When music marketplace Discogs announced their new Gearogs database, I pondered why they would do such a thing. Knowing how much resource a simple database takes to set and maintain, let alone opening it up to the public and policing the potential torrent of incorrect information and pure spam, I did wonder what the real reason was for setting up such a thing. Like the dreaded exposure, altruism doesn’t pay the bills. And now the reason has become apparent — Gearogs now has a marketplace attached, officially making it the Discogs of gear, which was probably the plan all along.
As to the bottom line — the seller FAQ shows an 8% fee up to maximum of $300. And although the eBay listing price menu is complex, this is somewhat cheaper than eBay which is 10% up to a maximum of $750.
Given the centralised nature, it should be easier to find that specialised piece of gear in one place. Sadly, no Vestax VRX-2000 vinyl cutter seller listings just yet, as that would require a Vestax VRX-2000 to be in the database. But I imagine that there will be a glut of more popular items for sale, but my hope is that harder to get items will get listed here too. I also hope that it becomes more of a community private sale thing than just another place for stores to pimp their new and old stock.