Created by a mom and thriving all over North America and around the world, VarageSale helps families find incredible local deals and earn extra spending money selling their stuff. Each community is managed by a team of admins who are devoted to fostering a friendly and welcoming environment. Code of Conduct
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Welcome all new members! The guidelines below are meant to keep a safe, happy and effective buying and selling community:
Always be courteous and respectful to fellow members, admins and VS support!
Please edit your location in “preferences” to include a sub-location. Your location is the city where you reside. The sub-location should be NEAR where you are willing to meet within Katy, TX. It can be a specific place, subdivision and/or major cross streets. Examples of a sub-location: Fry/99, Katy Mills Mall, Cinco Ranch, etc.
No one on Facebook can see this location! Only members of your VarageSale groups can see your location. Please contact an admin if you have any questions or concerns.
Katy, TX is a large geographic area. Sharing a nearby location cuts down on the number of private messages between buyer and seller as well as keeps transactions local.
For ease of selling all post's should include:
• PHOTO (one) • PRICE (Do not leave blank for "Make an Offer" as this leads to "auctions/bidding" (rule 7)
• LOCATION TO MEET (optional)
For your safety, please do not share personal information such as the date and time of transaction, phone number, make of car, etc. within the post. Only share this in a PM (private message) when a buyer is determined. Sharing a nearby location cuts down on the number of private messages between buyer and seller as well as keeps transactions local.
BUMP timer is automatically set 2 days. If another member posts a comment or if you change the price of your item, then your item bumps to the top automatically. The bump timer would start again. Bumps are made by clicking the blue arrow to the upper right of your post.
NO MAXIMUM ITEMS! Post as many items as you like! But….
ONLY ONE (1) PHOTO PER ITEM. If you have more than one view of an item, use an online collage program or find a free app for your phone like PicCollage. Additional photos may be posted in the comments under the main photo or sent in a private message to a potential buyer.
NO AUCTIONS, BIDDING OR HIJACKING POSTS.
NO LINKS ALLOWED except 1) by admins directed to VarageSale training videos, etc. and, 2) one link per ad in the Small Business Directory (SBD).
NO DOUBLE POSTING (in more than one category). Please only post your item one (1) time in one (1) appropriate category. Please choose the category that you feel best describes your item.
BUSINESS POSTINGS: We are pleased to announce our new Small Business Directory (SBD)! Feel free to add your small business graphic or business card. You may include one link in your ad. This category cannot be bumped and does not post to the main feed. However, it can be searched; so, please remember to write a descriptive title and description so it shows up in the SEARCH!
NOTE: Local businesses making handmade items (i.e. tamales, cakes, and more) may list items for sale in the HANDMADE ITEMS category with a photo, price, and location to meet within Katy. Group your photos together instead of having multiple pictures clogging up the feed. These businesses may add:¬ “PM me for more items”. Links are prohibited! These businesses may ALSO list an ad in the SMALL BUSINESS DIRECTORY category, as well.
COMMUNITY EVENTS: Upcoming garage sales, school events, fundraisers, etc. should be listed under “Community Events” category. No links allowed in this category per VS. No events allowed that push other selling sites. Your Garage sales and such DO NOT go under the discussion category.
USING GOOD JUDGEMENT
--->"Interested" means you are thinking about buying that item. However, you cannot think forever. The seller gets to decide the exact time to wait for you. We recommend 4 hours MINIMUM. If you, buyer, are not "on the computer all day" then don't put interested until you are ready to be online. The idea is for the seller to move their items, not get hung up waiting on you to respond.
--->You do have the right to pass on an item once you see it.
--->Do not make unreasonable demands. Demanding that a buyer pickup the item within hours (for no reason) is unreasonable.
--->Be ethical on all of your transactions. This will be strictly enforced. It is illegal in the US to buy or sell counterfeit items of any brand. Even if you say "replica" on your ad. You cannot sell them.
13.. STRICTLY PROHIBITED ITEMS
*Alcoholic beverages (beer, liquor, wine, etc.).
*Tobacco of any kind
*Firearms or weapons of any kind including knives
*NO ANIMAL Sales
Expired or recall baby items or other items.
Lotto, number guess, raffle, or similar type posts.
Lingerie unless NWT (new with tags)
Uploading documents or videos of any kind.
Illegal or offensive items. If you are unsure if it is offensive, then it probably is!
*Federal Law states that guns may not be sold to persons under 18. Alcohol and tobacco may not be sold to persons under 21. VarageSale and BBBS Katy, TX has no way to determine the age of our buyers and sellers. This is why we cannot allow these items to be sold here.
Please remember you are buying and selling at your own risk.
14.. ADMINS: Your Admin is Lilah Poltz. We do this as community service and because we enjoy buying and selling. We volunteer our time to this group. We will not argue with anyone who is disrespectful and continuously breaks rules; instead, we will deny your membership. This is a free site but your right to use it is not guaranteed.
Admin reserves the right to refuse admittance to the group. Admin has the right to delete or deny any posts, pictures or persons at any time, at their discretion. Admin will deny dishonest users from the site whenever possible.
Thank you for becoming a member of the BBBS Katy, TX / VarageSale community!