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FOR SALE advert. guidelines.. **AMENDED** 24-August-2018

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 12:50 am
by BillMorrow
This the FOR SALE AD guide..... no rules are hard and fast and all rules are subject to change at the whim or will of the moderators and admins...... these are GUIDELINES. 8)

1. ANY For Sale ad may be removed once the item has been sold or is no longer available for sale. It is preferred that the original author do this but any admin or moderator also has that power.

2. An asking price MUST be posted in each ad.

3. In the case of used Thinkpads the model and type number should be included in the ad.

4. No brand new Thinkpads may be offered for sale without the consent of the Senior Admin.

5. The For Sale ads are not limited to Thinkpads, so go ahead and offer your powerbook or h/p omnibook or the like.

6. In the case of any who are in need of an escrow holder, I will do that for a fee of $50 + any postage or other costs.

7. No photos for anything unless you put a warning in the subject line. And then, A FEW SMALL photos. This will be allowed until someone abuses this rule.

8. Excessive bumping will cause that for sale post to be deleted. If you MUST bump your FS post, a 3 day limit seems to be fair. Bump it more often and it will be bye-bye.

There is a long-standing forum rule that is particularly important in the Marketplace: That rule is the 72-hour waiting period between bumping any kind of thread whether it's FS, FT, WTB, etc. The reason for the rule is to give everyone a fair chance at getting their thread noticed. Bumping before the 72 hours is up will get your thread locked. A bumping feature is one of the new functions that has been implemented in the new forum. Looking at the image below, you'll see a new circled link called "Bump topic" just above the dark blue border. That feature has been set to 3 days (72 hours), and if it does not appear in the original message to your thread, do not bump your thread as the 72 hours is not up. Once that feature does appear, just click on the link to bump the thread and start the next 72 hour waiting period. Thanks for your cooperation.
Click on the Image button top-left on your post and select Bump topic.

9. In general, price negotiation should be done through direct communication (PM or email etc) between buyer and seller, not in posted messages.

10. PRICES: If you don't agree with an item's price or know where the same item is being sold for less, do NOT interfere or post your opinion/prices on the thread in question. The seller may not know the current market price of what's being sold. Instead, negotiate with the seller directly via PM or purchase from another seller. Any posts suggesting or negotiating prices in public will be removed without notice.

11. Warning, buyer beware on laptop sales; Unless the installed OS (or add on software) was the originally supplied version from the factory, then the laptop should be assumed to have no valid OS or add on software.

12. Payments. ALL sales offered in the marketplace SHOULD offer accepting PayPal as a method of payment. ALL potential buyers are warned that ANYONE restricting payment to Western Union moneygram (or the like) should be viewed with GREAT CAUTION as that person selling is most likely, attempting to, or engaging in fraud and that the buyer in such a transaction is MOST likely going to lose his money. (Rule added 28-aug-2010)

13. No seller may have more than five (5) active FS/FT/WTB threads at a time.

14. CURRENCIES. If you are NOT located in USA (or your location is unclear), please specify the exact currency, such as USD/US$ or CAD/CA$, for all prices mentioned.

15. Criticism of items on offer.
We strongly urge NOT posting any negative comments or warnings, be they text, pictures or links, about the items that are on offer in our Forum Member Marketplace in that particular thread.
If you do not approve of an item for whatever reason, you may discuss this via PM or email, but NOT in someone else's thread.
Admins and moderators have the power to remove any item which does not conform to Marketplace rules.
(Updated 24-August-2018)

ALSO READ THIS COPY FROM "RULES of the ROAD", Section 5:
5. PICTURES. IF needed, you may add one or more photographs to your post. Please make sure that the total size of pictures in your post (thumbnails or full size) does not exceed 250KB.
If you wish to use more / larger pictures, you MUST place a warning in the Subject: line (e.g., *WARNING: PICS*).
It would also be greatly appreciated if you can keep the pixel dimensions to something around 800x600, to avoid page stretching / distortions for users browsing the forum on lower resolutions. If needed, please use a thumbnail / smaller picture linking to a larger version. Many image hosting services will automatically generate thumbnails / smaller versions for every picture you upload; make good use of this feature!
Any picture(s) violating the above guidelines may be changed to link(s) / removed by an Administrator/Moderator (without warning).
Important: ONLY in this: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup Forum are you allowed to use more, and larger, pictures.

More guidelines may appear as they are suggested to me.. :)

Posted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 8:06 pm
by underclocker
All very fair rules and simple to follow.

In practice, with regard to rule #1, many people change their listing title from a "For Sale" or "Looking For" or "Wanted to Buy" ad to a "SOLD" or "FOUND" in the title at the appropriate time.

I think this is the best practice since 1) it let's people know the item is gone (or found), and 2) it leaves item description, forum member comments and historical pricing intact, which is very helpful information.

Posted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 8:21 pm
by pianowizard
I also think locking sold threads is better than removing them, because that can give the buyer some form of protection. If a problem arises in the transaction (e.g. the specs don't match), having access to the original thread would be very helpful.