I have a small, at home, online business, dealing with some services and items I offer. Like everyone else, right now, my business is very slow. I can't quite afford to advertise yet. I am perfectly happy to keep it out of this forum. The Scale Auto Forum is hosted (that is, paid for, set up, worked on, etc.) for anyone to use and enjoy, for free. Anyone can join. This free service costs the publisher money. And, putting out Scale Auto costs money. Stop and think for a second. Where does that money come from? Magazine sales, subscriptions, and advertising. If I get to put free ads on the Forum, I am cutting into the profit margin. I think everyone understands what that could lead to: No more SA! We don't want that, do we?
The main focus of the Forum is sharing your model building, with posts and pictures. There are a lot of knowledgeable forum users, who are more than willing to try to help anyone with problems or questions. And, when you show us your work, you can count on appreciative comments, suggestions, and questions. And it's open 24/7! It's like having a magazine that grows bigger as you read it.
To paraphrase Jim, buying, selling or trading, on this Forum, would end up causing huge problems. Having been in retail sales for years, I can guarantee you this. Even though the vast majority of people are honest, there would still be some who would misrepresent what they have to offer, or not ship you a paid-for item, or not pay you for something you sent them How would you handle bad checks? The list of potential problems goes on. It would be a big mess.
Through the Internet, you have a number of options for buying and selling, through online auctions, and forums dedicated to sales, etc. Check those out!
Thanks for listening.