I do not like this new look at all, the last incarnation was much easier to use...
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Great news, classic view. Thank you!
We all know change can be a good thing but the new format is not easy on the eyes way too busy confusing.
The round peephole is a tease nothing more than an up sell and frankly I find it insulting. Please have more respect for your buyers and sellers.
I suggest you remove the peephole altogether. A small extra fee for a picture with listing seems fair.
Just my opinions, but I think with the old layout they were getting pretty good traffics that din’t translate into higher profit or sales.
With this new layout they are discouraging casual browsing that takes up bandwidth and instead only make those ads that pays premium prices to stand out more.
I was one of those casual browser with the old layout, needless to say I wont be doing much with the new layout.
Hi folks. I feel much the same way as the posters who have negative views about the new changes. I expressed them directly to Audiogon, and they are working on having a "classic" option, and the ability to do searches based on price (highest to lowest), which I found most helpful.
I am not defending changes made without asking our permission, but these are pretty nice folks, and it's a tiny company. I would give them the benefit of the doubt for the next 3 or 4 days and then I think you'll find that everything settles down.
I thought I was the grumpiest audiophile by e-mailing privately. Looks like I am a peach compared to some of you grumpsters.
I have a Simaudio LP 5.3 for sale on here. If I type Simaudio in search and hit enter it doesn't even show up in the listings. I have to type 'Simaudio' and then select Simaudio under 'Brand' for it show up. I wonder how it works for more popular brands that have a lot more listings?
As others have said - they are trying to monetize the site but what they did was sign it's death warrant.
I feel really sorry for ANYBODY who has any items for sale here right now that were current when this change occurred.
I decided to abandon my negativity and see if I could actually find an item I was looking for.
The answer was yes but in normal mode I would have found it a lot sooner and tbh as a casual visitor I would have given up long before I found it under this new method.
I requested a refund for my listing costs due to this change and was refused so I just cancelled my listings and moved them to USA Audiomart where they will stay until they fix this mess.
The search function needs to be fixed, asap.
I try to search for a brand and come up with only 8 results and a bunch of allegedly related "similar results" underneath.
I'm glad to see people aren't pleased and posting about it.
It's a mess. The pictures of the listings are distracting and uninformative.
I can't imagine who in their right mind thought this layout was good.
From their reply to me earlier today I would honestly say that they are NOT getting the message.
And I do not see any of the replies or comments here as panic, more like disgust and angst.
Put yourself in the shoes of a potential seller here who may have paid MANY dollars for a listing to then see this AND to hear potential buyers are leaving in droves.
That is the real issue this site now faces......
to hear potential buyers are leaving in drovesEven though I was making a music-reference joke, that statement is an example of panic. Do you have evidence that buyers are in fact leaving "in droves" or is it just the responses of the posters here, who probably make up a fairly small percentage of potential buyers that visit this site.
Don't misunderstand, I too believe the changes are ill-conceived, poorly implemented, and anything but user-friendly, but I suspect Audiogon will listen, improve the situation, and carry-on as they have done for over 20 years. Every time they change stuff, there is always a lot of posturing and people saying "I'm leaving" but few ever do.
However, I will say this is the largest collective disgruntlement I have ever seen here, about anything. So they do need to listen-up.
No proof obviously but if you take the percentile of those who have bothered to post here ( and lets face it, pretty unanimous) then I would say its a very good guess.
Nothing gets people agitated nowadays like money, and for some who may have paid serious listing fees for higher priced items, this is bad news.
But here is an example, I placed an item for sale on USA audiomart yesterday morning. It sold in the evening to a buyer who was a first time visitor after reading this thread.
And that is the truth and maybe an isolated example but a bit of a coincidence don't you think.
I say we stop buying for next little bit and see if they go back!Easy for me, since I don't need anything, but I do have a few things I was planning to sell - and will probably now wait.
I agree with you that US Audio Mart has improved considerably and certainly offers legitimate competition for used audio gear listings and sales. To roll out the changes seen here just prior to 4th of July weekend is the business equivalent to shooting yourself in the foot.
Part of my email response to Audiogon read...
"If you can introduce a 100% classic view by tomorrow you might get most of the Audiogon user base to come back. Here's the kicker... Classic View needs to be default and this new screwed up view needs to be the OPTION and not the other way around. By having the classic view be the OPTION and not the other way around that's basically saying "We heard you community but we don't give a flying f*ck about your preference"."
Passing along your comments to the Powers to be.
Trust me, we are working on getting things back to normal."
Hopefully this is a good sign that all of our protest is not falling on deaf ears and that we'll be back to normal soon. Let's all cross our fingers and hope for the best.
Classic View needs to be default and this new screwed up view needs to be the OPTIONGood idea not sam, you should apply for Chief Operating Officer.
In all seriousness, if they take not sam's advice, and if they share the user names of those who prefer the "new screwed up view" OPTION, then at least we will know who the weirdos are.....
The powers that be are very lucky to have rolled out this new format during a holiday week since there is very low traffic on the site. The forum has few new posts and consists mostly of talk about the unusable classifieds.
But for the dedicated members, the damage has been done even after the site is corrected.
USaudiomart is just an ugly, ugly site from an aesthetic standpoint..... BUT it is now much easier to find items than Audiogon. I honestly hope that the powers that be on Audiogon change it back soon. I have no idea what would be taking so long.
Also, I was a member a long time ago, lost all my login information and had to start a new account. I browse this site almost daily and this is the first time I have felt the need to visit the forum to post my displeasure with the new layout.
The new style is useless. You cannot determine what the images are trying to show in the thumbnails (with the strange "portal view" cutting off most of the image).
The results have nothing to do with what you search for. I did a couple of searches and simply closed the windows. Useless and a waste of time.