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Will
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Jan 18, 2017
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I feel strongly that a trading system would benefit the community and enrich the Massdrop platform.
Note, I specifically say "Trading System" not a B/S/T system.
A big part of product centric enthusiast communities is properly valuing objects. How many times have you been to a drop for a different community and thought "My god, why would anyone ever spend $X on THAT?", happens all the time, but it's only because people outside that community, people who haven't gone down that rabbit hole yet, don't understand the market in that community.
Ever since the beginning of Massdrop we've wanted to bring communities together and drive cross pollination. Sure it's in our best interest financially if we can get a quilter interested in audiophile gear, but more importantly, it expands the community, it makes the community richer.
It costs significant money to acquire grail level products in any community, but once you're at the grail level in one community, you tend to become particularly entrenched. This is logical, you've invested hundreds of hours learning about Mechanical Keyboards, you've sunk a couple grand into the products you have, so the idea of starting over in a new category is hard. It's like moving to another country, except you can't bring any of your money or stuff.
If we could create a system where high quality enthusiast products were evaluated as assets, it would enable trading and a greater degree of cross community interaction.
As an example, let's say I've got 4-5 headphones worth between $300 and $1000 on the secondary market, but I don't have any nice mechanical keyboards. I've been browsing mech keys on Massdrop, they look really cool, but I don't want to have to carve out another $200 for the keyboard plus $100 for keycaps from my already stretched budget.
It'd be pretty cool if I could put one of my headphones up for trade, I could specify I'm interested in mech keys worth a similar amount, and Massdrop spits out the 5 dudes looking to trade their $300 keyboards for $300 headphones.
Obviously lots of logistics to figure out, but I think it'd be pretty sweet if Massdrop enabled this kind of activity. What do you think?
Discussed parts of this previously here: https://www.massdrop.com/talk/76/are-enthusiast-products-expenses-or-assets
Jan 18, 2017
SeadonkeyLove
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Jan 19, 2017
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I concur.
Jan 19, 2017
scalarmotion
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Jan 19, 2017
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Yeah, imo the biggest advantage of having a trading platform on Massdrop itself is to enable cross-hobby trading, which is often difficult on forums dedicated to a single hobby.
Jan 19, 2017
DukeMutant
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Jan 19, 2017
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I like that idea I'm a musician and as technology advances so does my equipment. And trading it is slot better then collecting it in a closet, between my guitar rig to my studio equipment. It builds up. And if someone else can use it. Well.
Jan 19, 2017
TiffanyPoodleslide
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Dec 25, 2017
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YES.
Dec 25, 2017
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