Okay, so a lot of decisions when it comes to buying and selling on here based just as much on the trustworthiness of the seller/buyer as much as the deal itself. That being said, I'm a bit....confused as to how that works around here.
So you've basically got two types of data: feedback and sales. Feedback seems to be totally unregulated where you request from someone to give you feedback for whatever the reason. The problem I have with feedback is that frankly, it's kind of hidden on here. Heck, even the feedback page doesn't follow the same layout as the rest of the site. On top of that, you have to request it and it doesn't have to be based off anything. Let's say I see something in my wanted list that someone is selling for cash. We work out a deal and I send him the money. Now, he can mark the item as sold on this date for this price, but what do I have to show that I am a good buyer that isn't trying to screw him by either saying I want a print and never paying, or maybe lying and saying I never got it in the mail, etc etc? On top of that, how come he can mark it as sold, but it doesn't ask for any details to confirm that data like who it sold it to to make them confirm it? What is to stop me from listing 100 prints as sold just to artificially inflate my numbers since there is no confirmation? Everything is on the honor system and you can fake your sales data, but buyers have to request feedback and when they get it it is kind of hidden.
Now, ignoring that for a little bit, what about when sales are more favors and not really sales in the truest sense? I was a poster buddy for 4 people here buying a TON of stuff for them. I sold it for sticker plus my expenses to mail it to them. If I bought 20 prints for 4 people, would you consider that 4 sales or 20? Should my favor sales be counted the same way as normal sales even though they deflate the value?
I know I'm all over the map here, but I'm curious to see how I should be using the site to make sure people are trustworthy, for people to know I'm trustworthy by making them aware of my past good deeds, and to help improve the whole system.