Jump to content

Recommended Posts

Would it be interesting for this forum to set up a list where we could exchange things like parts and tools?  I happen to have duplicate tools from my lot purchases, and feel that those could be better used. No money involved. Would that be feasible?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like the idea, but I know as you do that the forum has a no sales thread, something that I understand but due to the fact that we all seem mature types that like to help each other it's a shame that we don't have a sales/wants section, would be better than ebay sniper/shield bidding that's for sure.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm definitely up for this ... really good idea.

Maybe the moderators would agree to create a "swap section" or "exchange section" (name it as you want), no sales of course, only free exchange.

Members could offer tools or parts there for free exchange an tell what they are searching for.
One should specify the location, just to keep the shipping fees as low as possible.

Envoyé de mon Moto G (5) Plus en utilisant Tapatalk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gentle question: what’s the issue with a sales section? You can put whatever rules in place you like to dissuade traders such as max number of items a year for example, but could be a useful feature for tools and parts. Provided it’s managed I can’t see a huge problem. It’s not my forum and I’m happy to go with the rules btw, so please note I’m not complaining, just asking.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
16 minutes ago, Pip said:

Gentle question: what’s the issue with a sales section? You can put whatever rules in place you like to dissuade traders such as max number of items a year for example, but could be a useful feature for tools and parts. Provided it’s managed I can’t see a huge problem. It’s not my forum and I’m happy to go with the rules btw, so please note I’m not complaining, just asking. emoji56.png
 

+1

I would rather offer things within the community than ebay.  On other forums it works well, I don't understand why it wouldn't be viewed as a positive. 

As for this thread...exchange or swapping is still selling, just not for a fiat currency.  Seems to me if that's ok, being able to exchange for a currency would be far more efficient, sort of why they were invented :)

Edited by measuretwice

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I too would like to see a sales thread on the forum, as had been said it works elsewhere. I would like to think that we are all honest and going to see anyone off but it only takes one bad apple to spoil it for everyone else.

i have in the past received and given parts to other members all free and through PMs  with no problems, who knows maybe it will take off.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There are other sites that have sales and swap threads but I for one am glad that this forum has refrained from such a section, the amount of petty bickering, and squabbling that they cause on some forums is noticeable, this forum gets quite a few one question members pop up ask a question never to be heard from again having a sales and swap thread would I think encourage similar, members join up see whats on offer, and make no contribution to the forum and take what they need.

It would also put a extra headache upon the shoulders of the site moderators.

My opinion is that the site is fine as it is.

Edited by wls1971

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
23 minutes ago, wls1971 said:

There are other sites that have sales and swap threads but I for one am glad that this forum has refrained from such a section, the amount of petty bickering, and squabbling that they cause on some forums is noticeable, this forum gets quite a few one question members pop up ask a question never to heard from again having a sales and swap thread would I think encourage similar, members join up see whats on offer, and make no contribution to the forum and take what they need.

It would also put a extra headache upon the shoulder of the site moderators.

My opinion is that the site is fine as it is.

I used to have the same question about lack of a section for sale or trade in this forum, then I thought of some answers, I now think, that is how this forum is safe from infections usual on the Net.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Totally agree with everyone’s view on this being for or against, as a member of RWG forum that have a sales thread for watches/parts and straps and everything else it seems to work very well. It is well managed and you have to of been a member for a certain amount of time and have a certain post count before you can even get access to these sub forums.

There are other rules to stick by which I won’t into now as it’s another forum, there has been time when there have been the charlotten but the mods have been all over it and found ISP addresses and blocked them and also spread the news to sister sites so they are area of said people.

a lot of work for the mods if you go all in with a similar set up as that of RWG. I’ll leave it there for now.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, Geo said:

No argument here.

It is Mark's forum and only he can make a decision regarding this matter.

  give it a try ! the flea or swap meets have been around since the dark ages !   a digitized  - tax free - swap is a GOOD IDEA !  vin

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
There are other sites that have sales and swap threads but I for one am glad that this forum has refrained from such a section, the amount of petty bickering, and squabbling that they cause on some forums is noticeable, this forum gets quite a few one question members pop up ask a question never to be heard from again having a sales and swap thread would I think encourage similar, members join up see whats on offer, and make no contribution to the forum and take what they need.
It would also put a extra headache upon the shoulders of the site moderators.
My opinion is that the site is fine as it is.

Very good point...



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There are lots of sites with petty bickering through out, imo its the culture of the site that sets this not a classifieds area.  As for attracting the 'wrong crowd' or 'post and runs', have something like a min 20 post rule before you can access the section or post there.  I believe many forum software packages off those options.  Personally wouldn't buy from someone who didn't have a posting history, i.e. wasn't a stakeholder in the community here.  Other than that, the forum provides the venue as really great service and all activity is caveat emptor.

