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22 Jan 2022 6:35 a.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian22 Jan 2022 6:21 a.m. PST

Currently, topics on TMP Marketplace expire after a certain amount of time. I think it's 30 days, but I haven't looked at the code.

The posts expire because it keeps the database size down to manageable proportions, and most posts simply aren't relevant after a while.

However, I've received a complaint that the current limit it too short (whatever it is).

So, dear members, how long should the expiration limit be?

* 2 weeks
* 3 weeks
* 1 month
* 6 weeks
* 2 months
etc.

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2022 7:24 a.m. PST

I never look past the last day or two.

Long Valley Gamer Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2022 7:30 a.m. PST

Two weeks at the most. I don't even think that long.

John Armatys22 Jan 2022 8:40 a.m. PST

30 days seems reasonable – I assume that the seller is allowed to repeat the post if the item is still unsold.

Grelber22 Jan 2022 8:58 a.m. PST

Bill, I didn't realize there was an expiry date. When I post on the TMP Marketplace my goal is to get rid of something. If it hasn't sold after a week, I feel something is wrong--either nobody wants it, or it is priced too high. My next move at that point is to list it again with a better description or a lower price. Certainly, if I'd listed half a dozen items and three sold and three didn't, I'd want to delete the three that sold and resubmit. So, I'd go for a week or 10 days.

Grelber

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2022 9:28 a.m. PST

3 weeks

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian22 Jan 2022 9:33 a.m. PST

3-4 weeks.

Personal logo The Nigerian Lead Minister Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2022 9:44 a.m. PST

I don't look back more than a week, the 30 days is generous.

AuttieCat22 Jan 2022 9:54 a.m. PST

Bill,

Well, I disagree with most of the above! I know that two people contacted me after most of my postings had been listed for over thirty days. That is when it started to dawn on me, that posting were removed after thirty days.

Sincerely,
Tom Semian

Thresher0122 Jan 2022 10:20 a.m. PST

90 days, unless the items sell, or want lists are filled.

I'd be okay with 6 months or a year two.

Perhaps give sellers and buyers the option to delete their posts if their items are sold, or found.

DisasterWargamer22 Jan 2022 10:41 a.m. PST

2 weeks to a month

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2022 10:43 a.m. PST

30 days.

Stryderg22 Jan 2022 1:22 p.m. PST

Is it possible to let the seller put an expiration date on their post? With a hard expiration at maybe 6 months?
That way they can post for 2 weeks, if it doesn't sell, they post again with a cheaper price, better description, etc. But no matter what, it's gone after 6 months to keep the database manageable. Or, this is just way too complicated.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2022 1:24 p.m. PST

At least 30 days. Often the left column will move off items if there is a lot of activity in one week. I try to relist but find it difficult to find my original.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2022 2:00 p.m. PST

30 Days

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2022 4:48 p.m. PST

2 weeks. If it doesn't sell, then price needs to be lowered.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2022 5:43 p.m. PST

2-4 weeks. The listing shouldn't take up more than one page. I would guess most people who are shopping are either checking one a week or so. It's nice to look in each category and see what's being offered but I don't think I would go back more than a month.

Schogun23 Jan 2022 8:03 a.m. PST

I've had people contact me 3 weeks after posting so I prefer 30 days. Gives me 2 weeks to garner any offers and if not, time to adjust my price and "re-list" if desired.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Feb 2022 3:38 p.m. PST

One day before my resolve breaks?

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