Messages, Shop Personalization, and Performance Improvements

Today's a big day for Marketplace.tf! We've got some great new features to share with you, and a revamped server infrastructure to make using those features more convenient than ever. Let's get to it.

Messages

Messages are here! Now you can communicate with other users on Marketplace.tf through a simple messaging system. Want to make an offer on an item? Simply send the seller a message and work it out. That's not all you can use messages for, of course; the entire breadth of human communication is at your fingertips. We literally invented this concept!

Shop Personalization

Now you can customize your shop with a title and message that's displayed to all your shop visitors. Feel free to share information on what items you're stocking soon, or good deals currently available. Plus, there's a handy button that allows your shop visitors to message you, helping you keep in touch with your customers.

Performance Improvements

Let's be honest: Marketplace.tf hasn't been a very fast website. Pages simply took too long to load. So, naturally, we fixed it. We've painstakingly redone our entire server infrastructure, massively boosting performance. Pages should much faster; 2-5 times as fast, according to our measurements.

 

We hope these new additions and improvements greatly benefit your experience. Enjoy!

Upcoming Changes to Inventory Management

Within the next few days, we will be changing how we manage our storage bots' inventories and ensure everyone has space to deposit the items they wish to sell. 

You may have noticed that attempting to deposit items has failed for the past few days. This is because our bots have been, effectively, bogged down with mass amounts of nearly-unsellable items. For instance, there are currently 5,640 Mann Co. Supply Munition Crate #92 deposited on our bots (and over 1,000 of these are not even priced and thus are not for sale). This item sells, on average, less than 1 per day at $0.01 per item, yet there are thousands in stock over hundreds of sellers. Simply put, the chance of selling one of these items as a seller is statistically insignificant. This is only a single item; there are many similar items in a similar situation. 

To combat this, we will be instituting stock limits for certain items, such as the above crate. These limits will only be placed on items that are in a similar situation (very high stock with very low sales). This change should not negatively affect your seller experience, given that the likelihood of actually selling any of these items is astronomically low.

After this change has been made, we will be adding more storage bots, which will increase our storage capacity by about 50%. 

We apologize for any inconvenience.

TF2 Outpost integration now available

Sometimes, you want to list your items on Marketplace.tf, but want to accept item offers as well. Before today, there wasn't a great solution to that problem. That changes now: TF2 Outpost integration is now available! Starting today, you can now create a TF2 Outpost trade advertising your Marketplace.tf listings.

List your items on TF2 Outpost

To create a TF2 Outpost trade advertising your Marketplace.tf listings, simply visit the trade creation page on Outpost. Once there, select your Marketplace.tf inventory like so:

Outpost will automatically fetch your listed items and their associated prices. Add them to your trade, and select the items you'd like in return. Once your trade is live, anyone can click a link and purchase the item from you off of Marketplace.tf, or they can offer items in exchange.

In addition, TF2 Outpost will automatically display Marketplace.tf listings in search results.

We hope you make great use of this integration. Enjoy!

Introducing Buy Orders

Today we're launching buy orders, which will allow you to automatically purchase items at a price you set. 

Creating a Buy Order

To create a buy order, simply visit an item's detail page and click "Place Buy Order". Fill in the amount of items you'd like to buy, and the maximum price you'll pay for them. Confirm your buy order, and you're cooking with gas. If you'd like to view the status of, or cancel, your buy orders, you can do so by clicking "Buy Orders" in your user navigation menu.

Paying

Buy Orders are paid for through Marketplace.tf Store Credit. This comes in two forms: wallet funds and seller credit. Wallet funds can be purchased directly from Marketplace.tf, while seller credit can be obtained by selling your items to others. You can use either, or both, to pay for your buy orders. Your credits are not deducted when the buy order is created; only when your buy order is fulfilled.

You will be automatically prompted to purchase the necessary wallet funds if you do not have sufficient funds when you create your buy order.

Enjoy!

 

Detailed Item Information is now available

We're making a change to the way you view information about items. Previously, there was no way to see detailed information about an item, such as attached strange parts or halloween effects. That changes today!

Simply hover over any item in the item list and it'll display any relevant information about that particular item. Don't want to have to hover over every single item? Don't worry! If an item has any valuable attributes (such as strange parts or halloween effects), we'll display an alert icon to the left of its name, letting you know which items to check.

Enjoy!