Every now and then a situation arises that calls for a review of
the Marketplace Forum usage guidelines. This is it.
From the beginning I have tried to maintain a balance between the
interests of Members and Sponsors. It's not easy but for the most part it
has worked out pretty well.
Most of our Sponsors fit the usual mold of being either a Manufacturer,
Distributor or Service Provider and have been so long before the existence
Some of our Members have been Members first and upon
becoming Sponsors have found the extra exposure profitable. New
products have been launched and businesses expanded into other areas right
here on ClearStar.
The Marketplace Forum is intended for the use of both individual
Members and Sponsors. It has always been that way and will continue to be
so. We've had 23,566 posts on the Marketplace since it's inception. The
overwhelming majority of these posts are made by Members.
The real question seems to be whether or not an individual Member should
consider becoming a Sponsor and if so, when?
The following examples may help to clarify things.
You should NOT worry about becoming a Sponsor and feel free
to post on the Marketplace Forum if...
- You purchased 23 special widgets for a job and later found you only
needed 20 of them.
- You are looking for a couple of new widgets.
- You want to buy some used widgets.
- You want to sell some used widgets obtained from a job site where
you sold new widgets to replace the old widgets with.
- You just bought a new key machine and want to sell your old one.
- You are closing down your shop and want to dispose of your inventory and or tools.
You should consider becoming a Sponsor if...
- You are a Manufacturer, Distributor or Service Provider who
initially joined ClearStar as an individual Member but would now like to
start promoting your business.
- You have developed a new product and would like to Market it on
- You find it profitable to buy out other inventories or businesses
and then re-sell those items to other locksmiths and safe-techs.
- You become a Rep for someone else and want to promote the products
you rep for.
- You buy things with the intention of reselling them to others, including the members of ClearStar.