Just so you all know it does in fact work. Posts have been appearing and disappearing, so things are getting sold. I managed to sell some netbook parts, so people will buy anything if it is priced right.
Well lately I've been working on a system to ban the IPs of scammers, and ironing out a few bugs in the process. After that I plan on working out a way to have little country flags next to the posts, corresponding to the poster's logged IP.
Ah, but random things sold at random prices means random amounts of money in your pocket to buy new random things of your choice. And if those sold random things are larger than the new random things, you just freed a random amount of space in your home. Lord knows I need to...
The key was to have the locations set by IP, and thus have them at predefined values which could then be searched. By clicking on either country or region when you view a post, you see all the other posts in that location. Now when the site becomes popular, I can simply put country flags up in the corner that people could click on for easy locationifying.
1) The black background with gray text is really painful. I think the site would look more "trustworthy" and "professional" if you went with a standard light (white) background, and normal font colour. Easier on the eyes too. The black may deter some people from engaging in commerce on your site, since it's a much more "underground" look. (cool - but again, not so much for a site of this nature)
2) I couldn't actually find any "sort by region" option, or any sort of drop-down to let me pick my country. It's cool that you can click on a flag and then it sorts by that flag, but that means you have to first find an item listed in your country, just so that you can find your flag to click on. A drop-down listing the countries you can choose from would be ideal.
3) The "Next" page buttons, as well as pages for 2, 3, and 4 seem to always be present, even if there isn't a 2nd, 3rd, 4th page. Clicking on "Next" when there isn't a next page takes me to a listing called "Free", with a broken image.
4) This isn't a critique, more of... something that made my morning! From one of the descriptions of old coins:
"Anyone after really ancient coins for shrinking?
These are ideal, some date from the 1900's."
I love it! 12 years ago (1999) is now ancient! Makes me feel... well, ancient