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The Super Market Forum on Vacuumland
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Post# 675148   4/24/2013 at 10:20 (4,047 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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When we went live with the new Vacuumland, I created a new forum called the Super Market Forum.

This new forum was meant for posting on-topic items members find interesting on eBay, Craiglist, classified ads, etc as well as thing members might be looking for or to advertise things that they are selling.

So far so good, it appears that this new forum is working out quite well on Vacuumland. So my question is what do the members of think about the possibility of creating a similar new forum here? Do you think it would be advantageous to all of us here? Let's discuss how you all feel about this. Thanks everyone.

Post# 675150 , Reply# 1   4/24/2013 at 10:22 (4,047 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
I Think.....

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....It would be great, particularly if the eBay and Cragislist "find" threads could also go on it. Having all that under one forum heading - plus the Super Searchalator - would make it one-stop shopping for collectors!

Post# 675152 , Reply# 2   4/24/2013 at 10:30 (4,047 days old) by nurdlinger (Tucson AZ)        
Yeah, OK, but...

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Now that threads live forever that kind of list could become an unintelligible collection of obsolete, extinct sale offers.

Post# 675157 , Reply# 3   4/24/2013 at 10:41 (4,047 days old) by kevin313 (Detroit, Michigan)        
Hi Robert,

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I like the idea of such a forum.

Since we already create threads about interesting things we run across for sale, it's all mixed in with other "Super" forum stuff. I think it would be nice to segregate sale items to a separate forum.

I'm not sure how to address the issue of sales expiring, etc. Maybe it doesn't matter...I often find it interesting to see what items actually sold for (of course you don't get this info with craigslist). But the old listings should naturally fall to the bottom of the forum over time, right?

All in all, I think it would be a very nice feature for AW. Thanks for the opportunity to chime in.

Post# 675158 , Reply# 4   4/24/2013 at 10:55 (4,047 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield, East Midlands, UK)        

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I think it works quite well in Vacuumland and I do not see why it should not work here too.

Can I also say I find the UK Ebay Monthly thread a great convenience as it highlights items in my general vicinity.


Post# 675160 , Reply# 5   4/24/2013 at 11:03 (4,047 days old) by turquoisedude (.)        

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Hi Robert,
I'd love to see this feature on also. I think this may be something that should be restricted to paying members, however, lest the site get flooded with people who think they have a captive audience who will not think twice about spending $1000 on a rusty piece of junk - that's what craigslist is for.... LOL

Post# 675164 , Reply# 6   4/24/2013 at 11:06 (4,047 days old) by Volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        
Good idea.

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I think it would make good sense to have a date on the thread heading and a sense of courtesy to make a new one every week. Like Ebay or Craigslist sales the week of: X.


Post# 675166 , Reply# 7   4/24/2013 at 11:13 (4,047 days old) by jamman_98 (Columbia, SC)        
Great Idea

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I think that will help with people looking for and selling machines, parts, etc.




Post# 675171 , Reply# 8   4/24/2013 at 11:16 (4,047 days old) by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        

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I love the idea. And setting an expiration date on the thread when posting...


Post# 675182 , Reply# 9   4/24/2013 at 12:21 (4,047 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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Post# 675185 , Reply# 10   4/24/2013 at 12:31 (4,047 days old) by revvinkevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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I also think a "Super Market" forum is a really great idea!  


Just a preference here, but it would be nice if when the poster clicks the button to create the thread, they'd choose a "wanted or for sale thread" it would add "WANTED" or "SALE" to the thread title.


I agree with others about old or expired ads, links, sale items, but not sure how to adress this, or if it's necessary.




Post# 675186 , Reply# 11   4/24/2013 at 12:34 (4,047 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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Sounds like this could be a nice addition to the site. I don't think an "expiration date" of any sort is necessary as they will fall off after 100 posts in the index list. Sure there will be older pages you can scroll through, but most people who view the older threads I think would realize that these are out of date.

Post# 675194 , Reply# 12   4/24/2013 at 13:20 (4,047 days old) by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
I too like the idea of a Super Market Forum

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Not only would it cluster the posts for sale items under one heading, but it would post fewer threads to the other forums. This would allow the threads in the Imperial section, for example, more time to remain on the active list before dropping off.

Personally, I don't think we need to worry much about when sales expire, etc. this is already happening now, so it wouldn't change if the sale items are all clustered together. In fact, accessing things in the Super Market might remind people to capture pictures for the archive and that sales are of a short term nature.


