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 to the Ellensburg Swap Meet VarageSale Community!
Rules (VarageSale & Ellensburg Swap Meet (ESM)
VarageSale community rules:
Buyers and Sellers must be over the age of 18 or have parental or legal guardian supervision when buying or selling any Item through the VarageSale Platform.
Let’s create a positive local community spirit! Please be courteous and nice with one another.
Transactions are between the buyer and seller only. Admins do not get involved in member transactions and cannot dictate to a member who they should sell to or buy from.
Please do not post items that are prohibited on VarageSale, including but not limited to counterfeit/replica items, regulated items (weapons, alcohol, tobacco) and gambling-related items. You can see the full list of prohibited items here: http://help.varagesale.com/article/371-what-items-are-not-allowed.
Small businesses are limited to one ad posted in the Small Business Directory. Any small business posts found outside of this category (including direct sales such as Tupperware, Scentsy, etc.) will be removed.
When posting a car seat, you must include the manufacture and/or expiration date in the item description for safety reasons (this can usually be found on a sticker under the seat). Car seats that have been in an accident are illegal for resale.
[Selling of] Household pets are not permitted. This includes but is not limited to dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets; rodents such as gerbils and hamsters; avian pets, such as canaries, and parrots; reptile pets, such as turtles, lizards and snakes; aquatic pets, such as goldfish and frogs; and arthropod pets, such as tarantulas and hermit crabs. [See "Pet policy" below, for more information].
ESM NOTE: VS Corporate Office discourages the re-homing of pets but leaves it to the discretion of each community admin.
Have fun and happy shopping!
VS TOS (Terms of Service):
ESM COMMUNITY RULES IN BRIEF:
(For complete detailed rules see Terms & Conditions below.)
TRAVEL TO ELLENSBURG: We expect those in outlying communities to be willing to travel to Ellensburg for any exchanges.
NO CHARGING OF TRAVEL FEES: No charging of fees to cover the expense of traveling to Ellensburg. (See #1).
NO COMMERCIAL OR BUSINESS SELLING: No commercial or business selling, advertising, reviews, recommendations and requests. This group is for local PERSONAL exchanges only. (Small businesses are the exception)> [Small businesses are limited to one ad posted in the Small Business Directory. Any small business posts found outside of this category (including direct sales such as Tupperware, Scentsy, etc.) will be removed.]
USE REAL NAME & FACE HEADSHOT PROFILE PICTURE: All members must use their REAL name on their profile, are only allowed 1 profile in the group, and must have a headshot profile picture of yourself that clearly shows your face. We should not be able to see your shoulders in this picture, only your face. (NOTE: This can now be done within the VarageSale platform and has no effect on your Facebook page . This helps buyers and sellers clearly identify who they are meeting with, and helps to promote community trust. The whole idea of the Facebook/VS connection is to provide a more safe means of buying and selling in our community.
CORRECT CATEGORY: All item items must be posted to the correct category.
ONE POST PER ITEM, PER CATEGORY: Post your for sale, ISO, garage sale, etc., just once and only in one category. Duplicates will be deleted.
STATE PRICE: All item sales must state an asking price. Bidding is not allowed. If it's For Sale, please do not post it as Free. Use one of the prices of one of the items in the grouping, or post each item individually in separate posts.
MARK ITEM SOLD: Once you have bought/sold/found your item, please mark your post Sold/Found to keep our pages tidy. NOTE: (Mark it Sold/Found, do not delete the item. VS will delete it after 7 days. They use this information to help them figure out how well they're doing). If your yard sale is over, remove it/mark it Sold.
DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR: Members who are found to be disruptive, rule-breaking, or in blatant disregard of the peaceful operations of (VarageSale/Ellensburg Swap Meet) VS/ESM, will receive one warning prior to banning (2nd strike results in being banned). Banning will be at the sole discretion of the admin panel.
ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES: Any member found to be conducting illegal activities via VS/ESM will be permanently banned from the group. Illegal activities may be reported to authorities by admins or other members of the group.
NO SHOWS: Members reported three times as No-Shows (without contacting the other party) will have their account suspended for 30 days. After that period they may request the removal of that suspension.
