Last year, in an effort to improve the capability of our forums, we switched to new software. We expected tremendous scalability and rapid customization that would significantly improve each Member's experience across multiple devices and integrate flawlessly with social media platforms.
Unfortunately, after a significant capital expense, we have decided that the length of time and the additional cost to reach our goals make this enterprise untenable.
Thus, we have made the difficult decision to transition the forums to our original software platform. We’re excited that, in the nearly two years since we began the process of our most recent switch, our original platform has been upgraded significantly, and we are confident that the reversion will not only provide the stability that we desperately needed prior to our last move but will also return to the Membership the high level of customization that made our online community so great. We have also added technical resources to the GolfWRX staff that will allow us to build custom modules and modifications that we are confident will take the forums to the next level.
We remain the world's largest online golf community, and we still hold true to our core values and mission statement as written in 2005. Bearing both of those elements in mind, being the best and offering our Members a platform that is world-class are both requirements, not options, and it is that spirit that has motivated this decision.
So, please pardon our mess over the next five days or so while we transition the forums.
A few important notes: Current content will be accessible during that time, but the forums will be READ ONLY, and you will not be able to start new threads or reply to posts. Personal Messaging is enabled but PMs sent/received from the time the board was frozen will not carry over. We know this is inconvenient, and we apologize, and we greatly appreciate GolfWRXers bearing with us through the transition.
We are very excited about starting this next chapter for GolfWRX and getting back to the high-quality Member experience we all expect as soon as possible.
Ebay Shady Bidder Alert - Quickshipgolf
I've noticed for a while that anytime you search for a particular item you'll see low priced options with a lot of bids that just so happens to get bid up successfully, and it's always that way with this seller. Obviously pricing low is a legit tactic, but not when it's manipulated. I got firsthand experience with it bidding on a putter. In the end, the price was still pretty attractive, despite the grip being misrepresented as Winn and clearly only a Winn end cap was put on a different grip. There was no headcover either, so it wasn't a smoking deal. You can also see a legitimate buyer wound up with it in the end, but the price was clearly bid up by related bidders. Please see below for the bidding history on the item, and some of the bidders' own histories. The way Ebay anonymizes usernames makes it a little wonky to follow, but the feedback scores link them. Look at the 100% bidder-buyer relationships over dozens of items, bidders with zero feedback, etc. Keep in mind these are actual bids vs automatic bids. The person who brought it up to my initial max $100 range was manually making bids, inching up to find where I'd still have the high bid but without entering an automatic bid threshold of their own They could tell when they hit my max because their $99.20 bid was replaced by my $100 despite the $2.50 bidding increment. They then walked away and never made another attempt.
I don't think this is a huge surprise to people who follow the marketplace, but when I dug into it it became clear that there's no way it was a coincidence. I notified Ebay but I can't imagine they'll do anything to a seller who generates that level of fees for them. If I'm not allowed to start this conversation mods please let me know, but I'm providing strong evidence and not simply lobbing an accusation.