Trade Section Rules & Guidelines

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Welcome to the Trade Section

SFF.N's Trade section acts as a classifieds-style resource in which members can seek to buy, sell, or trade with their fellow community members. Only supporters may create a new thread requesting to buy/sell/trade, but anyone with a SFF.N account may respond to these threads.

It is important to note that while SFF.N provides the Trade section as a resource, we are not directly involved in any transaction. As such, while we have rules and guidelines outlined below, we provide no protection for community members nor any guarantee for anything transacted here. We strongly encourage that community members follow our transaction guidelines in order to conduct purchases, sales, and trades as safely as possible.

Posting on the Trade Section

The following rules are strictly required of any posts or replies made in the Trade section. Above and beyond these, SFF.N reserves the right to edit or delete threads and posts; block or ban users and IP addresses; and otherwise retains complete control and discretion with respect to what can be submitted and published, at all times, for all posts and threads.
  1. All threads must be prefixed as [Buying], [Selling], [Trading], or [Multi]; the geographic location of items must be listed; and the title and descriptions for all threads must be honest and representative of the item. For [Selling] and [Buying] threads, a price must be specified
  2. All threads and posts must be civil and meet the level of decorum of the site as a whole, and all posts in response to a thread must pertain to the thread itself - no thread hijacking is allowed
  3. All posted items must be 100% legally owned by the user, and the sale or transaction of such items must be in accordance with all EULAs, contracts, or other binding agreements with the manufacturer/developer/creator. Proof of ownership of software must be provided if requested
  4. Contests, raffles, gift payments, auctions, or any other means of transacting other than buying, selling or trading, are not allowed
  5. The following items are blacklisted: alcohol, tobacco, coupons, weapons, pharmaceuticals, currency, securities, financial instruments, MLM products/membership, and pornography
  6. Pictures and/or video may be posted, but they must be representative of the item, and must include your handwritten SFF.N username and the date of your post
  7. Users may bump a thread only if it has not been bumped or posted to in the past week
  8. If two parties decide they are interested in transacting with one another, they must use SFF.N's private messaging functionality for communication between each other to negotiate and decide upon terms (SFF.N respects user privacy, and cannot see these exchanges unless we are invited to the conversation, or a participant reports the conversation to us - we require communication within the forum so that rule violations can be reported and appropriately dealt with)
  9. Links to listings on external sites (craigslist, eBay, Amazon, etc.) are not allowed
If at any point you are unsure whether or not a thread or post would be in violation of our rules, feel free to ask a moderator or staff member about it beforehand, such as @confusis or @PlayfulPhoenix.

Transaction Guidelines

For sellers

  1. If you post an item and it is eventually no longer available for sale, close the thread you've made by updating the prefix to "Closed"
  2. If anything about your item changes after you've created a thread for it - including price - update your thread ASAP to reflect as such
  3. Always wait to send an item until you've received payment from the buyer
  4. Never accept a wire or a check as payment. Accept cash in-person, or digital payments via services that offer buyer and seller protection when shipping your item, and nothing else. Examples of payment methods that SFF.N does not condone include money orders, postal orders, wire transfers, bank transfers, and P2P payment services and apps
For buyers
  1. If you buy an item you were looking for, close the thread you've made (if you made one) by updating the prefix to "Closed"
  2. Only pay with digital payments via services that offer buyer and seller protection when shipping your item, and nothing else. Examples of payment methods that SFF.N does not condone include money orders, postal orders, wire transfers, bank transfers, and P2P payment services and apps
  3. Always demand that an item being shipped is tracked, and always ask for the tracking number. Request insurance or certified mail if you desire it
For traders
  1. If you post an item for trade or an item you want to trade for, and you've conducted the trade, close the thread you've made by updating the prefix to "Closed"
  2. If anything about your item changes after you have created a thread for it, update your thread ASAP to reflect as such
  3. Always demand that an item being shipped is tracked, and always ask for the tracking number. Request insurance or certified mail if you desire it
 
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