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The rules - read these before you post or your thread could be deleted

Before you post anything in this section, be sure you have read this sticky and followed the rules. If you don't, your thread could be deleted by the mods. Just because you're a forum veteran doesn't mean you don't need to read this sticky and follow the rules.

Note: Please do not PM me asking that I bend the rules for you. The rules are there for everyone. Besides, I'm not a mod any longer and can't help you

In order to start a new thread in the Marketplace, you need to first meet the following criteria:
  • Have 10 posts or more (not including those in off-topic or Marketplace sections)
  • Been a member for 7 days or longer
If you have just made your 10 posts and find you can't post in the marketplace, log out of EF and then log back in again. Keep in mind that if you've just posted fluff content to make your 10 posts, you may find your posts deleted and a temporary or permanent forum vacation waiting for you.

Title

Make your title descriptive, short and to the point. It should conform to the following format:

Leather sofa [Basel]

Woman's bicycle [Geneva]

Household items, moving sale [Zurich]

Thread titles must include the name of the item and the location.

Description

What are you selling? Tell us as much about it as you can.

For example:

Quote:
Washing machine for sale in Zurich

Brand: Miele

Height: 80cm
Width: 65cm
Depth: 40cm
Color: White
Small scratches on the side of the machine
1 year old
Capacity: 4.5 kg
Price: 200 CHF ONO

Pick up in Dietikon

PM me for details
Price

You need to state the price of your item in the post. If you're not sure where to start, pick a price and say it is negotiable or ONO (or nearest offer). EF is not a bidding site, and anyone encouraging bidding for their items will find their thread deleted without warning.

Picture

A picture is worth a thousand words, or so the cliche goes. But with most household goods, it will help you sell your item.

Try and take a photo that shows the item as clearly as possible, not a small dot across the room. Upload the photo to the English Forum and then embed it into your post, or post it to an external website and use the photo insert tool to include it in your post.

Multiple Items for Sale

If you have a lot of stuff to sell and want to use multiple threads to do it, please create as few threads as possible. Group like with like whenever possible - for example, if you have a bookcase, bed and table to sell, don't create three threads. Create one thread listing all three items.

If you create a string of threads for similar type of items, your threads will be merged into one. If you do this repeatedly, you may find your multiple threads deleted and a warning issued.

Repeat Postings of the Same Item

Absolutely forbidden. If the mod seeing it is in a nice mood, they might just merge your existing posts, but chances are you'll find your duplicates deleted.

Tickets

This is not an auction site, and tickets should be sold at or below face value. This includes tickets for concerts, shows, rail travel, etc.

Thread Bumping

Threads should not be bumped just to gain new exposure. This is considered a breach of netiquette and should be avoided. For more info, please consult Wikipedia reference-linkBump_(Internet)

If you want to bring your thread to the top of the pile, post a response to the thread with some new or updated info. It is also acceptable to state that the item is still available if the thread has been there for a few days with no activity.

General Netiquette

This should be observed at all times. Wikipedia reference-linkNetiquette

Phone Numbers and Email Addresses

Forum rules prohibit the posting of personal contact information including email addresses and telephone numbers. Please use the PM feature instead. Threads with of personal contact information including phone numbers or email addresses will be edited by the mods.

Pimping

Also known as proxy advertising and surrogate advertising. This is against the spirit of the Forum. It has and will always be free to sign up here as a member and post once eligible ( just one week and after 10 acceptable posts ).

Language

It should go without saying, we're the English forum, so your post should be in English. (That goes for all sections of EF, not just the Market Place!)

Txtspk

Use txtspk and risk having your post or thread deleted without mercy. Remember, English isn't everyone's first language - and even for those who do have English as a first language, txtspk is difficult to read quickly. It doesn't make you look clever or even save you time, so please, use proper English.

Gazumping

The first person to offer the full asking price, gets it. Do not encourage bidding wars, be fair and honest.

Trolling

Trolling and taunting the seller is not permitted. Your posts will be deleted, and you could face a ban. By all means, ask legitimate questions, but trolling will not be permitted.

Not sure what trolling is? Wikipedia reference-linkTroll_(Internet)

What to do when your item is sold/your want is filled

Please report the original post in your thread and ask that it be closed due to the item being sold or you've found what you were looking for. Use the Report Post feature, which is the triangle with ! in the middle on the top right hand corner of your post.

Links to auctions will be deleted.

Important Info

Not following these rules will probably find a mod deleting your post. You don't want that, so follow the rules and happy selling and buying.

Following the rules is simple and easy. Repeatedly violating them is not. Repeated disregard or violation of the rules is cause for an instant ban from the forum.

A couple of tips for safe trading

Don't give your full street address until date/time/transport have been arranged to your mutual satisfaction. Street name and nearest tram/bus stop is good enough for initial planning. Sellers often offer to meet at the station - they needn't give away their home address.

Don't outline your whole schedule. If a prospective buyer wants to know when he can come by, state your general preference (e.g. daytime or evening) and make one or two initial suggestions. If he can't meet either of those, ask him for a list of four times that would work for him. You pick one of them and that's it.

If a particular date/time doesn't work for you, it is "inconvenient" and nothing more. Don't give reasons.

Disclaimer

englishforum.ch is not responsible for goods sold on the forum. We do not benefit from the sales in any way. Any englishforum.ch endorsed sales will be otherwise specified.

Sales are conducted as agreements between private parties, and any disputes, claims, etc. should be addressed to the seller or buyer, not to englishforum.ch.

By posting/reading/responding to ads in this section, you agree to this disclaimer.

Last edited by mirfield; 30.04.2014 at 22:25.
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Re: The rules - read these before you post or your thread could be deleted

Just a small bump of Shell's excellent post as a reminder of the Marketplace rules.
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Re: The rules - read these before you post or your thread could be deleted

It's been a while, so I'll give these another bit of exposure.

I think we can live without the [For Sale]/[Wanted] tags now that the marketplace has been split accordingly.
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