Once upon a time, what is currently known as the "Superhero Supply" forum was simply the "LOH Trading Post," a place where LOH members could go to unload costume and prop items they either didn't need, outgrew, or chose to part with in order to move forward with new items. It also served as a unique treasure trove where fantastic one-off pieces could be found, and a newbie could magically transform into a costumer literally overnight. It was a simpler time.
Times are about to get simple again.
Starting today, the Trading Post returns. Once again, LOH members will be able to buy, sell or trade items with their fellow members in a casual and friendly environment. To that end, all vendor activity on the League of Heroes will cease until further notice. "Vendors" are considered (but not limited to) LOH members or partnerships that operate as a business, licensed or non-licensed, offering an array of ready-made or custom props or costumes in full or part. It is the view of the LOH administrators and moderators that this message board exists to bring the costuming community together to share our love of costuming, our ideas, our craftsmanship and, most importantly, our friendship. We believe the LOH should not exist as a marketplace.
We feel the impact on vendors should be minimal, as most vendors on the LOH either sell their wares through their own web sites, social network pages or through other means, such as word of mouth. If you are a vendor, there will be some changes to how you are allowed to conduct yourself on the Trading Post as well as the rest of the LOH.
1. Vendors are still allowed to buy/sell/trade in the Trading Post, but items for SALE must be the individual's own personal prop or costume item, not "merchandise," or in other words, an item the vendor typically sells as a standard offering. For example, something a vendor offers for sale on his business web site would not be eligible for sale in the Trading Post.
2. Vendors are still allowed to post their works in progress in the Hall of Costumes. Vendors will NOT be able to describe the WIP as something that will be offered for sale. This goes for short run items as well.
3. Vendors WILL be allowed to post signatures leading to their business web sites. Our view is, what you do on your own web site is your business, and in keeping with that, sales/trades conducted away from the LOH will not be moderated by us; buy at your own risk. However, we object to any signatures altered so as to imply any items shown with it are available for sale. For example, a WIP thread with a costume or prop described or pictured cannot be accompanied by a signature with wording such as "Buy the above item at www. (fill in the blank) .com."
4. For threads posted outside the Trading Post, vendors will not be allowed to use phrases that imply items they are showing will be available for sale. These phrases include (but are not limited to) "Available soon," "We will be offering this item," "PM for price," "Ask for pricing," "Ready to ship," etc. The LOH staff will notify you if we think the language you use in your thread makes it look like a sales pitch. If we do notify you, the topic is not up for discussion. You will either change the language or we will change it for you.
5. Vendors' discontinued items, or items once offered but only available in small quantity, do not qualify for the Trading Post. Sorry, the LOH is not Overstock.com or Big Lots.
Two settings are completely new: Now, everyone must have at least 10 posts on the board before they may post OR reply in the Trading Post. It's a fixed setting, and it's here to stay. No more 1 or 2-post newbies slipping through to sell items. ALSO, an added perk: Everyone will be able to edit AND delete their own posts. When the item you post for sale is gone, you may delete the thread yourself!!!!
The LOH staff reserves the right to decide for ourselves if and when a vendor violates this policy, and will edit or delete suspected threads without prior notice. We will send a gentle reminder of the new policy in the event members slip up or just ignore the policy. If we decide you are slipping up too often, we reserve the right to revoke posting privileges.
There will be rules for non-vendors as well: If you see an item you like on display in a thread, please do not comment in the thread asking for pricing or whether they will offer the item for sale. You may private message (PM) the vendor for that information. Comments posted in a vendor's thread asking for sales information will be edited or deleted without prior notice. Again, a gentle reminder will be given, but posting privileges are still at stake.
And yes, the policy does apply to the LOH staff as well.
We realize a number of LOH members might feel compelled to help us identify posts that violate this new policy. Relax! There is no need, we have this covered. It's going to put more on Wes' shoulders, sure, but the other three of us will be pitching in to help ease the load.
The LOH staff plans to be lenient during the first couple of months of the implementation of this policy. However, please don't try to be clever. This is not going to be a contest to see who is best at circumventing the rules. Anyone who attempts to circumvent the rules will be dealt with swiftly.
Just to clarify how we intend to handle violations: first time = gentle reminder; second = warning; third = revoke posting privileges; fourth = ban. After the first two months of this policy being in place, we will dispense with the gentle reminders.
We deleted old buy/sell/trade threads back to before March 1, 2011, to ensure active threads have a chance to be perused. The LOH staff seeks to make this transition as smooth as possible, and we hope to return the LOH and the Trading Post to a simpler time that will be an enjoyable experience for everyone. Thank you, and thanks for being an LOH member!
-- The LOH staff (Brin, Ned, Wes and Brian)
P.S.: I realize it is April 1 ... rest assured, this is not an April Fool's joke. It's for real, and it is here to stay. Enjoy!!!! BP