How do I buy? What should in know first?
First of all, LDDb.com is a marketplace and not a shop owned by a single individual.
eBay.com is also working on this model, they do not sell anything physical but rather provide
the service to make buyers and sellers agree on a transaction. This is what I intend to do too
with a more crafted approach focusing on Laserdiscs, and more effective tools and pricing history to
provide anyone with fair and free information on past transactions.
Second, although the Feedback number is a useful information to evaluate a Seller/Buyer profile,
I cannot guarantee the seriousness of every Shops here. I can only create good conditions for a flawless
transaction but payment methods, conditions and timing are up to both Seller and Buyer. I will of
course collect claims and terminate accounts in case of major problems.
There are many ways to locate/find LDs:
- On each LD list, you will be able to click on to get this symbol next to titles available in shops.
- On each LD Display page, the Shop availability is clearly stated (none, one or more).
- In each User Shop, you can run a cross-check of titles available in both your Wishlist and this Shop
- In the Global Shop, you can run a cross-check of titles available in both your Wishlist and All Shops
Wishlists and automatic Email Notification
Your Wishlist (kept strictly anonymous) is very useful for both buying and selling.
From a Seller point of view, when you input a title in your wishlist, it will be added to the wishlist ranking
of this title (refreshed daily) and help building the list of the most wanted titles.
Once a title has beed inserted in your Wishlist, a click on "Show Notify" in a Wishlist view will
display the Notification controls. You then have several levels of notification available:
If Notification is checked to YES, then you may put more conditions on your Email Notification:
- Yes/No: check this box if you want to receive an Email when this title is added to a Shop
- Condition: the minimum condition (from 1 to 10) required to trigger a notification.
Any LD avaible with a condition below this value will be ignored.
Leave this information empty to indicate any condition.
- Price: the maximum price (in US$) at which you are interested in buying this LD.
Any LD avaible with a price above this value will be ignored.
Leave this information empty to indicate any price.
- Both Condition and Price: both values will be used to trigger an Email Notification.
Additionally, when you set a maximum price and set the Notification to YES, this is considered
a virtual Bid and will be used to give Sellers an evaluation of the current bid price.
If you don't want to see your max price values used to calculate this "best bid", do not check
the Notification box. However, Email Notification will then be turned off. Note that there
is absolutely no obligation to buy at the price you set: it's only a good information for
Sellers that might make them sell a title they would otherwise have kept.
Let's buy new titles!
Please note that you need to be registered since more than 48 hours to be allowed to buy
from User Shops. This is mandatory to filter last-minute creation of account to buy in Shops
and then vanish forever. We expect Sellers to be serious, they expect buyers to be serious too.
You will also be forbidden to buy anything is your Account is currently frozen or invalid.
All Users account should be kept up-to-date and provide honnest and accurate information.
The rest of the buying process is quite standard. When you find a title you are willing to buy
at the price decided by the Seller, visit the shop, add this LD (or several LDs) to your Shopping
Cart and proceed to Checkout when you are done.
Before the final confirmation, titles current availability will be double-checked (Shops
are dynamic, somebody might have already purchased seconds before one of the titles you currently
have in your Shopping Cart) and you will be able to provide additional notes for the Seller.
After the final confirmation, both you and the Seller(s) will receive Transaction Notification
Email and it will be up to both of you to finish this transaction privately.
After the transaction is over
You will be able to leave a Feedback to your Seller to describe the overall transaction.
Included in this feedback will also be your opinion on the Condition of the item you purchased
to know if the Seller:
LDs are fragile and decent packing is a very important step when shipping LDs all over the world.
Therefore, in addition to your Feedback, you will also be requested to describe if packing was:
- Underrated it
- Gave a good description
- Overrated it
The Seller will then get a +1/0/-1 mark, depending on your Feedback, but also a "Description Evaluation"
and a "Packing Evaluation" to let other Buyers know what to expect in the future.
- Insufficient, could or did damage the LD(s), shipment fees were overquoted, etc.
- Normal, just enough to get no trouble
- Above average, for double-boxing, extra-care for corners and spines, etc.