I think some of the problem is that the new Audiogon system is still lagging behind posting pictures to ads.
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I tried several times to post pictures with my ad; always got an error notice; never use to have this problem. I finally added a reference to an ad on another site for the same item where I had no trouble posting the pictures. My ad is expiring; I don't know if I want to renew it if I can't post pictures as I agree about their value.
I'm sorry that fellow audio goners are having trouble downloading pictures. I would encourage you take a tutorial on the basics. I have been a member for many years and the new website was a change. We are all creatures of habit, but we must challenge ourselves and put our focus on learning and open our minds. Please don't assume that this valuable website has thrown us under the bus. It is still the most awesome website for us enthusiates. Love the GON!
If I am comfortable with the seller and I know the product I couldn't care less whether or not there is a picture. Most of the pictures don't reveal the flaws anyway and sellers can con you if that's what they want to do. I received two items in the last year that were really bad even though the pictures looked fine. Fortunately the sellers were willing to take the equipment back and refund my money, but it cost me shipping. A pair of speakers cost me $100 in shipping just to find out they were beat to crap. The next speakers I bought were new. I decided I like new stuff.
A picture may be helpful, but not always. I've seen a number of pictures of electronics showing the face plate only, recessed in an equipment rack and taken in dim light. Pictures of the back of electronics can be more helpful, if they verify the seller's description of the model or upgrade version and the country for which the unit was produced.
I agree with Rrog that pictures aren't very helpful in disclosing small blemishes. I'd rather see a detailed list of nicks, scratches, rubbed lettering and other blems.
More important than what they allow you to see, good pictures indicate a level of seller conscientiousness and care that are reassuring.
Glad I'm not alone. I've had problems with posting pics as well. I've had numerous ads where the pictures did post and then disappeared and some ads where the pics would not post at all. I had included my email address so folks could contact me for pics but recently was told if I did not remove it my ads would be deleted.
To the poster above suggesting it's user error, not the case here. The issues folks have go way beyond adjusting to change. Much of the marketplace is just not functional.
I no longer post here regularly due to the excessive moderation that has been implemented and doubt this one will ever see the light of day. It's been months now since this mess started and I'm still really troubled by the loss of community.
I hated it at first, but I kept logging on to see if it had improved. I got used to the changes and eventually listed an item. I believe in pictures also and was worried about listing but I had no problems. The picture downloaded from my documents just as it did with the old site. That was the reason for my posting. The more you navigate the GON you will pick up on little things. For instance I was upset that the zip code when clicked on didn't tell you where and what city. Now I see it is listed at the top of the page. Just discovered that the other day. Trying to stay positive!