, gullible, inexperienced, overzealous people in the BST, it happens regardless of age. I have received several items not as described…from adults. My solution has been just slowing down in that area. Besides acquiring really rare, no longer produced, custom items, I have become rather anti-BST lately.
After much thought, rather than put more time and effort into making it more secure, it should just remain as is, or be removed altogether. If people want to get rid of second hand throws, the auction remains a safe option. I have never been a fan of trading yo-yos. I have never done it, and consider it too risky. One day I was curious to what extent there were more problems in the Trader Feedback section with “trades” as opposed to buying or selling. I went through three pages, and it was about 30% more problems when people were trading a yo-yo for a yo-yo. It works for those of you who are not naive, gullible, inexperienced and immature. But, when someone like that “trades” along with an estimated 30% higher chance of a problem, it equals disaster. I think for a business that relies on sales of new yo-yos, no more resources (time) should be spent on the BST. My solution was to just stop using it so much.
In a zone, off the top:
I just can’t believe that,
They post in traders feedback,
About trades in the works,
No feedback…but shipping first,
No stepping in the door,
While naive and immature,
Some traders are delirious,
Or just lacking in experience,
New yo-yos make them curious,
Overzealous, and not serious,
Lusting and stealing throws,
From kids who don’t really know,
Or realize that these toys,
Created drama to avoid,
By being careful in the beginning,
They could have…but they didn’t.