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Hello Shakuhachi Forum Members,
I'd like to announce the opening of The Shakuhachi Marketplace. This
commercial site is the new buy/sell forum and allows registered members
the opportunity to buy and sell items by auction or fixed price. It operates
much like Ebay except it is less costly for sellers and will focus on the
niche market of shakuhachi.
This method of buying and selling will solve some of the commercial issues
we've experienced with the Shakuhachi Forum. It will also provide a service to
the shakuhachi community by establishing a fully functioning, stand alone,
niche market for shakuhachi commerce - something which was difficult to
achieve within the Shakuhachi Forum walls. In addition, the site will help
provide revenue to keep the Shakuhachi Forum running.
Sellers have the option to set up stores or list individual items. Stores are
free for the first 30 days of the site and $10 a month thereafter. Basic individual
listings are free to post for the first 30 days. Charges apply to features which
give items more prominence such as 'front page featured,' 'bold,' extra
photographs,' etc. Sellers will be billed 5% of the selling price only if the item
sells. There are no charges for buyers. All transactions are secure as the site is
equipped with an SSL Security Certificate. Paypal is the preferred method of
What to sell?
Although The Shakuhachi Marketplace is a niche site, there are also categories
for recordings, accessories, books, as well as other instruments. In addition,
members are allowed to list non-shakuhachi related items or anything you think
shakuhachi people might be interested in!
A variety of shakuhachi quality and price levels are allowed providing
descriptions are accurate. Item editing and allowance are at the discretion
of the administration.
Banner ad space can also be purchased for those who are interested in
advertising on the The Shakuhachi Marketplace pages.
Feel free to take a look at www.shakuhachimarketplace.com. The first step is to
register. It's always free. It is recommended to register with your forum username
or something recognizable to ensure credibility. Once registered you are able to
buy and sell items. There is a help and FAQ's section to help you get used to
the site. Also, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or
Hopefully this will be a venture that can be beneficial to all of us.