Im starting a poll thread for my own curiosity. This isnt an admin thing so the results will not necesarily be adopted by the forum, its purely to satisfy my own curiosity.
When we first launched the site we agreed on the idea that rather than go after 30 different traders who would give us varying discounts and varying levels of service, we took the approach that we should concentrate on offering members a concentrated number of high quality traders that we could be sure would offer our members a top level of service. Being a smaller number it also means that we can build up a better working relationship with them as has been seen by the prizes donated so far by Paul at Red Griffin and Mike at Diagnostix which i know was appriecated by members.
In return for discounts, the traders get exclusivity on our forum where there are a max of 2 traders per 'trade'. We felt 2 was a good number to retain exclusivity, yet allow members some scope for market differences etc
Now that we are over 6 months old, we are attracting more and more traders who want to be part of our scheme. Some are not really suitable, some meet our requirements but are prevented from joining due to our 2 traders per trade rule.
Bearing in mind that the trader scheme would lose all control over members personal recommedations and be an open market place where along with good traders there may be the odd shark swimming too, would members prefer to see approved traders relaxed and more traders taken on board? This would mean that some discounts may get reduced due to losing exclusivity and would also lessen the closeness of our working relationships. We, as admin would also not get involved should a deal go sour, it will be 100% members responsiibilty.
The positives are an increased number of trader options.
Have you expeirenced other trader schemes on other forums, good or bad.?
As stated, this is for my OWN curiosity as a member, not an offical admin pole, but as always please keep on topic, show respect to other posters, and refrain from advertising etc