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  1. Hi Herman, I definitely didn't mean to come across as not assuming that the forum doesn't get excellent traffic and coming off the wrong way. I'm really sorry if that's how it sounded. Maybe it is simply, the use of mobile devices has caused less posting. As you say, now the information is already in the forum the traffic is already finding what it needs. I will see where I can value add. It is harder as a relatively new poster, particularly not an A - Lister, however I will try my best.
  2. As a buyer for sure. To see if I can also start pursuing some of my other ideas.
  3. Yes that is exactly what I was quering before. Seems I need a link to eBay as I build up reviews elsewhere on eBay but eventually also move away from eBay too. I will need to figure this catch 22 out Maybe an interim process.
  4. Still need to get to one of these trade shows too. Nearly went to one in Sydney, but then I got pregnant and started passing out randomly!! I passed out 3 times. The first time I woke up and there were 20 people standing over me. The next 2 times I was with my husband which was much safer. So I missed my first trade show I had registered for.
  5. I did find your eBay store by googling. I just couldn't find it via your website. I think they do prioritise which country you are from, so that is a challenge for us in com.au. I would love to spend 6 months in Hawaii and just buy things from the American ebay store lol!! You have so much more stock it's incredible.
  6. DiamondsbyLauren has no obvious link to an eBay store. I actually couldn't find one! But saw the third party review site. Beautiful pieces
  7. Hello Herman, Something I've noticed recently is that forums that were hopping with interaction a few years back have quietened down a lot. I'm unsure the reasons for this, but one theory I have is potentially the increase of interaction on Social Media, ie Instagram, You Tube, Facebook Pages and Facebook Market Places. I think Price Scope still has a fair amount of traffic, but even sites like the Purse Forum has slowed down. Regardless, I digress. I'm wondering if a new Forum Section may be a fun idea to explore. I don't know what these Forum Sections may be! But it just may be something to consider? - Maybe an "Online Jewellers Group" Sharing information amongst one another such as funny stories, or great success stories they have had. It could be asking for advice like, the best way to send an item internationally. Again, discussions around Social Media, advice and help for each other. - There could be a "How To" section: Maybe this could include topics such as - "How to buy a coloured diamond?" "How to buy safely online?" - Maybe a "Social Media and Diamonds" section: "How has Social Media affected your Diamond Business?" - Maybe a "Buy/Sell/Trade section" This can include, "want to buy" as well. I'm seeing that heaps in Facebook Marketplaces. Other people may have some ideas they would wish to share. Some of the threads look quite old, so maybe it may help to create some fresh activity. I would love if some of the regular posters here may have some ideas too?
  8. We need to infuse some life into this area! I have noticed a few forums are allowing Pre-Loved sales now. The Purse Forum is one, and PriceScope is another. People are linking to loupe troup, eBay links etc. As per my other thread its something that can be potentially inject some life here but as you mentioned it can also have the concern of "abuse". To be honest some of these threads already look a bit dubious and at least linking to another site like eBay does give some credibility to the seller. There are also lots of FB market placea popping up. I'm wondering how we can infuse life here? Just some thoughts.
  9. Sometimes, with Luxury houses such as Bvlgari, depending on the size of the diamond they provide an in house certificate instead. Some of the Bvlgari ring designs can also be more about the design, and made up of a lot of small diamonds, these items can come with a certificate of authenticity instead.
  10. Yes, I 100% agree. Long term goal is to move towards the website. Maybe for the time being I need to link back to eBay as eBay hold trust with a lot of people already, but long term the goal would be to move towards the website. eBay is also so unpredictable. Particularly with all their changes to the algorithms etc. They are in a funky patch in the moment, well in eBay Australia they are at least.
  11. When buying a diamond ring second hand or pre-loved you are in a unique position in that you are buying from an individual. As such you must remember this: the person selling the item - wants to sell. Nonetheless, when people are hit with the idea of negotiating, most people shy away from it. As a result, many items on the second hand market never sell. It is a very common outcome that an individual will try to sell an item, fail and put the item into their drawer gathering dust, never to be seen again. My suggestion is this: if you are interested in an item - make an offer. The result being, you will save more money, and the seller will have a successful sale. The perfect outcome for all involved. You must remember though, when dealing with an individual, responses will not always predictable. Most importantly you do not want to offend anyone by low balling (making a really low offer) and having them just ignore you. You want to make a reasonable offer. An offer that saves you money and an offer which makes the seller really seriously consider your offer. To find out what this value may be, check out eBay or other classifieds ads to see what items are selling for. Also in addition ascertain the current new market value. This will help you find an amount you think is fair. The better armed you are with knowledge, the more successful you will be in making a good offer. There will be some sellers who just don't want to acknowledge an offer, and as with anything when dealing with individuals, no one responds in the same way. If this happens, you can either purchase the item at the price they are asking or move on entirely. If the seller responds with a counteroffer, this is actually good for you. You have now successfully entered negotiations. At this point you can accept their counter offer, or you can even counter again. My advice is to stay within a reasonable amount of their counteroffer as they are providing you with an opportunity to purchase. Whatever happens, always remain respectful. You are much more likely to get a positive result for the both of you. [ Link edited out by Moderator. Please see Forum Rules ] Have fun bargain hunting savvy shoppers!!
  12. Interesting regarding the turnover, I had hoped Cartier would have had a pretty good turnover for 1 Carat Rings. However, I do remember when I was in high school I worked in a couple jewellery stores part time. During the time I was there, they never sold a single diamond ring! It was mostly the lower value items that were turning over, earrings, necklaces, wedding bands etc. I also had a friend who worked at Tiffany, I wish now I could remember the details because I can't remember the exact figure, but their turnover was pretty decent for Engagement Rings. Cartier maybe it's mostly their LOVE range that's popular. I have to admit, I am amazed at how their trinity range is popular. Certainly not bagging out Cartier, but I remember selling these "russian wedding bands" (same concept) back in the 1980s for a fraction of the price. The ceramic as well in thei trinity rings makes the rings so hard to repolish. Their LOVE bracelets are gorgeous, but the LOVE rings, are really quite simple in my opinion. I appreciate Cartier, and do love the LOVE bracelets and some of their necklaces, but I think their other lines are a growing affection for me.
  13. Thanks Davide eBay is extremely strict on anyone selling on their platform and in no way whatsoever mention can you have a website on their platform. I suupose I can link to my eBay store, particulalry if it does help trust. I maybe can put an * to explain my prices are better on my website...OR I simply make my prices better on my website and a savvy customer figures that out themselves. eBay fees are very high. However having a website driving traffic can be expensive with Google Adwords, FB Ads etc If someone stumbled across my website and then chose to buy off eBay I feel I'll end up paying twice in a way for that exposure. However as I'm building my brand maybe its something I move towards and have as a long term strategy moving away from eBay.. I can try to be a bit forward asking for reviews on a third party platform. Yelp isn't huge here, but I can try. No harm in asking right? Makes more sense than asking people to review me on Facebook.
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