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[April Fools] XDA Marketplace Shut Down Indefinitely
As you are all probably aware, the XDA Marketplace has been under heavy scrutiny for quite some time. Our entire moderator team has been putting large amounts of time and effort on constant and never ending flock of scam reports coming from the WTS and WTT areas from people who are simply stealing, for lack of a better word. Devices are being sent out by some reputable members and either are claimed to have never been shipped out, or accusations about materials in conditions other than promised are simply flooding our inboxes.
The MP is an area that does not, officially anyways, have moderator or administrator involvement of any kind due to potential liabilities on xda-developers. However, as of late we have been involved in numerous cases of people complaining about others for fraudulent or “gone sour” transactions. We have tried putting new regulations in place, which went into effect on March, 10th, but it seems that people are still pretty much ignoring them if they can by trading via pm, buying devices in bulk of off-load them elsewhere to make a profit, and people who simply are using MP as a store front.
Due to the aforementioned extenuating circumstances that involved far more scamming than anticipated, we (the moderator and administrator team) decided to shut down marketplace indefinitely. This will last until we can find a better model for it or simply will keep this as a “failed” experiment in our book. The on-going transactions will have to be finalized in the General-Off Topic section of xda, so please avoid using other areas to finish off deals. Also, please avoid using PM to complete transactions. While the forum is closed, if you started a transaction under that forum, you are bound by its rules whether the forum still exists or not.
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Update: The Marketplace forum has been restored. Happy April Fools Day, everyone!
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