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 Post subject: CAR TRADER FORUM RULES, updated 07/08/2006
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2005 12:07 am 
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Rules in this section are the same as in Car Trader..

RULES FOR SELLERS

Ausrotary is a great place to advertise goods you may have for sale. Its free and you have a 100% guaranteed rotary enthusiast readership.

However, the internet offers a level of anonymity that may result in you being bothered by "time wasters" who you would not normally attract using other forms of advertising (that you usually pay for remember). Many people may trouble you for details, pictures or other questions with no true intention of actually buying off you.

There are ways you can avoid the "time wasters", however. The best thing to do is use the template we have provided in this thread: http://www.ausrotary.com/viewtopic.php?t=58925
Generally, we suggest you try to follow these guidelines wherever possible. These guidelines are equally applicable to "wanted" ads.


1. Use a clear and relevant topic heading
More users will view your advertisement if you make the topic heading clear. An example of a poor subject heading is "engine", "parts for sale", or "rims". Better alternatives are "carby 12A engine for sale", "RX-3 panels and trim", or "17" Billet rims suit old school rotor". Obviously if you are selling a wide variety of parts its harder to do this, but its still better to include them in one topic and try to make the topic heading as clear as possible.

2. Include as many details as possible:

If you write "for more details email, or PM", you will receive PM's and emails to which you will have to reply. This isn't an ad paid by the word: save yourself time and write everything you feel someone may think relevant in deciding whether to buy what you intend to sell.

3. Include photos in the post, wherever possible:
As above. If you specify that you will email photos, you will be asked to email them. It doesn't cost you anything, so upload your pics to a server and link them to the ad, or create a free pBase or Yahoo! account, and save yourself the effort of emailing pics to people who are only curious in seeing, for example, what a HKS BOV looks like, rather than actually wanting to buy one.

4. Specify LOCATION and whether you are willing to send interstate. AusRotary has users Australia-wide. If you don't specify people will ask. It may also save you trouble if you specify whether you are willing to post or COD.

5. Check Ausrotary for replies whenever possible:
If you don't use the internet often fair enough, but if at all possible, try to avoid leaving phone numbers only. It is in your interests, as genuine interstate buyers are more likely to look into your offer if they don't have to make mobile or STD phone calls.

6. If you accept an offer someone has made it is a legally binding contract.

Don't accept an offer unless you intend to carry out the agreement. This applies to "for sale" and "wanted" advertisements. Not only does it make you look really bad and may affect your chances of selling in the future, but backing out of a sale once you have agreed to sell goods may give the buyer recourse to legal remedies against you. Nothing, however, can stop you withdrawing goods from sale if you have not accepted any offers.

7. BE CAREFUL, AVOID C.O.D.
If you are sending COD, protect yourself and make sure the user has been around a while. Users HAVE been forced to pay for uncollected COD packages in the past - don't become another victim. A better option is direct deposit into a personal bank account, which is mutually secure as the seller has the money, and the buyer has the seller's personal bank details.

8. RESEARCH THE OTHER TRADER

Please look for the trader's feedback in the trader feedback section. If they have no trading history on ausrotary and a very low post count, be particularly careful in your trading.

9. EXCESSIVE BUMPING

If you bump an ad more than once every 24 hours, your bump will be removed. If you repeat offend, your ad will be removed. Multiple offences will result in trading privileges being removed.

TIPS FOR BUYERS

1. Expressing interest only if you really are interested:

"time wasting" is very annoying, and makes it frustrating for someone trying to sell goods on the forum. You will not make a good name for yourself in the AusRotary Community if you repeatedly behave in this manner.

2. Read the sellers post carefully:
Your question may have already been answered. Common examples include asking for a location, when the location is in the user details of the left-hand column, and asking whether a part will suit a particular application, when that has already been stated. This also applies to the manner in which you respond. If email is specified, use email. The seller may not visit AusRotary often.

3. If you offer to buy something, as soon as the person accepts, you have made a legally binding contract.

Don't offer to buy something unless you intend to carry out the agreement. Not only does it make you look really bad and may affect your chances of buying in the future, but backing out of a sale once you have agreed to buy it may give the seller recourse to legal remedies against you. Note: "haggling" is not an offer.

4. RESEARCH THE OTHER TRADER

Please look for the trader's feedback in the trader feedback section. If they have no trading history on ausrotary and a very low post count, be particularly careful in your trading.

General Rules for this section:

1. No SPAM.
Administrators will use their discretion to delete any posts which are considered spam. Don't do it. Your IP address is logged and if you try and create a new username you will be found.

2. Be Honest:
AusRotary is NOT a forum for peddling of stolen merchandise. If AusRotary suspects you are selling stolen goods, your IP address WILL be forwarded to the authorities. While AusRotary administration makes every effort to try and detect stolen goods, the Adminstration make no guarantees as to the legitimacy of goods being sold, nor will it be held responsible if goods sold here turn out to be in fact stolen. Similarly, AusRotary will not accept responsibility for any other criminal acts or breaches of contract, eg accepting goods without payment, reneging on agreement to purchase goods, misrepresentation.

Furthermore, please do not make promises unless you intend to keep them. Promising to hold onto goods until a certain day, only to sell them before that time comes up is bad trading. If you cannot keep a promise, it is very simple: don't make it.

Thank you for your continuing cooperation and happy and smooth trading!

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