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Old 04 February 2021, 10:46   #1
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The fall of AmiBay

Anyone else notice AmiBay:
  1. Isn't https enabled
  2. Is extremely slow
  3. Is overmoderated to the point of being hostile?

Number 3 above has recently raised my ire pretty bad. A simple mistake and now I have a documented infraction associated with my user account and my spot in line to make a purchase was taken away. I had to go reread a laundry list of rules, wait for a stupid timer to finish, and click a button to be able to post again.

I think there's a happy place with moderation where you have a strong community. There's a level of moderation in forums that is effective...but this is a bell curve. Too little or too much results in an overall negative experience.
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Old 04 February 2021, 10:54   #2
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Sorry to hear that. Its a shame as we are supposed to be a community of Amiga enthusiasts. I remember reading someone got told off for spelling "declaring interest" wrong and like you lost their spot in line for a nice item. Best off sticking to ebay as the prices arn't much different and operates effectively
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Old 04 February 2021, 10:56   #3
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I must be honest, that first point is just not excusable. Certificates are part of hosting packages these days. Managing these massive forums can be a huge amount of work, and us Amiga folk are a rather 'passionate' bunch. How would you like to see it done?
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Old 04 February 2021, 18:34   #4
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Amibay... I remember, they had problems accepting *my eMail address* because of copyrights (eh what?) and forced me to change it. What a kindergarten...

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Old 04 February 2021, 19:04   #5
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Yes, they also denied to register me with ihateamibay@atari.st email... just kidding
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Old 04 February 2021, 19:06   #6
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Yes, they also denied to register me with ihateamibay@atari.st email... just kidding
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Old 04 February 2021, 21:58   #7
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I have tried making an account there several times over the last year. Never works. I gave up. I guess it is an insiders only club.
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Old 04 February 2021, 22:09   #8
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Gotta love EAB... Great people and the mods aren't too bad either lol
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Old 04 February 2021, 22:20   #9
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I haven't been on there since sometime in 2016! Got fed up of being ripped off by sellers not sending stuff and claiming they had but never supplied any tracking, funny that!
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Old 05 February 2021, 01:01   #10
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They do seem to have a lot of rules- maybe too many. IMO it's full of people who seem to think they shouldn't have to pay "eBay prices" which makes little sense to me. I don't like to shell out the 13%+ to eBay+Paypal either, but still I think the site is full of flippers.
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Old 05 February 2021, 01:27   #11
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Amibay prices are on par with Ebay these days, you can actually get better deals on Ebay.
Still, I had no issues buying there over the years, always a good experience.
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Old 05 February 2021, 01:49   #12
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TBH if they’re that indexed on protecting buyers and sellers, the simplest thing they could do is revise the “paypal as gift” payment option. Once that’s done, everyone’s covered.

Anyway looks like my voluntary kickban is done so time to move on. I don’t want to bash AmiBay; it was a great forum for a time that served its purpose for me for many years. I just think its value proposition these days is diminished, somewhat due to external factors, but many that feel internal. I digress.
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Old 05 February 2021, 04:06   #13
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I gave up on it years ago... just logging in was a nightmare...
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Old 05 February 2021, 08:07   #14
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Oh, so it's not just me then! I gave up months ago after the fifth registering attempt gone wrong... And lost my interest completely.

Well, gonna keep all those rev.6 68060's myself then! ;P
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Old 05 February 2021, 09:25   #15
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We are very lucky in that there a quite a few Amiga communities that are thriving. So that gives us choice.
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Old 05 February 2021, 12:51   #16
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I have tried making an account there several times over the last year. Never works. I gave up. I guess it is an insiders only club.
Drop me a PM or post in this thread http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?t=79668 and I'll look into it for you
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Old 05 February 2021, 13:22   #17
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TBH if they’re that indexed on protecting buyers and sellers, the simplest thing they could do is revise the “paypal as gift” payment option. Once that’s done, everyone’s covered.
Only true if the seller then also ships insured. Otherwise only the buyer is covered.
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Old 05 February 2021, 15:16   #18
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I confess I haven't been on often in the last few years - mostly due to trading with Facebook friends in groups.

In theory, it should be impossible to get ripped off on AmiBay as you only feedback positively if you receive the item and it's working as described. And unlike eBay, you can't buy an account that has sold e.g. 10000 stickers or other WYSIWYG items and start from that to not let feedback make a dent in your score. In practice, it's probably fully possible.

I think there has been a problem with registering for a while, but you can send them an email to get on the forum.

If I were looking for something specific, I'd probably have a look there, and I think it's especially good for posting Wanted ads (depending on seller activity).

As for prices, they tend to go up, never down as available products finds homes and the products that remain grow scarcer. Best example would be that you could get a whole box of joysticks, 3 TAC-2s for 8 EUR 10 years ago, and last few years a tatty one starts at 20 EUR each.

And as always, you only go by prices for actually sold items, not ads for the same item at a ridiculous price for months. As sellers learn to search for this, prices should be the same everywhere after a while.

All in all, I agree that Amibay could look at how they can make it a friendly marketplace with less hassles.
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Old 05 February 2021, 15:52   #19
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A TAC-2 for 20€ would be fantastic, but on eBay you pay now 50€ for a used one, up to 200€ for a new one...
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Old 05 February 2021, 15:59   #20
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I have only purchased two items so far, and this worked quite well. However I'm a bit disapointed by the site, because I thought it is for Amiga/Retro enthusiast, but I have the impression that most sellers are the same as on ebay.

And yes, the site is really sloooooowwwwww.

What I also find a bit annoying is, that I always see this endless banner of rules. I mean, I already read it once, so why do I have to be hit in the face with it, everytime I load a page?
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