Want to post a sales list on the Web pages? Want to have potential buyers notified about the availability of specific insulators that you have for sale?
The Insulator Finder (for sellers) may be for you!
This is a simple service where you can post a for sale list by sending an email message to the Insulator Finder! A web page with your insulator for sale is automatically generated, and they are added into the Insulator Finder! database. All people who have registered their want list will be automatically sent email if your list contains any pieces they are looking for.
Simple. Follow these instructions at http://www.insulators.info/forsale/add/post/. Note: Lists sent via email as attachments will not longer be accepted! Within a day or two you will get an acknowledgement that your list has been received and the address of the web page with your list on it.
Since your sales list will be processed by a computer program, it is very important that it conform to a specific format. This format is not hard to generate however! You can use any word processor, spreadsheet, or even a simple text editor such as NotePad. You can download this sample sales list in either Microsoft Word format, or Microsoft Excel format. and should be compatible with all versions of Word. If the sample sales list is displayed in your browser, just use the menu item "File" "Save as..." and save it in the area you want. If you would like the sample in another format, please contact me!
Your list must be in a "table" format. Each row corresponds to one insulator, and each column contains one of the attributes about the insulator. Creating a table is easy if you use a word processor or a spreadsheet application.
If you use another method, such as NotePad, each column (or field) must be separated from the next with a single tab. Or many people find it convenient to use a vertical bar | to separate the columns. You can put spaces around the vertical bar for human readability.
Note: Some columns are required, and others are not. If you include a column, please use the heading that is listed below. Do not create your own headings!
Your sales list must contain at least the following columns of information. The order of the columns is not important, although you will find it easier to follow the order below.
It is recommended that these columns are included. If they are, you do not have to have data for each insulator in every column. None of these columns affect the searching and matching that the Insulator Finder! does. However, the additional information provided is reported by the Insulator Finder! and also included on the automatically generated Web page.
These columns are completely optional. If you include them, you do not have to have data for each insulator in every column. None of these columns affect the searching and matching that the Insulator Finder! does. However, the additional information provided is reported by the Insulator Finder! and also included on the automatically generated Web page.
|122||Hemi||030||Nice 50/50 color separation; front clear, rear blue!||Clear/Blue two tone||3 1/8" BB pings on left front wire ridge, 3/8" flake on underside of wire ridge on the rear||100||H1530|
|162||Hemi||090||7-up Green||rear ridge ding, about 1/8" deep 3/8" rear ISC||105||H1|
|162||Hemi||130||7-up Green||dome ding and BB, TINY inner skirt flake 1/8" x 1/16", tiny 1/8" x 1/16" skirt flake at left ML||125||H4|
|162||Hemi||100||SMOOTH BASE!||Aqua||BB ping, very minor IS flaking||9||H1725|
|164||Hemi||050||SMOOTH BASE!||Ice blue||a few pings and a little scuff on the rear||15||H1726|
In addition to your sales list, in the format described above, you need provide information about yourself. This is done with a few keywords that you provide in the file before the contents of the list. Please provide all this information so the buyer has enough information to contact you by email, phone, or snail mail! Use the keywords exactly as spelt below. Do not create new ones or abbreviate these!
Name: John Q. Public
Address1: 154 Hemingray Lane
Address2: Muncie, IN 54321
Phone: (800) 555-1212; Call before 10pm EST!
Title: Rare Hemingray Insulators
Information: I generally ship UPS, and the buyer pays the actual shipping cost. Payment is due when the insulators are received. Seven day return privilege it you are not satisfied, but please call before returning the insulators.
There are two ways to mark your insulators sold to the "Insulator Finder". Both ways involve modifying your original list, and posting it at http://www.insulators.info/forsale/add/post just like you were posting a new list. Please do not ask me to "mark pieces x, y, and z on my list as sold". The "Insulator Finder!" is a computer program, not a human! You can use either method below, the choice is yours!
The first method is simply to delete the lines with the insulators that you have sold, and send the list back to the Insulator Finder. Your list on the Insulators for Sale page will now only list those items.
The second method actually marks the insulators on the Insulators
for Sale page as "sold". A number of sellers and buyers find this
more desirable, because they can see what you had for sale, and how much it sold
for. "Sold" insulators are marked with a
icon, and the price is crossed out like this:
$15. Again, to
indicate that pieces have sold, you post the full list to the "Insulator
Finder" at http://www.insulators.info/forsale/add/post,
but you make one of two modifications. If you included a Stock
number column, simply replace the stock number with the word Sold (any
combination of upper and lower case will do). Or, if you did not include a stock
number column, replace the price in the Price column with
the word Sold. At some point, when you are making another update, you may
wish to actually delete the insulators that are sold, because your list can
become very hard to read when 80% of the insulators are all marked
! Use your own judgment here.
There is really only one reason to mark your insulators that have sold, and that is only if you are getting a number of email messages or phone calls requesting pieces from your list that have already been sold. If you have only sold a few insulators, and/or you have not had repeated called for some of the insulators you have sold, there is no reason to update your list. If you do feel that your list should be updated, use one of the the procedures listed above to mark your insulators as sold, and send the Insulator Finder! your updated list. Please, do not sent an updated list more than once a week. Likewise, don't feel you have to send updates weekly either! This is still not a 100% fully automatic process!
Please address any questions about the want list format, comments or suggestions about this facility to .
Don't be overwhelmed by the apparent complexity of the format of the sales list. It really isn't that bad! I'm more than willing to help you format your list for posting. Just ask me!
Remember to check the sample Microsoft Word template too!
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Last updated Tuesday, November 25, 2008