Experience buying or selling on the Bazar

Hello PP Folks!

I’m here in the Netherlands working on Precious Plastic Version 4 and one of the first things I’m tackling is improving and scaling up the Bazar. We also have a UX designer improving the user experience. We will be coming out with a blog post in the next month that shows some of the data from the last year. The good news is it definitely proved itself a valuable tool for the precious plastic community (people are buying and selling PP creations). However we know there are some downsides, some of which were outlined in Mattia’s post from a few months ago. One of the biggest constraints is that the Bazar is built with a marketplace software service, which only allows a limited set of changes. At some point we might move away from that service, but we have to (mostly) work within that framework for now.

We’ve got a lot of things we are working on in regards to the bazar, but the more feedback the better.

I’m looking for specific feedback, suggestions, or just general thoughts about buying or selling on the bazar. Any comments are greatly appreciated !


not sure this crappy forum software allows you to search my posts, but i am complaining about since the beginning. the bazar has to be outsourced or rewritten from scratch, it’s not going anywhere but being annoying, frustrating for all parties, incl. pp hq.

in short, as seller the content representation is just a slap in the face, same for buyers.

communication, exposure, product options, confusing default fields, transport options : all crap. we’ve spent (rather wasted) insane amounts of time on people because hey too lazy/stupid to read (if they are at all), mis-informed (thanks to DH) it’s a mess, so much we’ve lost rather interest to the serve PP community per-se. it’s probably alright for builders who wanna make some quick buck on naive pp newcomers, but on a regular base, regarding building p2p communities around the planet, it’s a complete nogo.

doing it right, outsourcing the bazar on a ebay backend has been also refused… ‘it must be easy’, ‘it’s not open source’, …#$%#$%x like this…

Edit:  See above.

HI Michael!

I’m sorry to hear about your experience buying a shredder on the Bazar. This is one of the problems with open source projects – it’s difficult to to control quality. We are looking for ways to solve this with the next version of the Bazar – perhaps something like a “verified seller”? We are wide open to ideas if you have any.

Feel free to send me a PM with the seller information so we can look into it from our end.


Edit:  It’s all good.  Just a misunderstanding.

I find it really amazing how self-evident some users feel about being able to complain publicly about free support and infrastructure. And that without having the courage to say for yourself who you are. Even though the bazaar may not be technically good, it does not help anyone to mock around.

alright, that means the bazar stays in place, so no real change after all. good to know.

Thanks @imuh ! Great to hear. YES – that change is on the way! Thanks for your comment 🙂

Hey @jaklatt !
Actually bought items twice through the bazar and everything went smoothly !
It would be useful to be able to use the search bar to search items in addition to the location search (now that many products are on the platform)?