Go back over the past year and 70%, SEVENTY percent of our posts reference ebay dealings.
15128 posts of 21585 contain either the word "e-bay", "ebay", or my personal favorite "squee-bay" Thats an average of over 40 a day!
And we average less than 60 posts a day total!
Jack, I know the outing activity is frustrating here, especially if you expect this list to be about more than (only) where the deals on on-topic bikes. But we're not predominantly about information or riding or restoring or jumbling anymore, we're about shopping ... shopping on the net no less! Also critiquing sales pitches, methods, motivations, blah blah blah. What a waste of such a good resource potential.
I used to think "outing" meant someone was introducing their new-to-them bike to the group, or alerting interested parties to "a sighting" of an interesting website, or, even better...a cool ride spotted near the baths in Verona or Emeryville.
In the face of those numbers its no wonder that other favorite topics, "I know this is off-topic, but....", and the even better one "apologies for this off-topic post, but...."
don't even seem to bug the list owner anymore.
"my name is in the e-mail header" Longmont CO
Peter Jourdain <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: Hey, I can see both sides on this. On the one hand, I understand Jack's "sweat equity" point. Even as to ebay. It's sometimes a little frustrating when you've spent all week online digging around its dusty corners, found a great deal, and then, with a couple hours to go, it's tipped off. Would feel even worse on a small-market Craigs List. On the other hand, I'VE BEEN TIPPED OFF to stuff that I hadn't dug up. I guess I've got to take it as it comes....
> Jack; Email space is free and no one has sole rights
> to their local shop, and if a member is nice enough
> notify the CR Members of a good deal, so be it.
> Peter Naiman
> Shorewood, WI
> --- Carb7008@cs.com wrote:
> > does irk me when it comes
> > to Craig's List. As I live in a medium-sized
> > there are only a few
> > local bike addicts (like me) who regularly prowl
> > local CL. Suddenly, some
> > "helpful" lister announces to this ravenous pack
> > wolves that some dolt from
> > Sacramento is selling a '65 Herse for 300 bucks!
> > Know what I mean?
> > Jack Romans
> > Sacramento, Cal
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