**Buy, Sell, & Trade Rules - Read Before Using Buy & Sell - Revised June 23, 2012 ** Disclosure Buy, sell, and trade at your own risk. This site is not affiliated with anyone buying or selling on the board. We are not liable for any misrepresentation, fraud or spam posted here. Always verify the seller's reputation on other photography boards and/or auction sites. Remember that personal/gift payments via PayPal offer no buyer protection whatsoever. We offer this board for member use. However, we do not actively patrol this board for fraud, and we are not responsible for arbitrating any disputes which arise. None of the transactions made on this board are representative of SeriousCompacts. We reserve the right to immediately remove any post in this section for any reason. We reserve the right to exclude any person(s) from use of this forum for any reason. No guarantee is made with regards to provision of services in this Buy and Sell area. Rules If your post does not follow these rules, it will be deleted without explanation and may result in permanent loss of access to the Buy and Sell forum without further warning or explanation. The Buy, Sell, and Trade board has grown very active. The moderators are volunteers and do not have the time to private message members about every issue in the marketplace. Please take care to follow the rules below so that we can continue to offer this service and avoid having to delete posts which you've taken time and effort to create. 1) "For Sale" listings must include an asking price for every item being sold. Any FS or FS/FT listings without an asking price will be deleted without comment or opportunity to amend. Giving an astronomical price and adding "or best offer" does not satisfy this requirement. Note: FT, WTB and Ebay threads do not have to include a price. 2) No discussion of price is allowed in the replies to a listing. The only exception to this is that you are allowed to say the equivalent of "Great price!" if someone gives a particularly good selling price. You may not in any other way comment on or discuss price in a reply to any listing. All comments about price must take place by private message (PM) or email. You need at least one post in the main forum (outside of Buy and Sell) to be able to PM, and this post should not be "I am posting so I can PM" or equivalent. If you are unable to PM, an alternative is to post a reply in the thread with your email address asking to be contacted that way. Examples of comments which are not allowed: "You realize that B&H sells that lens brand new for $500, right?" (Seller asking $600) "I'm unable to send a PM. Would you accept $300 shipped?" (Seller asking $300 plus $15 shipping) "Good luck with that " (WTB listing offering low amount for expensive item) 3) No off-topic discussion in Buy & Sell. For example, don't ask why someone is selling an item. You can PM with such questions, but they don't belong in the thread. 4) No auctions may be carried out within our marketplace. 5) Photography-related transactions only. Computers and tablets are used to edit/view photos and therefore may be bought/sold here. 6) No commercial vendor sales. Commercial dealers interested in advertising on the site should contact me directly by PM or the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page. 7) You can only start a new topic/thread every 8 hours. No redundant listings. If you are selling or seeking more than one item, we encourage you to combine them in a single listing. No single item should be listed in more than one open thread at any given time. See below for procedure to close a thread. 8) Don't leave feedback unless you have had a transaction. We have a feedback system so you can leave feedback after a transaction. Leaving feedback before a transaction (eg, negative feedback because the price is too high or the seller won't ship to your location) is not allowed. Please think carefully before leaving feedback. All feedback is permanent. Don't leave negative feedback to provoke a response with plans to change your feedback later. You cannot change it, and we will not change it for you. 9) Don't use a lot of caps in your thread title. Don't overuse capitalization to get your classifieds listing noticed. Your thread will be deleted without comment or opportunity to amend. 10) Don't make a new post to say "Sold" or "Found" when your transaction has been completed. Just mark it as completed. Posting to say that a transaction is finished serves no purpose and bumps your thread unnecessarily to the top of the list where active listings belong. Instead, follow our protocol for marking the thread as completed. If you want to specify something like "Sold to [member name]", edit one or more of your existing posts in the thread instead of making a new one. This must be done prior to marking as completed, which closes the thread permanently. 11) Don't ask moderators to open, close, delete or change thread titles. You can edit your title and body of your ad for 72 hours. After that it is permanent. Moderators do not have the time to make these edits for you. You can add a post to your original thread indicating any necessary update (eg, change in asking price), or you can mark your thread as completed and start a new one. 12) Don't post under more than one user name. Some people have chosen to post under multiple registered accounts/user names in order to bump their own posts, comment on how good their own prices are, or even to give themselves feedback. This abuse of the forum will result in a permanent ban. ----------- Please don't go back and edit your post to remove the price after an item has sold. Leaving your price in the post makes it a valuable resource so people can go back and see what the asking price was at that time. It doesn't necessarily mean you sold for that price or that the value is the same now as it was then, but it is a resource that someone might benefit from. We don't require that you leave this information intact, but we appreciate when you do so. Note to sellers: PayPal reserves the right to hold payments (see PayPal Holds FAQ). Make sure you understand these terms before you decide to accept payment via PayPal. If you specify payment by PayPal, then a PayPal Hold is not an acceptable reason for failing to ship an item for which the buyer has sent payment.