Steve DeGaetano wrote:
It's unfortunate, and perhaps he would have been a great contributor, but perceptions do matter, and so do first impressions. If your first post to a site is to draw attention to an auction of yours in a way that suggests it isn't your auction--and people catch onto this and respond--that's just the nature of the Internet.
Michael, you say there was nothing "sneaky" about "it" (the nature of the post) but that's certainly not how it was perceived.
I'm not sure I buy that someone didn't feel comfortable just coming out and saying, "Im auctioning this," but had no problem saying (and basically lying), "Hey, look what I found on Ebay." If that wasn't meant to be sneaky, it sure came off that way.
Perhaps a lesson for all involved.
That would be a nice thing to mention on the Sign-up Page. Perhaps "Our Fearless Leader" (the other Steve) can put up a notice in red to get their attention...NOTICE: If you are signing up to Burnsland primarily to promote an item you have for sale, Please DO NOT try any variations on the old "Look what I found on eBay!" dodge thinking "It's funny" - We see it a lot, know how to check, and you will be summarily busted in about 15 seconds.
The mention of the auction is fine, however the blatant deception of "Not my auction!" is not acceptable behavior and makes a horrible first impression. Just say "I'm selling this:" and be honest. We hope you like what you read here, return often, and add the wisdom of your life experiences to the open and honest discussions.
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