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CLASSIFIEDS RULES - Updated 2013-10-18

Discussion in 'Classifieds' started by vtac, Oct 6, 2011.

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  1. vtac

    vtac vapor junkie Staff Member

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    To make things easier I've separated this into rules and guidelines. Breaking the rules will result in a warning, ban, and/or removal of classifieds privileges. Commonly broken rules are in red.

    Rules

    General
    • The Forum Rules are in full effect here. Make sure you understand them.
    • Only vaporizers and related accessories may be sold in this section. If you're unsure that your item qualifies, ask a staff member first. Trading for unrelated items is allowed.
    • To avoid confusion, 'traditional' ecigs are not to be sold here unless approval is given.
    • This section is the only public area on the forum where you can mention that you have (or may have) items for sale or trade. It is also the only public area where you can request to buy items. If you would like to direct a member to a classified ad please use the private conversation system.
    • You may not use a listing here to direct members to an eBay or other off-site sale.
    • This section is provided as a service for members to exchange unused or unwanted items. It is not a place to sell items above retail value for a profit or to unload a large surplus.
    • Brokering is not allowed. You may not buy or sell for anyone but yourself.
    Creating a Thread
    • You must attach at least 1 picture of the item you're selling/trading beside a piece of paper with your fc username written on it.
    • When your transaction has been successfully completed, you must lock your thread. Do this by clicking the Lock link located near the bottom of the first post in the thread.
    • You must be an actively contributing member with at least 60 days membership, 50 posts, and 25 "likes" received to create a thread in the Classifieds.
      • The system checks for eligibility at 20 minutes past each hour.
      • Members who make low-content posts for the sake of increasing their post count may lose the privilege of using the Classifieds section.
    • State the condition of the item(s) you are trying to sell, trade, or buy.
    • Don't use an abundance of caps or symbols in your title.
    • If you're selling, state an asking price. If trading, state what you're looking to trade for. Bidding is not allowed.

    Replies to classified ads are now disabled. See post #6 for more information. To start a private conversation with a member, click their avatar and then click "Start a Conversation" on the overlay. Or, from the member's profile page, click the Information tab and then click "Start a Conversation". Please ensure that you do not post on their public profile section by mistake.

    Guidelines

    Buyer and Seller Safety
    • The forum takes no responsibility for any transactions that take place here. Participating in the Classifieds section is done entirely at your own risk.
    • PayPal is generally the safest bet for sending/receiving money. See guidelines below.
    • Other safe money transactions include escrow.com mailing a bank check, cashier's check, or money order. This may take a couple days, but you will have a record of the transaction.
    • Confirming the full name, address and phone number of the other party is a good idea before making a transaction.
    • Make sure items are 100% clean before shipping. See: how to clean your vaporizer.
    • To protect your privacy it is recommended that you remove meta data from your photos before posting.
    PayPal
    • Do not evade the PayPal fee by using the 'Pay as a Gift' option. If you do you will have no recourse if the seller defaults. Pay the extra fee so you have protection instead of risking all your money.
    • Don't use the word 'vaporizer' or any other potential paraphernalia terms in any PayPal transaction. 'Aromatherapy device' is a better choice. PayPal has been known to close accounts when they decide they don't like a word/item.
    General
    • Select the appropriate thread prefix when creating a thread; if you're selling an item, use the "For Sale" prefix.
    • If you have shipping constraints which may limit the sale of your item to a certain area, please make a note of it.
    • To help members understand market prices, you are encouraged to make an edit stating the transaction amount when the item sells/trades
    • Threads with items unsold for 90 days will be closed.
    Last edited: May 8, 2014
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    vtac vapor junkie Staff Member

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    Update:
    • To avoid confusion, 'traditional' ecigs are not to be sold here unless approval is given.
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    vtac vapor junkie Staff Member

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    Update:
    • You must attach at least 1 picture of the item you're selling beside a piece of paper with your fc username written on it. ($75 price limit removed)
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2013
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    vtac vapor junkie Staff Member

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    Update:

    "Likes" requirement added to classifieds promotion.
    • You must be an actively contributing member with at least 60 days membership, 50 posts, and 25 "likes" to sell in the Classifieds
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    vtac vapor junkie Staff Member

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    Update: You now have the ability to lock your classifieds thread. :)

    This is now the requirement instead of reporting the thread when your item is sold/found/etc.

    The Lock link is located near the bottom of the first post, as shown in the image below.

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    vtac vapor junkie Staff Member

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    The classifieds section here at fc has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a single thread to a dedicated forum with well over 1000 transactions. Throughout the years the rules have evolved to ensure a useful and safe experience for members while keeping things manageable behind the scenes. After many hours of consideration, we are rolling out some relatively big changes to help streamline the system for everyone.

    Replies to classifieds threads will be disabled

    Much of the required staff intervention in the classifieds section (sometimes even forum wide) is a result of replies to classifieds threads. Requiring that transaction related communication takes place through Private Conversations will go a long way to helping the system run smoothly, especially as it grows.

    For a long time I was hesitant to kill the sometimes meaningful discussions that take place in classifieds threads, however I think it's clear that keeping things clean and lean is a more important priority. Vaporizer discussions belong in their own sections anyway, and it makes sense that private transactions take place in private.

    Based on these changes we're also removing the "no OBO" rule. If a member constantly sends you lowball offers you can leave the conversation(s) and use the ignore feature. If you see a listing that breaks the classifieds rules, please report it.

    Separately available items will now be allowed in single listings

    With the newly available edit history feature, we can indefinitely extend the post edit time window in the classifieds section. If you want to add/update information or answer questions you've been asked about your listing you can edit your OP including the title. You can still make separate threads if desired.

    To help members understand market prices, you are encouraged to make an edit stating the transaction amount when the item sells/trades

    To recap:
    • Replies to classifieds threads are now disabled
      • All communication with the seller/buyer/trader should be done through Private Conversations
    • Edit time in the classifieds section is now indefinite so you can update your OP as needed including the title
    • Separately available items are now allowed in single listings
    I'll be updating the classifieds rules to reflect these changes. Please make sure that you're up to speed with everything. If you have any questions, feel free to make a thread in the Community Discussion section.

    Thanks for reading, and here's to many more successful transactions!
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2013
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    vtac vapor junkie Staff Member

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    vtac vapor junkie Staff Member

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    Added instructions on how to start a private conversation.
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