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March 23, 2014: Detailed miniature lists
When searching for miniatures you can now list all the details for each miniature so that you have all the information displayed at the same time.
This way it's easier to identify the miniatures you are interested in when searching our database, or other users' lists, or when looking for miniatures to add to your armies.
Also, when browsing our miniature database you can also display just their images for a more compact view:
February 21, 2014: Trades reactivation
Our Tracked Trade system is designed and tailored to best accommodate the whole process of trading, buying and selling through the postal mail, with the corresponding risks and delays.
Nevertheless sometimes a Trade might expire due to extraordinary circumstances, like extreme weather conditions that delay the mail, or unanticipated personal events that prevent one of the parties to send or receive on time.
To accommodate for even these exceptional cases, we have now added the option to re-activate an expired Trade so that you can continue with it and take it to completion. This option has obviously its limitations:
- it should be used only when both parties are willing to continue with the trade or purchase,
- can only be used once per Trade,
- and is available only during the 5 days following the expiration of the Trade.
So, when a Trade expires you will now be offered a "Reset Trade" button that you should use if both you and the other user are willing to continue it to completion.
I hope that will help to make the trading process even smoother on our site.
June 20, 2013: Trade Evaluations
Each Tracked Trade completed on our site becomes part of your track record and tells others about your good trading practices.
To go beyond the simple fact that you have completed a trade and have received a reference, we are now setting up an evaluation system whereby each trader may evaluate their experience in each trade and give more information on how the trade developed. You can now evaluate each trade on three parameters: communication, speed, and condition of the items. And you may also enter a short comment to support your rating.
These evaluations will combine into a reputation report that will be shown on your public page:
The report also includes the average time it takes for the user to prepare and send their items and the time it takes for the items to reach their destination, both for domestic and international trades. This is based on all completed trades so far.
So we have now yet another tool to gauge the trustworthiness of our traders, which will also encourage people to try and improve their trading skills so as to get the best evaluations.
Note: You can still evaluate those trades you have finished in the last 30 days, so we encourage you to take the time to give an evaluation to all those trades you have completed recently so as to help build these reputations on the site.
We have also added a couple of small features to make your trading experience easier:
- Pending Actions: On the list of people you are trading with, you can now see the actions you are expected to perform so that you can easily identify the trades which need your attention.
- Address Labels: You can now easily print the address of the other trader so that you don't make any mistakes when copying it. The label also includes your address as the sender, so you can just print and stick it on your parcel.
May 8, 2013: Get money and Premium by promoting our site!
We could not survive without our thriving community of users, so we want to give back and let you take advantage of our growth.
We have just greatly improved the ways in which you can benefit from promoting our site and bringing new members to our community:
- Affiliate Program: we have increased the commission you get to a 50%!, so that you get half of what your affiliates pay for Premium memberships.
And you get this commission for each and every payment your affiliates make. For life! This means that you can keep getting money from your affiliates many years after you referred them to us!
- Friendship Points: we have halved the amount of points you need to get a free Premium membership! You get a month of free Premium membership for just 250 Friendship Points!
This means that you only need to bring a handful of friends to our site to be Premium every month from the points they generate for you!
Now is the time to take advantage of these great conditions, and bring as many new people as you can. Please check our Affiliate Program for hints on how to attract new users and to make sure you get credited for them.
Let's all grow together now!
April 16, 2013: Anniversary Gifts!
We want you to stay with us for many years to come, and would like to reward your loyalty.
So we have decided to give you a little present as an anniversary gift for every year you stay registered on our site.
Every year, on the day you registered, you will receive an extra 15 days of Premium membership so that you can try again all our services without limitations.
For those of you who have been with us already for over a year: don't worry! You will be getting gifts for your previous anniversaries too! You'll get them one every day for each year you have been registered on the site.
Here's to hope that we will stay as a community for many more years with all of you! Thanks a lot!
April 7, 2013: Bad Traders, Beware!
At Miniature Trading we take trading very seriously and are committed to ensure the safest trading environment for everyone.
Therefore, in our fight against cheaters and scammers, we are now making public all the information we have about old bad traders, including their full names and addresses.
This has two main purposes:
- as a deterrent for future bad traders, to make them think twice before they try to rip anyone in this site, and
- as a preventive tool, so that you can check any addresses for a history of bad trading before sending your minatures there.
So, from now on, anyone who cheats in a trade on our site will face, not only expulsion and permanent ban from our community, but also having their private information posted for public shame so that everyone knows that they are dishonest.
We are confident that this measure will greatly increase the safety in all your transactions through our site.
Please let us know if you find this helpful.
March 18, 2013: Better management of your lists during trades
As soon as a trade gets accepted the miniatures you are expected to send should not be available for any other trades as they are already committed, and the miniatures you are going to receive should not be in your wants any more either. This prevents other people from getting matches for miniatures that are already committed to a trade and sending trade offers that are not really viable.
We are now managing your miniature lists in this way. Your lists get updated as soon as a Tracked Trade gets accepted, to prevent any confusions or double trades for the same miniature. And the lists get restored if the Trade expires before you send or receive.
We hope this will further improve the usefulness of our Tracked Trades system. Please let us know if you notice any issues.
March 8, 2013: Large Trade Displays
You can now store all the miniatures you offer for trade in a single display, without having to split them by sets. This way people can browse all your miniatures in one place the same way they would do if you would hand them your storage case when meeting in person. Though, of course, your display at Miniature Trading is visible to everyone around the world so that you can get more and better offers!
February 23, 2013: Uploading your lists made easier
When you need to add a lot of miniatures to your haves and wants, the option to upload a text file is very convenient, because it lets you upload as many items as you want in one single go. But generating the file with the data in the correct format can be a lot of work.
This is why we are offering now a utility that lets you download a template file correctly formatted that you can simply then update with the correct amounts and use to upload to the site. You just save the template in your computer, edit it with a text editor, and update the amounts for those miniatures that you want to add to your lists. The file is now ready for you to upload to the site so that the miniatures get added to your haves and/or wants.
Check it out and let us know if you like it.
We want to thank user emoss for suggesting this feature.
February 14, 2013: Search Haves and Wants
When other users' lists are very long, it is convenient to be able to filter them down to those figures that interest you. You can now do that with the new search form we have added to everybody's lists.
You can select from the miniatures a user has only those of a given rarity, for example, so that you can concentrate on those that may be of most interest for you. And you can do that with your own lists too, so it is much easier to make sure they are up to date and to explore your collection and your list of wanted miniatures.
We hope this will be of convenience for you all.