HOME-PREPARED FOODS: Homemade, baked, canned or otherwise prepared foods are not allowed due to Health Department regulations and controls. (Including, but not limited to, Kombucha & Sourdough starter).
UNDERCUTTING, BIDDING &/or PIGGYBACKING: Undercutting and/or "piggybacking" is not allowed. If you have a similar item to sell, please make your own post, do not advertise it on someone else's post.
RESPOND TO YOUR POSTS: When people inquire about your post, respond to them in a timely manner.
HIDDEN TREASURES (etc.): If you have Commission items in the Hidden Treasures store in town, they are not permitted. (It's considered a business post, which is restricted to the Small Business Directory. See number for the VS rules above).
YARD/GARAGE SALES: State the complete date (example: Fri-Sun June 2-4, 2017), hours, and address. When it's over, remove the post.
STOCK PHOTOS: All items are expected to be on hand and therefore a photo of the actual item should be shown. If you want to add a stock photo as an additional photo that is okay. (ISO and Small Business Directory is exempted from this rule).
COMPLY WITH THE LAWS: ALL items MUST comply with Local, State and Federal laws.
ESM TERMS AND CONDITIONS
PURPOSE OF ELLENSBURG SWAP MEET:
Ellensburg Swap-meet (ESM) is for buying, selling, trading, giving away, or requesting second-hand, handcrafted, or homegrown items. The term "swapping" covers all of these exchange types and the active facilitating of, and making, the exchange. All posts must be swap related or will be removed by admin's without notice.
ESM USE EXPECTATIONS
Members are expected to:
• abide by the rules
• set prices on their items
• give accurate and truthful descriptions of their items
• follow through with commitments and meet-ups
• be willing to travel to Ellensburg for any exchanges
• and conduct themselves in a mature and professional manner
All members are also expected to follow all federal, state, and local laws, and the rules and policies set forth in this document. Any member suspected of illegal activities may be reported to the appropriate authorities by another member, group admins, and may be removed from the ESM/VS group.
USE OF REAL NAMES
Purpose: It is against Facebook Policy to use a false name or to have more than one account. ESM provides a function to the local community members that involves personal and face-to-face connections. For the safety and security of our members and our community, we require all members to use their real names, and only one account. This is also why VS requires a Facebook page in order to join.
Allowed: Real full names, first name and last initial, first initial and last name, middle names and use of your profile "alternate name" are allowed as long as it is your REAL name or initials.
Not Allowed: Business accounts, multiple profiles, false names.
**Consequences: New memberships with false or suspicious names will be rejected or asked for confirmation. Current members found using a fake name or multiple accounts will be given an option to fix it, or be removed from the group.
SALES REGULATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
All item sales must state an asking price. Bidding is not allowed.
Sellers have the right to set their asking prices, refuse an offer, and choose who they will and won't deal with (buyers too).
Undercutting and/or "piggybacking" is not allowed. If you have a similar item to sell, please make your own post, do not advertise it on someone else's post.
BUYER BEWARE & SELLER BE HONEST
Ellensburg Swap Meet and it's admins are not liable for any condition of items, terms of sales, or actions of the group members. Buyers are expected to do their own research, check out the items before buying them, or accept the price and condition of an item "as-is". Sellers are encouraged to fix any situation where their buyers are unhappy with a transaction, however, all exchanges are private sales and are not subject to any regulation by the admins. Maintain your swap reputation by being cooperative and honest. This is a small community, and people WILL talk.
Lost or found pet photos must be posted in the 'Lost & Found' category. The person who makes the post must be in contact with the owner or person who found the animal so they can confirm if the pet has been returned to it's home.
Re-homing a pet without a fee is allowed but the sale of house pets (not livestock) is prohibited. Please understand that this restriction is to reduce irresponsible breeding of dogs and cats. Please re-home pets responsibly…make sure the new home is a safe, pet-loving place.
FOOD PRODUCTS POLICY
ESM permits the sale of homegrown produce and pre-packaged consumable foods, however, members are responsible for selling and buying foods that are safe for consumption.
Do not sell expired food, and buyers should use caution when buying sealed or OPEN packages of food products.
HOME-PREPARED FOOD /PRODUCT S
Homemade, baked, canned or otherwise prepared foods are not allowed due to Health Department regulations and controls. (Including, but not limited to, Kombucha).