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Official Marketplace Rules

Rules for sellers

You need eligibility
To start a Marketplace thread, you must be a forum member for a minimum of two months and have a minimum of twenty posts.. This gives other members a chance to become familiar with you. Offer to sell or trade only if you are serious about doing so.

Please only create one thread
Create a single thread for a given item or set of items to be sold or traded together. Duplicate threads are not permitted.

Thread titles
Use a short description of the item(s) as the thread title. Your thread title does not need full system specs since you'll post details in the thread. If you are selling only in a particular country or geographic area, you might include that in the title.

Commonly used abbreviations:
FS: (for sale) -- same as WTS: (want to sell)
FT: (for trade) -- same as WTT: (want to trade)
FS/T: (for sale or trade) -- same as WTS/T: (want to sale or trade)
FA: (for auction)
WTB: (want to buy)
Feelers. Adding the word "Feeler" to the thread title invites others to comment on your proposal and critique your offer or price (see Buyer/Trader Rule: Exceptions below).

Post full description(s) of the item(s).
Post a minimum of 1 (ONE) picture of the item(s) which also includes the forum name (M3R), your username and the date (hand written not photoshopped). If posting multiple pictures then all pics must include forum name (M3R), username and date (hand written not photoshopped).
Even if you post a link to ebay or other sale/trade/auction site, you must include the description in your Marketplace thread so that potential buyers/traders can evaluate what you are offering by what you post in the forums. The Mazda3Revolution forums is not to be used simply for advertising your sales or offers elsewhere.
Be clear what items are included or not included and what their condition is. Potential buyers/traders will respond better to factual descriptions (model numbers and specs) than to infomercial-style superlatives or posts in ALL CAPS.

Price is mandatory in a for sale thread
. If you do not list a price the thread will be locked or deleted.

Additional information
Members often ask for additional photos, your location, the reason you are selling/trading, methods of payment and shipping, and/or whether you have seller feedback from previous transactions. It may help you to anticipate these questions and provide the information up front, particularly if you are a lesser-known forum member.

Please do not sell anything illegal that will get our forums in trouble. You will not be able to sell products that are unlicensed. For example, music and software.

Post in your thread for any of these reasons. Otherwise, wait for responses and accept that you may or may not get them.
to answer questions or respond to posts by others
to announce when the sale/trade has been made or the items are no longer available (so that other members won't continue to post or contact you)
to announce a nontrivial price change
to announce other nontrivial changes in the items, availability, or offer

As in all threads, "bump" posts (those that simply bring your thread to the top of the New Posts list) are not permitted because they are unfair to other members' threads. This rule applies not only to posts that say "bump" but to those with the intent to bump, including trivial changes to the offer, "last chance" posts counting down the time remaining, or new threads started to sell the same items. Since all interested parties should have Private Messages enabled and be checking them (see next rule), there is no need to make posts saying "PM sent".

Make sure that the Enable Private Messaging feature is checked in the Edit Options page of your User Control Panel. Watch for Private Messages, as well as posts in your thread, since potential buyers/traders may prefer to contact you privately rather than post in the thread. Enabling the Receive Email from Other Members feature in the Edit Options page of your User Control Panel is optional. If you enable it or post your e-mail address in the thread, watch for e-mail too. Plan to respond promptly, after no more than a day, to offers or after a deal is made. Make sure your Private Message mailbox isn't full. Answer questions posed in the thread by interested parties.

Rules for buyers or traders

If you are interested in the sale/trade, you may ask questions or make an offer by posting or by contacting the seller privately through Private Message or e-mail (if enabled). If you have trouble contacting them or you don't hear back after more than a day, you can post in the thread to ask if they got your message

Offer to buy or trade only if you are serious about doing so.

Thread jacking
If you have similar items for sale or trade, start your own thread. Do not post about your sale in someone else's thread.

If you are an interested buyer/trader but don't like the price, make what you consider to be a reasonable offer or see the Non-interest Rule below.

If you are not interested in the item or don't like the price, items, payment method, or other terms, ignore the thread. Do not post negative remarks about the sale or seller based on their offer, or suggest to others that they buy other products or buy/trade at other sites. Do not post unsolicited price advice or comparisons of the offer with those from other sources. Do not try to derail somebody else's sale by posting in the thread. Let shoppers make their own decisions. Unless it is a feeler item, you then can PM or email them about the item.

Answering a WTB thread
If you answer a WTB thread stating you have a product that fits the description you must have a legitimate for sale thread in progress to back up your claim that you have the product for sale.

Thread Closure/Deletion
To better conserve server resources marketplace ads will be deleted after 1 month of inactivity or lack of response from original poster. Forum staff have the right to immediately close/remove threads that do not follow these rules.

Notify staff when your product has sold
Please have the courtesy to tag a forum moderator (@username) when your product has sold so your thread can be closed.
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