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a7xfanben
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Subject: Death of Miniature Trading may be approaching   PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:04 pm Reply with quote

See my post in the Pirates CSG forum for some unfortunate news about the site.

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Subject:    PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:20 pm Reply with quote

Very alarming but not too surprising. The number of active traders of Heroclix figures has been waning. The speed that sets were updated continued to be good so I was hopeful that all was good. A few months ago, I tried to communicate with the website management to see if I could pay for advertising as I thought that might be the best way to increase traffic. I got no response. Today I came on to the website to figure out if I could promote Miniaturetrading.com through Facebook trade groups by offering to pay 3 month subscriptions to get people to try it out.

I really love what MT offers: an website to keep track of your collection, easily sync up your haves and wants with other users, and manage the trade to completion. When I trade on Facebook, I have to take pictures of figs I am offering, list out my wants, take picture of shipping receipts and post positive feedback on to another (2nd) FB group, and lookup potential traders to check if they have positive feedback. I am really posting this to the converted but the point I want to make is that the infrastructure for easy trading is built, it just needs better marketing.

At a glance, it looks like CardMarket business model is based more on buying and selling and collecting a commission on the transactions. That being said, they may not have need for the code of MT. Perhaps they would be interested in selling it? I am open to investing in that purchase but would need someone with the technical skills to install and keep it up.
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:36 pm Reply with quote

robeng wrote:
Perhaps they would be interested in selling it? I am open to investing in that purchase but would need someone with the technical skills to install and keep it up.


I expressed a similar interest - you can see my message to them and their response in the thread in the Pirates forum that I linked. It would be interesting to try and pool funds from the MT/TCO community, but I'm not sure how realistic of an option that is.
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