Help Translate Marketplace.tf

January 22nd 2019

Bonjour! Marketplace.tf is broadening its horizons. We want to speak your language, and you can help!

 

Marketplace Translation Service

Launching soon is the Marketplace Translation Service, a central location where anyone can help contribute translate Marketplace.tf into multiple other languages.

In the beginning, we'll be launching with three languagesSpanish, French, and German. We've chosen these languages due to their prominence in our userbase and their relative similarity to English. This is just the start; we'll support many, many more languages in the future!

 

If you'd like to participate in the beta as a translator for any of the three languages, please join our Discord Server and leave a message in the #beta-signup channel. We ask that translators meet the following criteria:

  • Fluent in English and the language(s) you are translating into
  • Capable of producing translations that meet the tone of and convey the same messages as the source text.

 

Additionally, we are looking for language administrators for each of the languages we seek to support. We are looking for a small amount of hand-picked individuals who will review submitted translations and approve or deny them. Compensation is provided on a per-translation basis. If you are fluent in and excel at both English and one of the supported languages, please join our Discord server and speak with us. 

Undercutting Prevention

January 17th 2019

"Undercutting" is the process of pricing your item a meaningless amount -- say, $0.01 -- below the current lowest price on an item, which causes your item to be displayed and added to a user's cart first. While this is not against the rules, and we do not have a problem with competition amongst sellers, this is the wrong kind of competition.

This sort of "competition" is centered around pleasing the Marketplace.tf service, not customers. A $0.01 difference is all that is needed to prioritize an item for the code, but to a customer a single penny is likely negligible. This is not meaningful or healthy competition; this actively degrades our service.

Round-Robin

Before we continue, a quick note on our current round-robin sales system. This system ensures that, within the scope of a single order, as many possible sellers are represented.

For example, let's say someone buys 10 of item X at $5.00, and there are 4 sellers providing this item at that price point. Each seller is guaranteed to sell two items in such a scenario, and two sellers will sell 1 additional item each.

Matching the current lowest price ensures you have an equal chance to sell an item as every other seller.

 

Undercutting Prevention

Back to undercutting, we've made a simple change to pricing items. Now, if you attempt to price an item below the current lowest price offered by other sellers, your new price must be 1% (or $5, whichever is lower) lower than the other price. (However, you can match their price just fine). 

This does not apply to items priced below $2.50.

For example, if you're selling item Y at $55.00 and someone else wants to undercut you, they'll need to price their item at $54.45 or lower (or $55.00 or higher). 

 

This change ensures that if someone undercuts your price, it's because they've offered a meaningful price decrease to customers, as opposed to because they made a negligible change that nobody cares about.

Site Update 1/16: Fabricator Support

January 16th 2019

Today's site update makes the following changes.

  • Fabricators are now supported. They will now display and be categorized properly.
    • Existing fabricators must be withdrawn and re-deposited to take effect.
    • All you fabricatorheads out there can expect a neato Marketplace update coming soon!
  • "View on Backpack.tf" links will now display for any item above $10, as well as unusuals.

Dueling Mini-Games

January 14th 2019

We've made a change to the way we handle dueling mini-games. Previously, dueling mini-games with any amount of uses left would all be listed together with no way to determine how many uses are left.

Now, only dueling mini-games with the full 5 uses may be listed on Marketplace.tf. All other dueling mini-games may not be listed.

Additionally, we've refunded every dueling mini-game ever purchased -- totaling 104,968 mini-games with a combined value of $2,783.50 -- to the purchaser's store credit balance.

FIDO U2F Security Key support

January 9th 2019

Marketplace.tf now supports all security keys that implement the FIDO U2F standard (examples: Titan Security Key by Google, YubiKey).

With a Security Key registered to your account, it will act as an additional two-factor authentication device. When logging in or authorizing an account action, you will be asked to either provide a traditional code from your phone, or use a security key.

Security Keys are the most convenient and safest ways to secure your Marketplace.tf account. 

Click here to set up two-factor authentication or add a security key to your account.