Marketplace Internationalisation

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by Spanky Deluxe, Jun 25, 2005.

  1. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK

    I know I'm new here and all but I thought I'd give my suggestion anyway:

    The Marketplace forum here is really cool and there are some great deals in there, but maybe you could put a note up in there so that should people want to advertise, they could put a country code first, to signify the areas for where the offer is available for. Like how the 'FS' and 'FT' parts work. So you could have titles like 'US FS Powerbook G4 12"' or 'EU FT iMac G4'.

    You could use abbreviations such as:

    US - America
    CA - Canada
    EU - Europe
    UK - United Kingdom
    DE - Germany
    FR - France
    IT - Italy
    RU - Russia

    I.e. basically just using the abbreviations used in website addresses for those countries. You could maybe have 'IN' or 'INT' for International.

    I'm based in the UK and I keep looking through the Marketplace but never know which ones are US only or available for us folks from other countries too.

    Just an idea!! :)

    Kind Regards,

  2. dsharits macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2004
    The People's Republic of America
    I like it. It sounds like a good idea to keep all of the sales organized as well.
  3. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Decent idea IMO. But I can see some posts now.... "Hey, you forgot the country code in your posting. Search the forums...."
  4. runninmac macrumors 65816


    Jan 20, 2005
    Rockford MI
    Sounds like a good idea. Now how to get people to start to use it? Could mabey someone sticky it? or is it not upto the sticky satus?
  5. StarbucksSam macrumors 65816


    Nov 21, 2004
    Washington, D.C.
    You know what you could do... you know how you have the message smile icons? Add abbreviation symbols.

  6. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

    Jan 23, 2005
    Not a bad idea, but it doesnt need to be implemented...
  7. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    If anything I would like to see FS postings not listed on the front page they should be a separate "forum" that a link could be provided. Also as a revenue stream, a percentage of that sale should go to MR for up keep - unless the poster is a Demi-God.
  8. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    This has come up before as an idea and I think the general consensus was that it was a good idea but tough to implement.

    As a general rule, I'd say that most people outside the US usually do put their country in the title. There are quite a few FS (UK) in there for example.
  9. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

    Aug 9, 2000
    I think this hits on the topic that I started in another thread. The Marketplace does need some attention, if it's to continue to be efficient in its function.

    SUMMARY: I had proposed some further way of classifying posts as well. Check out the other thread too.
  10. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I do see "UK" in the titles of threads from time to time but I don't remember threads identifying other countries.

    Am I right in assuming that the reason to identify the country is either

    (a) the poster wants to buy/sell/trade only within his/her own country


    (b) the poster wants to give people a clue about shipping costs

    or is there more to it?

    Also: If your thread is named "IT Looking for cheap iMacs" I think somebody is bound to think "it" is a pronoun, not a country code. Wouldn't it be better to say Italy for Italy, i.e., use country names instead of codes?
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Along the lines of this, people who put up FS/FT or WTB threads should put their location in their location field, instead of leaving it blank or putting a joke in the space. It would save a lot of hassle.

    And also, it would be nice if posts in the NA market clarify whether they are priced in terms of USD or CAD, since that comes up a lot. I'm trying to avoid be Americentric, but to be honest, it's mostly sales coming out of Canada in USD that are the issue, and not vice versa.

    I think these sorts of things should just be part of the rules sticky, to be welcoming to our international family. :) I don't think enforcing them would be easy at all, as Applespider said.

    EDIT: Dr. Q, I think beyond what you said as reasons, it is also because respondents are not sure whether or not the seller is willing to ship to them. A lot of people advertised products as "$50, shipped anywhere," but their notion of anywhere is the continental 48 US states and maybe DC.... :rolleyes:

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