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Offline jackleather

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« on: 2007.March.20. 14:12:53 »
Hi, sorry if this should be in the wanted forum but i wanted as many people to see it as possible.

I love collecting 80s computers and their fantastic peripherals. The Enterprise has to be one of the most collectable.

There must be plenty of people here that have EP stuff to sell/trade and i know theres at least one (me) person that wants to do the same (well buy it mostly). trouble is i only speak English. :ds_icon_frown:

so what i propose, with the help of a translator/middle men, i a place for people to trade EP stuff across language boundaries. obviously manuals wont be much use but hardware and software must be a candidate.

I am aware that there exists Hungarian auction sites that contain EP stuff that non-Hungarian speaking people would love to get hold of. I have used a middle man on the Japanese yahoo auction site to buy Sharp X68000 stuff with much success. So are there any trusted individuals that would act as Hungarian middle men?

Anyone offering their services would be paid of course - probably as a percentage of the final price.

Could one of the mods post this in the Hungarian forums? And would you be prepared to do some translations? most of it could happen most efficiently via chat/irc.
« Last Edit: 2007.March.22. 20:53:39 by jackleather »

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Re: Middle Men
« Reply #1 on: 2007.March.20. 14:27:01 »
Hi, sorry if this should be in the wanted forum but i wanted as many people to see it as possible.
They will see that there too as all of us are hungry for the new posts ;-)

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So are there any trusted individuals that would act as Hungarian middle men?
I think the members of our forum are trusted. Of course I can not guarantee that as I don't know all of them IRL or personally. You know who likes Enterprise can't be a bad man :-)

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Could one of the mods post this in the Hungarian forums? And would you be prepared to do some translations? most of it could happen most efficiently via chat/irc.
I think we can arrange that for you.

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Re: Middle Men
« Reply #2 on: 2007.March.20. 14:55:47 »
Hm. Maybe I did not read your post carefully.
You wrote sell/trade. Do you mean that making business (earn profit) of trading/selling EP and its extensions?

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Re: Middle Men
« Reply #3 on: 2007.March.20. 15:19:55 »
Hm. Maybe I did not read your post carefully.
You wrote sell/trade. Do you mean that making business (earn profit) of trading/selling EP and its extensions?


Hi MrPrise!

I dont wish to make any profit!

Let me give you an example. Maybe we could set up a sub forum 'For Sale'. This forum could contain translation of auctions from the Hungarian auction sites that pertain to EP stuff. If i wanted that item then the person who posted the item could bid on the item on my behalf (with a maximum price set by me) - if they won they i would pay them the amount + postage + commission. all this could be done using IRC or even using private messages (PM).

Alternatively if you, for example, have a Cassette of software that you would like to sell you could offer it in that sub forum. if i wanted it i could PM you...

the only problem is the language barrier.

does this make sense?

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Re: Middle Men
« Reply #4 on: 2007.March.20. 15:26:35 »
I dont wish to make any profit!
Thanks for clarifying that.
There are a lof of people in Hungary (maybe that is the same in other countries too) who buy collectible retro thingies and then try to sell them at an extremly high price. That is absolutely unacceptable for me and I think the others agree in that. Beside, that makes very hard for us to find any missing thing for our collection at a reasonable price. I don't support this kind of trading and I can not indulge it here. I try do anything to fight against that.

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does this make sense?
Yes, it does.

Edit: I translated your posts essence here
« Last Edit: 2007.March.20. 15:42:21 by MrPrise »

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« Reply #5 on: 2007.March.20. 16:49:00 »
The Middle Men i used on the Japanese Yahoo site had a system of feedback also. these could be in the for of testimonials left once a transaction is complete. So a trading session would look like this;

1. Mr Prise post in 'For Sale' forum
Enterprise 128 for sale.
description
price/cost
postage cost
images

2. i would PM Mr Prise
'i will take the Enterprise you are selling for the asking price'

3. Mr Prise would then PM me
saying 'OK' or 'Sorry its sold' or 'OK, please pay with paypal etc'.

4. i send the payment and address to Mr Prise via PM

5. Mr Prise sends the Enterprise to me.

6. once we are happy we leave feedback in the same thread with our experiences...

This process would allow other forum users to heckle over pricing and form some sort of level playing field.

Plus - you could have a sticky thread concerning bad experiences and rough price guides for EP items...