>>It's been over a year since my website
"debued". I've sent out hundreds of orders from this part-time venture,
and have never, not even once, had anybody request that I send the cards
the same time they are sending payment.<<
I don't have a web site yet <still trying to understand the logistics and I
seriously don't think it has anything to do with the reason people have never
asked for the cards before they send the money.
I've had thousands of deals on line and I've been asked once to send the cards
first...this was a couple of years ago. I refused and offered references and
the collector agreed to send the money first and all went well.
>>Do you personally think that this is because the web site is
well-established and shows that I am not a kid and someone whom is just
looking to rip people off?<<
Why do you say that? I've seen some great sites created by kids and even by
several reputed rip-offs.
As far as kids go, I really wish everyone would stop thinking they are less
reputable by measure of their age. Some of my best customers are kids and
though I've had a few people renege in my auction I've never had any of them
give me the impression they were kids. Just dead-beats.
I think the manner in which one purports oneself in the NG speaks volumes to
collectors. Someone who has a good track record when reading Deja News, has
many references and seems knowledgeable and willing to answer questions is
always a better bet than someone who pokes their head in, advertises several
high end cards and disappears.
>>I certainly hope that the site speaks for my
credibility as being trustworthy and experienced with cards and
buying/selling on the internet.<<
Not meaning to critique your site, I wonder what there is about it which makes
you believe it speaks towards your credibility and how your trustworthyness and
experience is portrayed? It's a nice enough site (don't get me wrong here),
however, I've visited many card sites with such professionalism I would never
guess the creator was anything other than a webmaster. I've seen animated
graphics, heard sounds and music bits and even actual movie scenes. I'm not
saying these make a better site, only that there is nothing which says
"trustworthy and experienced" on any of the sites. This is something which
comes with reputation and a web site doesn't portray this.