Trading post rules - read before viewing!!!

Discussion in 'Trading Post' started by TxCajun, Jan 17, 2009.

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  1. TxCajun

    TxCajun Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator Supporter

    Sep 7, 2004

    READ these rules before viewing the Trading Post. Read them again before buying or selling. Failure to comply can result in punitive measures, including the BANNING of your account.

    We realize this is a free country. However, this is a privately owned and operated forum. Rules are in place to make things flow as fairly and smoothly as possible and to lessen the need for moderators/administrators to intervene in the process.

    If you do not agree with these rules, feel free to not participate in the Trading Post activities.

    The KTOG Trading Post is a service provided to our active members with 25 or more posts who also participate in other boards at KTOG (or have a paid Supporting Membership). As such, if you are only using the TP as a free means to buy and sell, and you are barely participating in the Forum at large, we may have an issue with that. We do not strive to be Craig's List and the TP is not the reason we exist.

    1st and foremost:

    All transactions must be in accordance with any applicable federal, state and local laws. It is your responsibility to know and obey the law.


    1. All members who use the Trading Post are obligated to trade only with members who follow these rules. If you participate in a transaction and facilitate another member's violation of the rules, expect to be held accountable.

    2. All merchandise posted for sale must have a listed price. List only items you have for sale. Do not buy or sell for non-members.

    3. You must post in the thread to buy or trade. In a given For Sale thread, the first posted, "I'll take it" (or words to that effect) has priority. This assumes that the buyer is willing to pay the asking price. Others may post, 2nd, 3rd dibbs, etc. Sellers, do not use your email/phone as a point of contact for your ads. This would offer an avenue around this rule, and has been abused in the past to avoid this rule.

    4. If you are listing your item locally or elsewhere, state that in your thread. Otherwise it will appear that someone here bought your goods without posting in the thread, as required. Do not post anything listed on an auction site. If you post something here, and later decide to list it on Gunbroker, etc, notify admin or moderator so we can delete your thread.

    5. If you are seeking additional information, making an offer, etc, post PM sent. However, this does not secure a place in line nor guarantee that you have bought anything. For that, you must post, "I'll take it" in the thread. At any time, "I'll take it" posted in the thread trumps any non-specific post such as PM Sent. This keeps things open, above board and fair to all who participate. We do not want to see people being sniped below the radar either before of after they have agreed in good faith to buy something.
    5a. In any WTB or WTT thread, the OP gets first crack at an item offered and must post his acceptance or rejection of the offer. If the OP turns down the offer to sell or trade, other members may then make an offer. This secondary offer should really be taken to a TP thread of it's own. Do not try to circumvent these rules by the use of PM's.

    6. When a buyer and/or seller have reached agreement, it is expected that the buyer will send payment in a timely fashion unless the seller has agreed otherwise. Likewise, upon receipt of payment, the seller should ship the merchandise quickly.

    7. When a deal has been made, the original poster must edit his first post and simply add "SOLD or SPF" (sold pending funds) at the top of the post. If it was a WTT or WTB, also edit the 1st post appropriately to indicate the changed status of the thread.If possible, also notify a moderator or the admin by pm to edit your topic title to indicate the change in status.

    8. No disparaging remarks are allowed in a TP thread. If you think someone's goods are junk, priced to high, etc, keep it to yourself. No one is forcing you to buy anything and the market will take care of itself. Neither is a TP thread normally a good place to carry on an extended discussion. It is not a typical thread but is someone's advertisement, and you should be extra-respectful of a TP thread.

    9. When at all possible, please consolidate your merchandise into a single thread so you are not hogging up space in the Trading Post. Do not bump your own thread while it is still on page 1. Of course everyone would like their post to be at the top of the page, but that is not possible. When your thread falls off page 1, you may bump it back to the top.

    If possible, sellers should list the shipping cost - better yet, include that in your price. However, that is not always possible. If you are selling at a given price with the actual shipping cost to be added, list the carrier you will use and give the zip code from which it will be shipped. If possible, list the dimensions and weight of the package or at least give your best estimate. This will help prospective buyers estimate shipping cost.

    Unless you are an FFL, you cannot ship a handgun through the U.S. mail. Keep in mind, a common carrier (UPS/FedEx) will insist on overnight delivery at a cost in the neighborhood of $50. Do your homework on selling/shipping firearms.

    Location and Item Description
    It is often helpful, especially when seeking a Face To Face deal, to give your location. Aside from that, try to anticipate all possible questions when composing your thread. Be specific and give all pertinent details about what you want to buy, sell or trade.

    These rules are designed to make the buying and selling process fair to all. The 25 rule minimum post is designed to give you some means, however limited, to judge a member before deciding to trade with them. You can go to their profile and view their posts. Still, that is not assurance of integrity. Buyer Beware applies. No one at KTOG can take responsibility for a deal gone wrong. If you are having problems with a buyer or seller, let me know and I will look into it.

    Happy Trading!
    TxCajun :cool:
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