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**READ BEFORE POSTING!** Guidelines for Sale/Trade/Wants Board

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In order to be a fair and safe community for trades and sales to take place, we would like to bring out some new guidelines. Most of them are common sense, but it’s becoming apparent that said common sense is sometimes left outside the forums. Please do read these rules and take them on board; ignorance is no excuse for failing to heed them.

Posting a thread
So you want to buy something, or sell something? Please title the thread appropriately giving as much detail where possible. In the thread if possible, list prices you are selling at, or will pay for items if wanted. It helps anyone else out to know what ranges are on offer.

Here are some common abbreviations that people often use in their topics and posts. You may want to use these to let people know if you are buying or selling an item, for example.

WTB = Wanting To Buy
WTT/WTTF = Wanting To Trade/Wanting To Trade For
FS = For Sale
FT = For Trade

Ebay Threads
We have an offical what are you selling on ebay thread, please put your ebay listings in this thread. http://boards.vinylcollective.com/topic/89515-official-this-is-what-i-am-selling-on-ebay-thread-v-25/

Courtesy
In courtesy to others, if you have multiple items you want to sell or are looking for please post them in one thread. The more unnecessary threads you create shuffle other members’ posts off the front page. Also, to conserve space, mods may combine topics at their discretion.

Bumping
If you absolutely must bump your topic, please ONLY do so after a period of 24 hours since your last bump was made. If you have new information to add, please add it at the time of a bump.

References
If it’s your first time selling and you are new to our forums, please provide some feedback or references you have, such as eBay, Dead Format, Etc, You’ll find more people will be willing to deal with you in general. There has been an increase in people not following through with deals recently.

As always, CAVEAT EMPTOR.

(that's BUYER BEWARE btw)

Disputes
Unless there is genuine proof that a user is duping/scamming multiple other members, moderators and admin should not be involved in personal qualms, disputes or arguments regarding any trade or sale on these forums.

Any payment issues should be taken up with Paypal or whatever was used for that half of the deal. Please allow people time enough to complete transactions before complaining about where your goods are. Which brings us to...

Communication
Please check your PMs (personal messages) regularly. Buyers and traders start to get antsy when their messages aren't answered. We understand that real life problems can sometimes get in the way, but it only takes a second to send a message saying you got their PM/email/payment etc. and their package will be sent later/soon. If you are doing potentially large deals, please turn on the PM notification so you get a note in your email box.

Sale spoiling
Please do not march into a thread and state that you can get an item for $X on eBay or some other online store. Or that you're selling the same item for less. If you think their price may be too high, don't be rude about it. If others feel the same way, then it won't sell. This is a hobby where each person gives an item a different monetary worth. While it's fine to look out for others, people should also do research into the item they are buying. also, if a buyer offers a price that you consider to be too low a price for an item, please politely decline it, or give them a ball park figure you're thinking around.

Similarly, if you want an item that someone else is also asking for, it is better etiquette that you create your own topic with your contact information, trade list, or the price you're willing to pay.

Staying on topic
Please limit your topics to BUYING, SELLING and TRADING items only. Asking questions of an item's worth, or what is a good price for an item does not really belong here. There are sites such as http://www.popsike.com that can give you a ballpark of an item's worth.


No "Junior Modding"
If you're dealing with someone in a thread, a helpful hint here and there is fine. But if you have no business in the thread, then you consequently have no business publicly notifying others of the rules in said thread. On the other hand, feel free to PM any of the mods here if you think something has slipped through the cracks of our attention.

 

Raffles
Under no circumstances will we allow users to host or conduct raffles on the boards. Users should note that all raffles will be locked/deleted, thereby limiting your contact with said 'host'. In other words; raffles are against the rules, don't give your money away. Posting an external link to a raffle hosted by a reputable website or charity may be tolerable given the context appears legitimate. This will be at the discretion of the staff.

 

Fraud And Scams

For information regarding scams or to report potential fraudulent sellers/buyers please visit the official thread http://boards.vinylcollective.com/topic/86642-vinyl-collective-best-practices-policy-for-dealing-with-identified-and-confirmed-scammers/'>http://boards.vinylcollective.com/topic/86642-vinyl-collective-best-practices-policy-for-dealing-with-identified-and-confirmed-scammers/


If you have any questions about this, feel free to contact any of the moderators. We would be more than happy to help.

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(Thanks for the suggestion and info Alan)

 

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