In terms of filling people in with where, what, who, why etc... I think that the blog on Bikesoup should answer most questions - http://blog.bikesoup.com/
Bikesoup was set up to be a credible, affordable, bike specific trading platform. The advert pricing is about 25% of ebay et al & our buyer security is promoted via billing at advert submission. How many thieves will be handing their debit & credit card number over? A debit / credit card ties someone to an address.
As the site grows we will keep updating the guides section to better inform buyers & sellers alike.
Like most people I use ebay & one of the things that really wears me out (apart from the end of month invoice) is the amount of pointless communication. I'm really hoping that Bikesoup users will pick up the phone to asses a seller & his wares. But email etc... is still an option.
As a company, our development will be software based providing solutions to other bike related entities - be it forums like Retrobike, ACT or bike manufacturers. The website will be continually upgraded to improve the user experience.
I'm quite flattered by my 'loitering' tag....... Just like everyone on here I love bikes & picking up new parts, and seeing what's for sale etc.... I take on board the 'get involved' hint & I've been proactive in having a clear out this PM.
For the last 8 months I have been up to my ears in programming, design & development. Hence, part of my job is choosing a direction for Bikesoup & observing how the bike community functions.
In terms of possible exploitation, I have an agreement with John that considers a launch period for Bikesoup & an ongoing benefit for Retrobike as a whole. Whilst it's early days for Bikesoup, much of what I am working on at the moment will provide tangible benefit for all forum members.
Cuppasoup or Retrobroth??? Who knows.... I've got a genuine passion for quality bikes & my flat is peppered with all things bike. Some of them I picked up to give Bikesoup a credible launch boost. Others I ride all the time & will move on when I stop using or get bored with, just like everyone else.
If anyone has any comment or ideas on how Retrobike & Bikesoup can develop in a particular direction then please drop John or me a line.
Eg. coming on line next week will be a forum membership function where you can select any forum memberships & that will show up on the Bieksoup advert when published. The hope is that it drives more traffic to Retrobike, increases loyalty & gives buyers e better feeling of security in buying from an enthusiast. And plenty more in the pipeline also....
Now, how do I get more than 4 pictures on an advert?
Antony - firstname.lastname@example.org