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Posted Thu Mar 19, 2009, 2:30pm
Subject: **MUST READ** Buy, Sell and Trade Forum Rules (updated May 2014)

CoffeeGeek's Buy, Sell & Trade forum (BST) Rules, Version 1.22, June, 2014.
These rules are a must read for anyone who wants to post in this forum. Violation of these rules will result in the deletion of your post, and a strike issued by one of the Forum's moderators. For more information on our strikes system, please review the Forum FAQ. For more explanation of these rules, please read the optional reading announcement.

New changes include rule 1 and rule 8. If you'd like to discuss these rules or have any questions, please post them here.

  1. You must have at least 10 posts on CoffeeGeek forums and be a member for 1 full month, or be a 'Senior Member' (3 months as a member of CoffeeGeek) to be able sell something in this forum. Absolutely no exceptions to this rule. If you are a member for less than one month and have less  than ten posts to the forums (not including the BST forum) You will have your posting deleted and be issued a site "strike.  (More info on CoffeeGeek's 3 strikes policy)

  2. You must complete all of the Listing Details fields located directly below the main text field.  The text fields are Price, Location, First Name and Last Name.  Also the Type of Sale must also be selected from the drop down menu (For Sale, For Trade, For Sale or Trade, or Wanted to Buy) below that menu the agreement box must also be selected (verifying that it is a private sale {see rule #4}). You must have a valid email address as your "public email' in order to post, or list a valid, unobstructed email in your for sale / trade / buy post.

  3. No links to external sales can be made in new threads on this forum. This includes, but is not limited to, eBay and Craigslist.

  4. Only private, consumer sales are allowed. No commercial posts at all. No business postings. No website domain name sales. No hobbyist tamper makers. No weekend fixer-upper cottage business posts. If you in any way profit on a regular, irregular, or occasional basis from the buying and selling of anything related to coffee, you cannot post an ad in this forum. This forum is provided as a courtesy to our membership for the times when they decide to upgrade their brewing equipment, and want to sell their existing machines to their fellow members.

  5. No machines obtained from a coffee or restaurant or food service business are allowed to be listed here. It doesn't matter if the business is real or failed, or if you bought it at a bankruptcy auction, or are selling it for a friend who never got their business off the ground. If there are any ties to a commercial business, it cannot be listed here.

  6. Only coffee and espresso related products may be listed here in the BST Forum. Any exceptions have to be pre-approved by a moderator.

  7. If you sell the item you have listed, you must edit the original post's title to indicate it has been **Sold**.

  8. If asking for payment via Paypal or any other service, you are not allowed to insist or demand buyer pay using a "gift" option or any other option that limits the buyer's ability to be protected via that 3rd party payment service should the deal go wrong. Paypal's "gift" payment option saves you, the seller, a few bucks in fees, but removes any protections the buyer has. This policy is strictly enforced. If you communicate offline with the buyer demanding they use the "gift" option and we hear about it, you may be banned from using our BST forum for the foreseeable future.

Optional Rules

- post one or more pictures of your item for sale. You can post one photo per 'post' but are allowed to post followups with additional photos.

- post as much information as you can about the product being sold. More information means more chance of selling the product

We have another announcing thread in this forum that details more why these rules exist, and why the BST forum exists. Reading that thread is optional; this one is a must read for anyone participating in this specific forum.

Discussion about these rules is encouraged in this thread.



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