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Ethan Sincox

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#1 posted 12-26-2006 04:35 PM

Sounds to me like this is starting to get to be anything but simple. I think Martin’s initial thought was to have a part of the forum entitled, “For Trade” (or something similar), where people could post items they’d be willing to trade for or things or services they’d be willing to trade.

Each item/entry would have its own thread. The person starting the thread would be responsible for the last entry of that thread, stating they have completed the trade or are no longer interested – that would be the way to make sure you don’t continue getting e-mails from people long after the fact. (Martin, maybe you could even set up privileges so that the person creating the thread has the ability to close that thread, thus making it a definitive statement of closure?)

It doesn’t need a fancy title or long descriptions or flashing signs or red shiny buttons to push. There is no need for shipping guidelines – that can be determined by the two parties entering in the trade agreement. It should be a section of the forum, just like any other, plain and simple and not a lot of hassle. I think if it is much more than that, then people won’t use it.

I think the original intention was for members to trade tools and equipment and wood (and I think we could possibly even throw services, such as plane tuning or chisel sharpening, in the mix as well). Creating a marketplace for members of to “sell their wares”, which is how I think a few people are interpreting this, is something completely different.

I’d be quite interested in the former and not nearly as interested in the latter, which involves much more than just creating a forum and waiting for the customers to pour in. Unfortunately, the whole “if you build it, they will come” doesn’t really work outside of Hollywood – a marketplace would require much more work and time and energy, especially by such people as Martin, to make it successful.

In the latest issue of Woodworker’s Journal, I found very little to excite me. But there was one article I completely absorbed, and will probably find myself reading a few more times. It was an interview with Lie-Nielsen in which he discussed how he got started and how he continues to be a powerful force in the woodworking tool industry. One thing he was sure to point out and reiterate was that he never tries to grow too quickly. He ony intruduced one new plane a year for many years. Now, he only introduces one or two new tools a year. He feels that is something very important that has kept his company in business. I suggest we take a similar attitude

-- Ethan,

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