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Old 03-08-2015, 11:50 PM
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Demand for a Disc Golf Auction website?

I'm new to the forums here so if I am violating any guidelines I apologize. I am looking to gauge interest in a disc golf auction website. I know that DGCR has several marketplace forums for selling and auctioning discs and it seems fairly active. I also know that there are Facebook pages like Dollar Disc Golf Auctions that serve the same purpose. And, of course, there is always eBay.

I'm interested in developing a speciality auction site that only deals in disc golf merchandise. I feel like, if done properly, it can combine the best of DGCR's auctions with DDGA and eBay's auctions, while cutting out some of the frustration I've read about (unreliable bidders, high eBay fees, etc).

I know there have been a couple of sites in the past that have attempted this (discaroo comes to mind) and weren't able to succeed, but I enjoy a challenge.

Is there a market for a site like this? For those of you who run auctions on DGCR or any of the various facebook auctions sites, what would it take for you to start running your auctions somewhere else? I would assume having more bidders competing for your used plastic is key, but what else?

Would love some feedback.
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Old 03-09-2015, 01:09 AM
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The Auction section here is a pretty good source for reliable auctions. The problem is there were more buyers driving up prices on Facebook, so the sellers followed the buyers there and the auction section here has been virtually dormant. I can't imagine a new site being able to build a buyer community strong enough to lure the sellers away from FB anytime soon.
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Old 03-09-2015, 01:27 AM
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As long as there are fools loosely parting ways with their cash on the FB auctions, I don't see how a more reputable auction site is going to lure people to use it. If such were so, the MP auctions here would still have traffic.
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Old 03-09-2015, 01:36 AM
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Discouraging replies, but I appreciate them all the same! I definitely agree that sellers are going to flock where the buyers are and so you have a chicken and egg problems with a new site where seller won't come unless there are buyers and buyers won't come unless there are sellers.

Will have to give this some thought. In the meantime, more feedback is always welcome.
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Old 03-09-2015, 08:28 AM
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I think it could be successful but would need advertisement and links from sites like this. Good luck!
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Old 03-09-2015, 08:44 AM
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The uphill battle any auction site faces in competing with Facebook is cost. It costs to run a site, and the busier it gets, the more expensive it becomes to maintain. Facebook is free. Free to join, free to list, free to bid. Now that Facebook is the place for these transactions, I think the only thing that will cause people to move away from it would be Facebook itself cracking down or instituting their own auction system (so they can monetize it). Somehow I doubt there's enough cash in the disc golf auction sites (or any other possible Facebook auction sites) to raise any alarm bells at Facebook HQ anytime soon.
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Old 03-09-2015, 08:46 AM
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seems dumb. already 100000000 places you can set up an auction why try and reinvent the wheel?
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Old 03-09-2015, 09:14 AM
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Check out this thread and the auction site link in there: http://www.dgcoursereview.com/forums...hlight=auction

The first few dealers on that site charged ridiculous prices for discs. I jumped on board and listed my complete 500 disc inventory on there at normal prices ($14.99 shipped for champ/Z/Opto/VIP/etc.). I sold maybe 10-15 discs, but overall the site never caught on. There ended up being only a few sellers. It looks like it's still kind of live too, which surprises me. The seller's fees that were charged on the site were half of what ebay charges, which helped me make more money per disc.

In the end, though, I don't think it would be feasible to have a site like that with facebook dominating the market, and ebay giving me an instant audience of millions of people. If a site did come around again, I would definitely help out by listing stuff on it.
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Old 03-09-2015, 09:58 AM
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seems dumb. already 100000000 places you can set up an auction why try and reinvent the wheel?
If everyone thought that way, then Google would have never been invented as there were many, many places to search the web.

It's all about innovating and improving on an idea. I feel like I have something to offer the existing sites don't.
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Old 03-09-2015, 10:00 AM
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Thanks mbntheman and kw83028. I appreciate the feedback and vote of confidence!! I had seen discauctions.com before, but had forgotten about it. Thanks for posting about it again, I'll read up on that forum thread and see if I can get any ideas. Thanks again!
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