Discogs : why do some sellers disable communication?

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by Strat-Mangler, Jan 2, 2019.

  1. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Toronto
    What's the point of this? Before forking over $100 on an LP, I want to ensure I'd be getting exactly what I would be paying for. I've had so many instances of lazy or nefarious sellers categorizing just any pressing as a first pressing so I always ask for the full matrix info on each side of the album first.

    In this case, the seller disabled his communication so there's no way to get in touch with him to verify this crucial piece of info. Obviously, there's no way I'm taking a chance in sending that much money overseas in the hopes that he knows what he's doing (when so few people do).

    In the event he was being perfectly honest in his description, he lost a sale because of his restricted communication settings.

    So... what's the point of disabling communication, really?
     
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  2. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

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    Greater Vancouver
    :shrug: I agree, it just seems ridiculous. Another one I like is a seller who in his ads at the bottom of the page states Do Not Order as I'm closing my shop. :wtf: Why not just remove everything? Lazy sod.
     
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  3. Witchy Woman

    Witchy Woman Forum Resident

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    Third Coast, USA
    I have wondered the same thing and it does raise a red flag. I went ahead and took a chance with a cd I wanted very much, hoping the seller really had the version as described. Sure enough, he sent me a re-master that I didn’t want and that he didn’t disclose. At that point I was able to contact him, and he said he was out of the version that was listed. Yet he continued to have it listed as the original release.

    I returned it and he fortunately did refund my $. I won’t be taking that chance again and won’t trust a seller who disables initial contact.
     
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  4. eddiel

    eddiel Forum Resident

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    Toronto, Canada
    Yeah bit of a bizarre option on Discogs IMO. I can see a seller turning it off temporarily if their on holiday or something similar but permanently makes no sense in a retail setting. I think some eBay sellers do the same thing.

    Thing is, if a seller would do something like that, given the option, then it's probably a good idea they were given that option because it's a warning to stay away from that seller.
     
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  5. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

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    Central PA
    I'm gonna guess...it's the easiest way for him to keep track of his inventory? Or he wants to keep his options open in case somebody's willing to pay that $70 for that Bo Bice LP?
     
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  6. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

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    Greater Vancouver
    You can remove inventory from being for sale and still have your inventory that can be seen by you.
     
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  7. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

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    Exactly - he wants the control over his collection information, just doesn't want to deal with the public anymore...
     
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  8. greelywinger

    greelywinger That T-Rex Guy

    Location:
    Dayton, Ohio USA
    If a Discogs seller doesn't do communication prior to the sale, there will be no sale with me.

    Darryl
     
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  9. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

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    Then remove it from being for sale. It's still exactly the same in viewing it yourself.
     
  10. melstapler

    melstapler Reissue Activist

    If a seller is using this function while on vacation, that's understandable. On a typical business week, it doesn't seem like this would be necessary. If a seller truly wants to sell product, they need to be available to answer questions from prospective buyers.

    Back when I used to sell vintage clothing on eBay (about 10+ years ago), you'd be surprised by the large number of dishonest buyers and occasional strange messages from buyers or shoppers. Even had a couple hateful/racist messages in addition to some of a sexual nature. There are some online shoppers who get turned on by simply viewing product photos. Who knew?

    Fortunately, I've never sold LPs or CDs and have no desire to get rid of any music. Discogs is a great place to buy music, even the international sellers I've dealt with have been great, apart from some issues with product being damaged in the mail. I completely agree with @greelywinger because you have to be able to communicate prior to the sale, especially when dealing with international sellers to calculate actual shipping costs.
     
  11. greelywinger

    greelywinger That T-Rex Guy

    Location:
    Dayton, Ohio USA
    I had items in my Discogs cart from one seller.
    Suddenly they were gone. I went to his Discogs page & he had taken down everything. This must be a sign that he won’t be available.
    Possibly a vacation. If it’s that easy to take everything down at once, will it be as easy to relist them?

    Darryl
     
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  12. ellingtonic

    ellingtonic Forum Resident

    Darryl, Unless the seller deleted the listings it should be very easy to relist them. I don't have a ton of things for sale on Discogs, but was able to unlist everything during the holidays with just a few mouse clicks and relist them after the holidays (I didn't want to go to the post office close to Christmas).
     
  13. Nephrodoc

    Nephrodoc Forum Resident

    Yep, had a seller block me because I asked them to verify condition on a pricey item. Was able to get the initial message to them, then they blocked me with no response or reason. No way I’m doing business with people who don’t communicate. Funny thing is, they had a good rating.
     
  14. greelywinger

    greelywinger That T-Rex Guy

    Location:
    Dayton, Ohio USA
    I think he just listed them for awhile. This seller had several thousand listings, so I doubt that he deleted them all.

    Darryl
     
  15. greelywinger

    greelywinger That T-Rex Guy

    Location:
    Dayton, Ohio USA
    Unlisted them I mean.

    Darryl
     
  16. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Toronto
    You can easily get Discogs involved. There is next to no regulating of sellers because people don't bother reporting this stuff.
     
  17. GentleSenator

    GentleSenator what if

    Location:
    Aloha, OR
    not sure there are rules requiring sellers to communicate with people, or rules that forbid them from blocking whomever they like.
     
  18. greelywinger

    greelywinger That T-Rex Guy

    Location:
    Dayton, Ohio USA
    I found a seller outside the US that has a bunch of import 45s w/ picture sleeves I want.
    Cannot contact seller to ask how much to ship to USA.
    It would be a large order.

    Darryl
     
  19. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Toronto
    Isn't it possible for you to cancel the order if shipping is too high?

    Or is there no way to do so after which the seller could post negative feedback for non-payment?
     

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