What’s the classifieds for?
The classified is free for all private sales. It’s there primarily to provide and opportunity for you to sell those unwanted bits and pieces that you have no need for that someone else may well be desperate to get hold of.
You should think of it as a car boot sale of bike parts.
- No more than two ads from the same user on the front page at any one time or they will ALL be deleted.
- No reposting an ad for 24 hours after it was first posted.
- Include a price in your ad. Ads with no prices will be deleted.
- Links to eBay ads are only allowed within the final 12 hours of an auction/sale.
- NO FAKE GOODS – in almost all cases selling fake goods (even if you declare they are fake) is illegal.
Adverts that do not follow the rules will be deleted without warning.
Lets try and define what we mean by ‘private’.
The ‘spirit’ of our forum is one where users can turn their old, surplus or unwanted kit into extra cash to enable them to buy new bits to help them get out and continue riding. The Classified Forum is not a place where users can earn a living or supplement their income by buying and selling parts. users who exploit our forum in this way will be considered to be trading. How we define trading is down to our judgement and we may ask you for an explanation of your sale in order to make this judgement. We will look at each instance reported to us or spotted by us on a case by case basis and then we will act at our discretion.
Businesses are strictly prohibited from using our Classifieds forum.
Items For Sale
- If you are a private seller advertising what you have for sale you should post your ad in our ‘For Sale’ forum. DO NOT post ad in the main forums. they will be deleted and you may have your account suspended.
- No more than 2 ads on the page at any one time – Combine multiple items for sale into one ad or wait until your previous two ads have dropped off the front page before posting a new ad.
- Include a price! Ads without prices are speculative and annoying to buyers. You run the risk of having your ad removed if you do not include a price.
- No Ad reposting for 24 hours! So your ad drops off the bottom of the page – it can still be found – but constantly reposting the same ad over and over each time it does is not fair on other sellers. If it drops off the page and you still don’t have a buyer, wait a day before reposting it. Offenders will have their ad removed.
- Repeat offenders will have their accounts suspended for a minimum of 48 hours.
- Include the whole ad in your post. Don’t just lazily put a link to your ad on another website – include all the details in your post. Links to ads on other websites (with the exception of eBay ads that conform to our eBay ad rule) will be deleted.
If you are seeking a specific product you should post your wanted request in the ‘Wanted’ forum only.
Ads promoting Ebay auctions are strictly for private sellers only and even then are only allowed within the final 12 hours of an auction. Anyone posting links to auctions with longer than 12 hours to run will have their ad deleted and will be banned from the forums for three days. Ads promoting Ebay auctions must be prefixed with ‘EBAY‘
eg – EBAY – Easton monkey lite bars
Please respect users’ Ads. If you have no intention of buying an item then please refrain from posting comments on the ad. If you have genuine concerns about an ad then report it to the moderators. Posting seemingly helpful comments about an item being cheaper elsewhere often upsets the original poster and spoils their ad. If you genuinely want to help the seller or potential buyer then contact them directly off forum.
If you feel that your ad has been spoiled by a third party then use the ‘Report this’ link on the post in question to alert the moderators. The moderators will then look at the reported post and decide if action needs to be taken. Moderators will not be proactive with this rule. They will only act if a post is reported to them using the ‘Report this’ function and only if the report is from the OP.
If we agree that a post is an Ad Spoiler then we will warn the user, delete their posts and any subsequent replies in order to do our best to return the ad to it’s pre-spoiled state. Repeat offenders risk a ban from the forum.
Paying A Private Seller – Be Safe!
With all private sales you need to apply some common sense when arranging payment to another forum user. Paypal is the most popular method of making payment for a private sale but be aware that there are different services offered by Paypal with different associated risks. Sending a payment via Paypal is usually not cost free. Paypal take a commission from one party or the other. This commission payment does offer a limited amount of protection for the payer in the result of a dispute over the transaction. You can however, make a commission free payment by sending payment as a ‘Gift’. be aware that in the case of a dispute Paypal will offer no protection at all if you choose this method of making payment.
Unless you know and trust the recipient we strongly advise against using Paypal Gift as a way of making payment to a seller. Paypal Gift transactions offer NO PROTECTION in the case of a dispute over a sale.
If you are posting goods then understand that it is the seller’s responsibility to ensure the goods arrive at their destination. If it goes missing in the post then it’s the seller’s responsibility to deal with the situation.
Registered post, Special Delivery, Courier are good ways to ensure that you can prove the goods arrived. Ordinary 1st or 2nd class post offers very little protection or proof of delivery for the seller. We strongly advise that you at least get proof of postage of the item however, please note that even with proof of postage, if the item goes missing or is damaged in transit then it is still the responsibility of the seller to either replace the items or refund the buyer. High value items sent via courier or standard post should always be insured against loss or damage.
By participating in the selling or buying of any private sale you are entering into a contract with the buyer or seller only. Singletrack cannot take any responsibility for items that are mis-sold, go missing or are damaged. We cannot and will not arbitrate on sales between private individuals.
If It Goes Wrong
If something goes wrong then in the first instance contact the other party FIRST. Try to resist the temptation to go to the forum first and post details of your dispute – it rarely helps solve the problem and often causes the other party to entrench themselves in their position. Contact the other party and calmly explain your issue. The vast majority of buyers and sellers are reasonable people who will do everything they can to resolve issues with their sales if you give them the opportunity to put things right. Please also remember that you are dealing with a private seller (If you suspect they are otherwise trading then let us know and we will investigate) and not Amazon. Be realistic in your expectations on delivery.
Our classifieds forum is strictly for private sellers only. Ads representing goods or services from any commercial business are not allowed under any circumstances. Disregarding this rule is likely to attract a very lengthy ban.
For more details of advertising on our website contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some names have a ‘P’ beside their name. Why?
Premier Account holders user names have a ‘P’ displayed beside their name. Premier users are users who have subscribed to access the extra features of our website from digital issues of Singletrack to the ability to reduce the number of ads displayed on each page of the site. This is a paid for service and as such we hold verified account information that includes a full postal address. Now, while we will never give out any personal information to ANY third party apart from relevant authorities with a rightful legal claim (eg. Police or authorities with a warrant), these users ARE known to us and we may contact them on your behalf.
Please note that being a Premier User is not a guarantee of a safe transaction and Singletrack does not accept liability or loss as a result of any transaction brokered by our website.
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