Originally Posted By centavo:
being new to the site this thread is very interesting. I have found a few flaws with it but I think the dealers, from what I have read do pay higher fees to do business. The only problem I see is that the individual ad does seem to get lost in the sea of yellow. I generally just look for the grey adds. I hope the site doesn't turn into a retail storefront and the individual gets forgotten about. I think there should be 2 subdivisions for each catagory. A dealer and an individual. I tend to only want to deal with individuals. I think this would solve your bumpity problem whatever that is. But I suspect a good idea that steers prospective customers away from dealers will not be accepted with grace by the powers to be. It just seems to me alot of time is spent editing threads for violations. I wonder if there is going to be an ar15.com jail for violators. I guess that is individuals get their ad locked and some get suspended. Shame on you.
Actually, the yellow highlighting is for that EXACT REASON.
It allows you to look/purchase from Dealers/Industry Partners, OR, If you look at the grey posts and flip through a few pages, from the "standard members" only.
BTT Rules by non-Dealers are dealt with strictly, not everybody can be on page one, and as I said, the dealers wouldn't be willing to pay for their benefits if they were stuck in their own forums.
There IS a "Dealer Only" forum, here: www.ar15.com/forums/board.html?b=2
You can ask questions and create sub topics related to an item!
--ETA: Before people scream "It's All about money!", you need to realize what an optic line and clustered servers cost in order to service over 10 MILLION hits per day. To keep the site "snappy" and still FREE to all, certain "helpers" need to be utilized. The site IS FREE for you to use, even without a Team Membership. This is due to the number of Dealers and Industry Partners that have contributed, please show your support by at least looking at their ads!