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    Sorry if this explained already. I looked quickly and didn't see it.

    Why on the Classified pages does it not show the price in the listings, as it does note yes/no has a pic?

    Just wondering.

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    The advertiser generally lists the price in the ad. If an advertiser does not quote a price, I and perhaps many others disregard the ad. This is, to me, annoying. Perhaps not as annoying to me as finding guitars listed in the mandolin section.
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    Thanks Bill. What I meant to ask is Why do I have to open the ad?

    When you select your category that page has columns for ad headline, photo (y/n) and date posted. Why not one for price? If your budget is 2K you....

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyV View Post
    Thanks Bill. What I meant to ask is Why do I have to open the ad?
    When you select your category that page has columns for ad headline, photo (y/n) and date posted. Why not one for price? If your budget is 2K you....
    Sellers would like for you to at least see the picture and perhaps be tempted to change your budget. Pretty obvious isn't it? Remember that the classifieds are there for everyone, not just you.
    (and you'll be glad when you're trying to sell that mando you bought.)
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    You need to cruise the classifieds as entertainment.

    I too disregard any add without a price and any add without a picture.

    And any guitar add in the mandolin section.
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    IMHO anything up for sale should show the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philphool View Post
    Remember that the classifieds are there for everyone, not just you.
    Not sure what's meant by this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hanson View Post
    IMHO anything up for sale should show the price.

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    It's not that they aren't priced, it that you have to open the ad to see the price. Currently that 650 ads for mandolins. I know, the headline will state brand and maybe model....

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    I think that perhaps some business advertisers don't put price in on purpose to hopefully lead you to their site. That doesn't bother me at all as long as contribute financially to the Cafe. Getting a lead to their site is their side of it.

    I do agree though that when you read an ad with no price it's a minor irritation but nothing to get really annoyed about. When reading an ad the price is uppermost so advertisers should appreciate this. No doubt some have senior moments and just forget.

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    It's all surfing the web for Mando-porn, anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyV View Post
    Thanks Bill. What I meant to ask is Why do I have to open the ad?
    Quote Originally Posted by AndyV View Post
    It's not that they aren't priced, it that you have to open the ad to see the price.
    It sounds like you don't want to open the ad.
    You'd rather all the pertinent info be listed in concise printed format so that you don't have to open the ad.
    You have no desire to open the ad, see the pictures, read the seller's description or maybe even listen to the occasional sound-clip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLATROCK HILL View Post
    It sounds like you don't want to open the ad.
    You'd rather all the pertinent info be listed in concise printed format so that you don't have to open the ad.
    You have no desire to open the ad, see the pictures, read the seller's description or maybe even listen to the occasional sound-clip.

    We live in two different worlds.
    I think it's more like not wanting to open the ad if it is more than the OP can afford to spend. Seeing something really nice and not being able to afford it. I am one who can't afford a lot of the mandolins in the classifieds, but I window shop all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyV View Post
    Why on the Classified pages does it not show the price in the listings, as it does note yes/no has a pic?
    Looking from the programming/software side of things:

    - The program inherently "knows" whether pictures have been attached to the ad, and can easily indicate that on the listing.
    - There is, as best I can tell, no uniform & pre-defined way to identify "price"; the seller includes that where & how they want, if they want.

    IF the program were to try to interpret a price from within the free-form text, then some might be asking why so many mandolins cost 13 7/8.
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    Here is where you have the freedom to ignore any aspect of a forum you choose. Something bug you? Skip it. Don’t want to read another thread about Blue Chip picks? Don’t. Every thread I’ve ever started seem asinine to you? Don’t read them. Isn’t it wonderful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EdHanrahan View Post
    Looking from the programming/software side of things:

    - The program inherently "knows" whether pictures have been attached to the ad, and can easily indicate that on the listing.
    - There is, as best I can tell, no uniform & pre-defined way to identify "price"; the seller includes that where & how they want, if they want.

    IF the program were to try to interpret a price from within the free-form text, then some might be asking why so many mandolins cost 13 7/8.
    Thanks Ed. I assumed this much. From the programming/software side, how difficult is it to add a price field?

    As I said earlier - just wondering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philphool
    Remember that the classifieds are there for everyone, not just you.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyV View Post
    Not sure what's meant by this.
    What I meant by this is that what is best for a buyer is not necessarily best for the seller.
    e.g.:
    The buyer might want to glance quickly at brand and price.
    The seller might want the potential buyer to open the ad, look at the pretty picture, and then decide to pay a little more for this great opportunity.

    Sometimes you might be the buyer. Sometimes you might be the seller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLATROCK HILL View Post
    It sounds like you don't want to open the ad.
    You'd rather all the pertinent info be listed in concise printed format so that you don't have to open the ad.
    You have no desire to open the ad, see the pictures, read the seller's description or maybe even listen to the occasional sound-clip.

    We live in two different worlds.
    I don't want to open the ad if it's what I'm looking for. If I'm not looking for a guitar, I don't want to look at guitar ads. If I'm not looking for an instrument priced well beyond my budget, same. Either are a waste, better spent on the ads selling what I'm shopping for.

    I believe the seller's description and photos (the more the better) to be very pertinent, BTW.

    As I said early on, I was just wondering.

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    So you all understand. I'm not complaining. Yes, I'd prefer pricing was shown on the listings page, but no matter. This was just something I was curious about.

    Sometimes I shop (window shop at least), and budget matters. I tire of shopping, be it for cars, shoes, instruments.... I find it fatiguing after a while.

    Sometimes the classifieds are entertainment for me, mando-porn as John said. Then I don't care if it's priced. I'll peruse ads until I've had my fill.

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    I, for one, get a kick out of how many mandolins are marketed as "wide open, woody, woofs like a dog, hoss, banjo killer "
    The pictures and descriptions are marketing, the price is the bottom line for many shoppers with a finite fund.
    I've only bought mandolins from builders. I use the classifieds as entertainment.
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