Dashboard Improvement: Lowest Price Indicator

May 27th 2019 Feature

tl;dr: You can now see if an item you're selling is priced higher than what others are selling it for. You can also now see the lowest price an item is being sold for in the Set Price dialog.

 

We're releasing a change to the seller dashboard today that will improve your selling experience and ease the burden of selling large amounts of items at once.

 

If an item you're selling is priced higher than others are selling it for, you will now see an alert icon next to the item's price informing you of this discrepancy. Opening the Set Price menu will display the lowest price the item is selling for on Marketplace.tf, allowing you to price yours to match if you like.

 

Why

We've been hesitant to provide this information due to concerns about scripting and automation (you can read our stance on that here). Scripts that automatically undercut legitimate sellers who are pricing their items manually harm our platform and are strictly against the rules and will result in the permanent ban of an account.

However, these bad actors cannot outweigh the positive Quality-of-Life improvements that legitimate sellers would benefit from. Withholding information that is genuinely useful to good-faith sellers in an attempt to thwart bad-faith sellers is something that must be done very sparingly, and in this instance, we feel the benefits of providing this information outweigh the risks.

However, this does not change our stance on the use of scripts to automate the pricing of items on Marketplace.tf. Additionally, we are actively investigating solutions that would neutralize the necessity and effectiveness of such scripts, to the benefit of all. 

Comments
1559578788
i've been wanting this for a while. yay
1559183593
Nice
1559068725
Neat.
1559048997
You can see buy orders, so I don't see how it is a bad idea, also encourages people to match since it's automatic. I like it.
1559020701
Am I the only one to see this feature as a "not so good" idea? People won't try to undercut others more? Or could be used as traps for dropping large amounts of items 1 cent above buy orders...
1559012878
Thank God for MP.tf improvements... You don't know how much time each day this will save me :D I <3 U
1559008634
I had been wanting this feature, but was afraid to ask for it because the undercutting and constant price dives on some items is already bad enough. By not having it, people who manually check have an advantage, i.e., more work = more pay, but with this feature, well, it will be interesting to see what happens to profit margins. One idea I had, which I may have already posted on discord, was to have daily limits on item price changes, so people can't change multiple times per day and prevent fast diving spirals. Stock markets have dive protections too, so it might be worth exploring.
Mark:
1559007016
Really like this feature. Next step would be to get rid of the 1 cent outbidders
1559002624
If all changes could be optional settings instead of forced on that would be great
1558996627
this is an amazing change
1558992971
Now, can we disable the almost useless notificaiton? I don't care what other people are selling at and all that notification does is slow me down when i'm scanning thru my items.
YES. BAN'EM FOR SCRIPTS.
1558988923
People already do undercut wars, so this only lets people know someone's starting one as far as I see. Only problem I currently have is that the alert doesn't account for paints quite yet - fair enough, but may be nice to have in the future.
L3:
1558988671
Hopefully that won't drop prices again and again, otherwise this will be very useful thanks
1558988220
and now everyone will keep dropping the price over and over
1558986860
Eheheheh, excellent...
1558986689
Thanks so much. This will save me a ton of time.
1558986476
great