Post# 675196 , Reply# 13   4/24/2013 at 13:24 (4,046 days old) by whirlpolf ()        
especially because some offers are "fans only"

Thanks Robert,

Personally I would like that very much, as much of the stuff we are interested in is not of any concern to the regular buyer/seller.

How often have we tried to sell some specialty washer or dryer or other stuff on the usual platforms, only to find "some families" looking for "something to get the job done", quick and easy. (And off it goes, the valuable collector's item, away to some arbitrary family only to be used as their "daily driver").

The other way round: How often have we been looking for this or that special gasket/motor/connector only to be shrugged off by regular readers of regular ebay or craiglist clients who are quickly clicking elsewhere instead of combing through their cellars?

Just my 2 cents.

Post# 675199 , Reply# 14   4/24/2013 at 13:26 (4,046 days old) by oldskool (Kansas City, MO)        
Help! I'm Already Addicted...

The proposed enhancement would only spiral me further toward the depths of my complete AW addiction. LOL Yes, Yes, Yes - it's a great idea!

Thanks Robert for all you do, and continue doing to improve, enhance, and embellish this site. So many people who never knew there were others, who like themselves, find immense pleasure viewing, using, discussing (albeit sometimes heated), and learning more about vintage appliances.

Much appreciation

Post# 675205 , Reply# 15   4/24/2013 at 14:42 (4,046 days old) by Pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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This sounds like a FABULOUS idea!!!

Post# 675221 , Reply# 16   4/24/2013 at 15:49 (4,046 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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While an interesting and great idea for items persons/members wish to sell or desire to purchase, links for eBay, CL and other such listings have a time limit. Once the listing expires the link soon after becomes dead and therefore will no longer work. In theory you would end up with archives of posts which may or may not contain pictures of what was being sold, but sooner or later that would be all.

Keep in mind also no matter how the scheme is structured it will be trawled by Google thus anyone searching the Interent using associated keywords will likely bring up the post.

Just my two cents....

Post# 675243 , Reply# 17   4/24/2013 at 16:24 (4,046 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Sounds like a good idea to me!

Post# 675279 , Reply# 18   4/24/2013 at 18:14 (4,046 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

Robert sounds like a great idea! Thanks! arthur

Post# 675298 , Reply# 19   4/24/2013 at 19:55 (4,046 days old) by washer111 ()        
Great Idea!

Seems like a good idea to me. Though my only concern would be distinguishing between sales that would be posted in the "Imperial" section, and those that would belong in the "Deluxe" section. If we have those, then confusion (and frustration) will certainly be avoided. 


I also agree with Launderess: If this is to be further pursued, then preserving photos of the machines in question will help for the archives. Otherwise, you will have an archive full of pointless threads/posts

Post# 675301 , Reply# 20   4/24/2013 at 19:59 (4,046 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0500 CDT.))        

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That is a great idea! As a CL and Ebay surfer trying to find machines that people may want I would love to have that forum.

Post# 675313 , Reply# 21   4/24/2013 at 20:40 (4,046 days old) by kenmore70 (New York)        

I think it's a great idea too!

Post# 675316 , Reply# 22   4/24/2013 at 20:42 (4,046 days old) by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        

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Perhaps when a member finds that an item for sale has ended or been sold, simply mark the thread as such and let it drift away to archive land.


Post# 675593 , Reply# 23   4/26/2013 at 09:05 (4,045 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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OK I'll work on this soon. The most challenging part is the creation of the new forum graphics.

I have some ideas for the name of this forum, anyone care to share an idea for the Forum Name?

Post# 675600 , Reply# 24   4/26/2013 at 10:38 (4,045 days old) by revvinkevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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Perhaps "The Washboard"....... scrubbing off the old to bring in the new (parts, that is)?



Post# 675604 , Reply# 25   4/26/2013 at 10:49 (4,045 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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I've decided on Shoppers Square like a play on New York City's Herald Square where Macy's and Gimbles used to be!

Post# 675605 , Reply# 26   4/26/2013 at 11:00 (4,045 days old) by revvinkevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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That sounds great!



Post# 675635 , Reply# 27   4/26/2013 at 13:25 (4,044 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Macy's Is Still On Hearld Square

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Though the area has changed much since Lucy and Ethel's day. Especially now that a pedestrian plaza has been set up on the Broadway side.

Gimbles, A&S along with a host of other businesses for that matter have long since gone. Indeed the "mall" building it became is a hot mess. There was talk awhile back of reopening the LIRR/Penn Station enterance that was part of the former Gimble's building which has long been sealed off, but nothing came of it so far.


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