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Split "local pickup" from "shipping available?


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This post is simply a suggestion for the site.  I am an amateur (home grower) that monitors the for sale/trade category, and one of the things I find annoying is that someone selling a palm will specify local pickup only.  Of course, that's quite reasonable from their perspective, but not really an option for me unless that person is located in northern california (unfortunately for me, 99.8% of these posts are in any one of a number of southern california communities, any one of a number of florida communities or texas) - as a practical matter, these communities are not accessible to each other as well - the problem then gets exacerbated when a grower (typically commercial grower) uses the forum as a product list with one entry for each type of their 47 palm species for sale (i.e., all for local pickup).  The effect from my perspective when there are a sufficient number of these posts is that it converts the category into a regional topic only, with subject matter unavailable to me (and others).  My suggestion is simply that under the topic for sale/trade that there be separated categories for local pickup only (perhaps for tags by region) and for sale via mail.

 

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I suppose those of us that post products for sale there could be cognizant of tagging our topics.  Something that may help is to search just that particular forum for whatever species you might be looking for at that time.  As frustrating as buying is for the buyer, it's sometimes frustrating for the seller as well.  @PalmatierMeg just had to compost a ton of volunteers she had hoped to sell.

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