For someone wanting to sell, is there a horology forum that offers a classifieds section, or are local classifieds/ebay the only option? 

 

 

Edited by measuretwice

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This subject has been debated many times. The issue is if not careful the site would just become a FREE eBay/auction site. We will attract members who are only interested in selling or buying. The concept of this site is for those who wish to repair and also for general horological enthusiasts. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Perhaps only members with a reasonable contribution rate or length of membership could join the swap shop or trade section. This would weed out the members who are only interested in selling or buying. Sometimes looking for spares even for a common movement can be a nightmare and then find its cheaper to purchase a complete scrap movement. I suspect all enthusiasts on this forum have lots of spares that they might never use. With regard to tools I would think this would be useful to a lesser extent because we all like to keep backup tools and we are natural hoarders so not very much would be available.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Haha, inveterate hoarders we certainly are! There seems to be no great consensus on a sales forum, fair enough and ultimately Mark’s call. There are plenty of forums (fora?) out there that do have them, I’m a member of a couple of others and have bought the odd interesting piece.

In any case, I come here for the insights and the help and the inspiration provided by many, often on subjects I had no prior knowledge of. (Wig wag tools anyone?!!). Anything else would just be a bonus. If I need parts I guess I can always ask, if that’s not considered too impolite amongst friendly watchmakers?





Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Similar Content

    • By rduckwor
      If this is inappropriate, please delete the post.
       
      I have an acquaintance who is closing his shop due to health after 43 years.  He has a large quantity of parts, stems, crowns, crystals and all the paraphernalia one would accumulate after a long period in the business.  He needs to liquidate his shop.  This isn't a "Hey do you have a __ for a __." kind of post.  We're talking serious stuff here.  Mass quantities.   If you need parts, equipment, etc. for your practice, please let me know.  I will pass along his email contact  to you.  Obviously, this is useful primarily only to those in the U.S. due to shipping costs.  But he has a huge amount of useful goods and is 100 miles South of Atlanta.  PM me if you need something.
       
      Thanks,

      RMD
    • By BrianG1
      Hi, I have a few bits and pieces, and clocks. And I am very interested in horology tips, conunundrms etc.
    • By Lenj
      Hi,
      Has anyone got one of these lathes?? if so are they any good for repairing pivots etc..I know they would not be any use for heavy work, but thought I would ask first..
      Have a good weekend all..
      Thanks Len


    • By tagawa
      I got a nice surprise gift in the post from my aunt which she found at an auction, labelled "watchmaker's tool". Certainly looks attractive but I'm not sure what it is! My instinct is a staking set but as I've never seen or used one, I could be wrong, and my image searches don't throw up anything similar.
      Suggestions on another forum included a hole punch for watch straps or a sizing tool for jewels or caps. Can anyone help with the answer?

    • By Timtastic
      Hello from Odessa, Texas!  As a beginner in watch repair, is there a repair kit that is a good starter kit on the market?  Before I invest in Swiss tools that cost a small fortune, I would like to start with a set of tools that will help me find out if I am as interested in watch repair as I think I am.  Thanks in advance for any advice or recommendations .
  • Recently Browsing

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Topics

  • Posts

    • If the clock has a lack of oil say the platform, you will find it will not preform, as it should do no matter what you do. It is such a delicate and vital part it has to be in tiptop condition for it to work correctly, 
    • Caliber is generally engraved next to the ballance wheel.
    • You said it gains about a minute every 24 hours, I see the beat adjustment lever (the one that is bent downward over the back plate) is pushed to one side, this lever will advance or retract the beat therefore speeding the clock up or slowing it down. Also check to see if the balance spring is free in the slot of this lever if not it may be putting too much tension on the spring. Just so you know, the closer the slot end of the lever is to the end of the spring (where the taper pin holds it) the slower the clock will run.
    • It's very difficult to provide help without pictures. From the information you've provided, I can tell you that Omega pocket watch with movement number 5,694,216 would have been made between 1916 and 1923. The 15 jewels and 2 adjustments would align with these dates as well. I do not know what "Fortune" or the other number mean. Here is a picture of a watch made in the same time period...does your movement look like this?
    • Hi Andy,  The link introduces/defines Thermodynamic which is the study of heat energy conversion to work and vice versa. It is about transformation of energy. One form of energy (heat) transforming into another form ( work) and not concerned with transfer of heat, from hot to cold. Understanding the nature of heat and the mechanism heat transfers from hot source to cold, is a key len33 is prepared to use. His question shows him ready to absorb the concept. Regards joe  
×