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Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Nemos Janitor, 17 Sep 2014.

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Is it time for a MASA industry MAP

  1. I would like a MAP indicating all posibilites to procurement

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  2. I would like a MAP indicating all LFS

    16 vote(s)
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  3. I would like a MAP indicating only sponsors

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  1. Nemos Janitor

    Nemos Janitor

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    This seems to be a HOT issue. Reefers trying to find an avenue to quality or budget or hi end products have very little reference on this forum. Most resort to Google, or rely on feedback/recommendations. We can have a MAP/Directory of all fishy sources for our tanks from SA entities.
     
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    Problem would be to maintain it. Prices change, as our Rand drops and drops everytime there is another strike or whatever else our country seems to be good at to undermine ourselves.

    Plus items gets discontinued or added to the lineups.

    Cool idea, but price ranges instead of exact prices would be better.

    I tried it on LED units available. Not that easy to compile a list, and to maintain it either. Getting prices from certain units is another issue as there are units brought in by individuals that is not sponsors, sell via sponsors or have a website with pricing.
    List of LED units - Marine Aquariums South Africa

    And check how many of those units are now discontinued, or replaced with a newer model.
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    There is a thread where to find stuff. Used for this purpose
     
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    Nemos Janitor Thread Starter

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    This is the gist of what I have in mind. Please understand that all this information is common cause. In other words publicly published either via a web site, face book or other means. All I am doing is putting it in an easily accessible place.

    What will the impact be of such a database/map?

    Wholesalers will get a data base of all the LFS in the country.
    LFS will get a data base of all the suppliers in the country.
    Reefers will find out all the LFS and other industry suppliers in the country.
    Garage/back yard entities will have an avenue to get their name out there.
    Members will find out who is operating from their back yards.
    Members can advertise that they frag.
    Members can find out who they can swap/buy frags from.

    Ok lets pick one.

    Marltons

    Area= KZN
    Business type= Wholesaler
    Registered business= Yes
    Type of services= Dry goods

    Contact details.
    Unit 6-10, Ninian and Lester Industrial Park, 33 Richmond Road
    Alexander Park/Westmead
    Pinetown, 3610
    South Africa

    Tel: (031) 468 5372
    Fax: (031) 468 5380
    Mail:
    Web : Home
    Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/MarltonsPetProducts
    Map: 302 Moved
     
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    RiaanP Moderator

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    who will maintain it?
    Just that, could be a full time job.
    With frequent follow up to see if whoever is still operating.
    Even if you allow people to self add them to the database, at some point you need to do a clean up.
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Legally registered businesses or any old garage shop?
     
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    Nemos Janitor Thread Starter

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    I think all. :m79: why not?

    Many of us started out small and progressed.
    I will start with all the registered businesses I know. Once that is reasonably comprehensive then the garage/ back yard guys can submit their details for addition and the members can submit their details should they want to be included.

    If the MASA platform is not capable of handling such a database then I will look at another platform that can be linked to MASA. That,of course is if MASA want to be part of it. I sure hope the do.

    I am going to play around with google maps, and other database type programs and see what is available.
     
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    Nemos Janitor Thread Starter

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    Ok I found this old map that was very nicely done by woulter. Pity it was not kept up to date.

    I am going to do something similar. But I am going to include all and sundry.

    Sponsor Map
     
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    There are no issues with a garage shop, i would take advice from some garage shops over some of the things i have heard come out some of the sponsors mouths any day!! If a business supplies Good quality high end corals and equipment then i see no problem with them being listed (essentially thats what the forum is for) Yes if consumers constantly complain or the shop rips customers off then he should be removed but other than that i agree with NJ:m106:
     
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    Nemos Janitor Thread Starter

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    WOW, the Work In Progress map is expanding. Becoming an international thing for SA industry. Most importantly for the aquariust and member of this forum.

    Individuals and entities, please submit lists of institutions and business that can be included in the map.
    Please use PM for download options.
    Opening the WIP provisional "Aquarium Industry" map for comment till Wednesday. This is a prototype and will change on many fronts.


    Moved Temporarily

    looking at options

    Working, continuously looking for,and researching and updating, so check back as the MAP grows.

    This map will have no boundaries. World wide. Totally open to all. For all. :m79:
     
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    Nemos Janitor Thread Starter

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    WOW this list is exploding. Getting lists from all over the country and from countries and entities from abroad. Thankyou for the submissions all. Going to take a few days to include all. This is exciting for the industry.:thumbup:
     
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    First off call of the map?

    second...

    Is it only the sly sleeky's that are afraid to comment? :whistling: No
     
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    Nemos Janitor Thread Starter

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    Rats bums. Even the dark sides tongues were seise:kangakiller:.

    Speak toothless ones. Ok i understand :m40:
     
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    I like it, simple and functional. Could only open it now but I like what I see. Thanks for taking the time.
     
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    Nemos Janitor Thread Starter

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    Doing lots of work on this. Still collecting data, so not the final product by any means.
     
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    irie ivan MASA Contributor

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    Awesome idea, will it include places like Mazeys for perspex and acrylic, or lamphouse for globes..?
    Again, awesome idea!
     
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    Irie_ivan, maizeys in edenvale is on there, so I would imagine other branches would follow once NJ has had time to further populate the list.
     
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    What started out as a "SA MAP" idea has grown into a international thing. We, Paul and myself, will soon be launching "WAID". It will be a FREE Map/Directory for all reefers and referral for anything Aquatic.

    As MASA has been my forum of choice over my many years of forum interaction, it is only fitting to leak the directory first here.

    We will have a forum page/section that all forums will be able to subscribe to for free.

    The site is under fast development and new sections are opened every few days.

    More on that from Paul midweek. In the mean time, Check out what MASA has inspired.... and watch your aqua tool to information multiply.

    World Aquatic Industry
     
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    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Is the site running yet?
    I get the map that's full of numbers and pics but when I try and click to zoom in it just hangs?
    I cleared cache, cookies, etc but problem persists?
     
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    Mine is working. Am I aloud sharing the website?
     
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