REQUIRED MINIMUM CONTENT IN NOTICES OF FOR SALE

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REQUIRED MINIMUM CONTENT IN NOTICES OF FOR SALE

Postby jimh » Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:15 pm

Please note that any listing here of an item that is for sale must contain at the very least the following five essential elements:

  1. explicitly state the item is for sale;
  2. in the body of the post there must be a basic description of the item that is for sale;
  3. in the body of the post there must be information about where the item for sale is located if it is not possible to ship the item via standard postal or delivery services; in other words, if the item is a big, heavy, and can't be send in the mail, you must include the location where the item is presently located;
  4. in the body of the post there must be a clear declaration of the asking price in US-dollars;
  5. in the body of the post there must be clear information on how to contact the seller directly, that is, by some private means of communication that does not require posting public messages or rely on both parties being logged into the forum reading their forum private messages.

See the ANNOUNCEMENT at the top of the listings for the original posting of these rules.

Lately there are too many posting here of items for sale that do not include these four or five essential and mandatory pieces of information.

Notices of Wanted-To-Buy should similarly indicate clearly what item is wanted, where the prospective buyer is located, and a method to be contacted directly.

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Re: REQUIRED MINIMUM CONTENT IN NOTICES OF FOR SALE

Postby jimh » Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:09 pm

The reason that posts to MARKETPLACE must include a means of direct contact to the seller or buyer is to eliminate the forum and the website as an intermediary to the negotiations and agreements of sale or purchase. I do not want to be involved in any transaction between two other parties involving a sale of an item in exchange for money. All such contacts must be done in private, without using the website or the forum as a method of contact. The seller MUST post either a telephone number, a postal address, or an e-mail address through which he can be reached. Buyers MUST use those methods to contact the seller.

A further reason for posting direct contact information is the general trend for website visitors to NOT be logged in as registered users. It is quite common to see that there are 50 users browsing as "visitors" who cannot see the email address of a registered user who posted a notice in MARKETPLACE and cannot send a private message, and maybe five or less registered users browsing. Posts to MARKETPLACE without explicit contact information will have no means to contact an seller or buyer for website visitors who are not registered users.