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1. APPRAISALS ONLY -- Absolutely NO buying and selling allowed!
Section 1: Vendors, Business, and Profiteering
1. No legally registered vendors or business may use the Appraisal Table, and no individuals may represent such entities in the Appraisal Table. Included in this definition are those who engage in occasional "bulk buys" or "opportunity buys" at wholesale prices and then attempt to resell these items for profit in Appraisal Table.
2. Individuals may not engage in repeated or bulk sales of items for the express intent of earning profit without special permission from MaximumPC. "Bulk sale" definition includes, but is not limited to, over two identical items not acquired in normal activities by the typical Appraisal Table User. For instance, 5 identical hard drives. A tray of CPUs. More than one complete, identical system. Not included in this definition are "closet cleaning" sales, "moving sales," or other large accumulations of primarily used equipment. Determinations of "profit" will be made at the moderator's discretion based upon available information.
3. Special permission may be granted on a case-by-case basis, subject to the judgment of the moderators concerning the relevance, price, and commitment to giving Appraisal Table viewers a special break in return for being allowed to post. Every thread originated by a dealer must be individually approved, and will in no event exceed one per week.
a) a non-reply to a permission request does not equal permission.
b) such permission may be revoked at any time.
c) permission is to be obtained in advance, in email, from a moderator.
4. Threads posted in violation of these rules will be immediately locked without debate pending resolution of the issue.
Section 2: Appraisal Considerations and Prohibited Items
1. Any items offered for transaction in Appraisal Table must be transferred under conditions legal for the particular item. Software will be sold/traded in accordance with all applicable EULA restrictions. We specifically prohibit the sale or trade of Operating Systems/software designated "Not For Resale" or "OEM," as virtually all EULAs prohibit transfer of such software except in very rare cases. It is the responsibility of the seller to determine compliance with any applicable federal/state/local law and to be able to furnish proof upon demand of the moderator that the offered item may be legally transferred under the conditions offered.
2. Offers of certain items, such as firearms/ammunition and Academic Edition software, which are deemed by the moderators to be difficult to monitor and potential sources of liability to MaximumPC, will be disallowed.
Section 3: Request Appraisal Etiquette
1. You may not advertise the auction or the classified listings of your items from other sellers' sites, including eBay. This prohibition does not include identical sales threads posted at boards similar to Agora such as Anandtech, TechIMO or PCA. You may post links to personal, non-auction listings for convenience. It is encouraged that sellers link large quantities of pictures offsite rather than post them inline in an Agora thread, and to state that their items are being offered elsewhere.
2. Those making requests for appraisers should make every effort to avoid excessive thread posting. There is no need to separate Want To Buy and Sale threads, nor to post two or three threads per week as additional things appear that you wish to sell. Plan your sales, and show your fellow traders respect by not crowding their threads off the front page. Moderators reserve the right to require consolidation of threads or other action when appropriate.
3. There will be no more than three "bumps" or posts to a thread by the requestor during the life of the thread which have the sole intention of moving a listing to the top of the display
. Bumps from members at large are not limited. Exceptions in certain long-running threads may be made at the moderator's discretion.
4. In the absence of other agreements between request and appraiser, requestors are expected to provide reasonable tracking and insurance coverage of shipments appropriate for the value of the sale. It is the responsibility of the requestor to undertake all investigations of lost shipments and the replacement of value lost by the appraiser in such cases. Insuring any shipment of a value over $20 is strongly recommended.
Section 4: Appraisers Etiquette
1. Caveat Emptor
. You and only you are responsible for determining just how good a deal is. We strongly urge a thorough check of the seller's references if unknown to you. There is a forum-independent database at Heatware
. Proper use of these resources will prevent almost all problems attributable to bad traders. Use them.
2. It is the requestor's prerogative to define his/her desired method for publicly or privately reserving items offered for sale, a practice commonly referred to as "calling dibs." If the requestor does not make such definition in the sale thread, the following default rule will apply: Calling "dibs" on an item may be accomplished through email or posting in the sale thread, although it is preferable to post "dibs" in the thread either way. If you're reading it, you can post to it. A "dibs" call is valid for 24 hours from the date/time posted or emailed. You may request an extension of dibs for over 24 hours, but it is the requestor's right to accept or deny this request. Moderators reserve the right to refuse or curtail support for conflicts arising from situations where the requestor defines a rule less specific than the default.
3. Should an appraiser want to purchase an appraised item, email and/or PM should be used. Instant Messenger chat only if logging the conversation. As buying and selling is not permitted in the Appraisal Table, keep such conversations off the Appraisal Table threads.
Section 5: Observer's Etiquette
1. Observers may not comment on requestor's prices within the thread. Any price comments must be kept to e-mail.
2. The quality of any Appraisal Table trader as a personality outside of Appraisal Table will not be questioned in public. Any such opinions should be forwarded to a moderator in email, and if required a decision will be made as to the continued Appraisal Table presence of the person in question.
Section 6: Trade Conflicts and Trolls
1. Conflicts arising from transactions which do not meet the expectations of either party should be worked out between the interested parties, if at all possible. Only after these efforts are exhausted should a moderator be contacted.
2. Moderators, when contacted, will make all reasonable efforts to resolve conflicts up to and including suspension of trading privileges in Appraisal Table, but can make no express guarantee that every transaction will be resolved to the satisfaction of both parties. The Appraisal Table Moderators carry no legal authority, and can assume no legal responsibility for trading activity in Appraisal Table.
3. Conflicts between traders are not to appear as threads or posts in Appraisal Table. Disputes will be kept private. Any public posting of a trade conflict will be deleted on sight.
4. The efforts of Appraisal Table members to inform the population at large of known bad traders or new trolls are appreciated by the moderators. However, it is required that the mods be informed prior to any member posting such information in Appraisal Table. Confirmed sightings (declared by the mods of another board or poster's possession of actual evidence) may be posted immediately, with simultaneous email notification of the moderators. Threads of that emergency nature will be locked and integrated into the Traders to Watch Thread as soon as a mod is available.
4b. If trolled, contact www.trollhunters.com
. They sometimes can help resolve an issue (although they are limited of course by cooperation). The biggest benefit though is they keep a list of offenders and their info to pass along to other popular forums and appraisers.
5. Anyone banned from the Appraisal Table over financial issues has one month to work out his/her issues, or be banned permanently from the forum as a whole. Appeals will be considered, but they are not modes of extension. Abuse of the appeals process will result in a ban.
Section 7: Other Issues
1. "Hot Deals" information may be provided, if and only if no other rule of these Guidelines is violated.
2. "Hot Deals" should be hot deals, not an observer's tool to alert others that a seller's price is too high.
3. Moderators will determine when any rules listed here have been broken.
Q: What is a "bump"?
A: A bump is posting in a thread for the intention of raising the thread in the forum listing to get more attention to attract appraisors. Bump msgs typically have very little text, consisting of "bump", "ttt" (stands for To The Top), "+++", etc. Replying to someone's question is not a bump.