Item may be too far from your current location
◈ NO CHECKS PLEASE
There was an incident in a neighboring FB swap where the seller accepted a check from a buyer "in good faith"... turns out the check was bad. Not only is the seller out the money, she's also lost the item she was selling.
Sellers, PLEASE do not accept checks!
Buyers, PLEASE bring cash (preferably the exact amount)!
If you don't have any mutual friends with a member, I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND meeting in a public place (ex: in the parking lot of the police station... joking... sort of... it's not a bad idea )
Make sure the product works before you hand over your hard earned money! If you're buying something that needs batteries, bring some just in case... it's very disappointing to get home with a new toy that "just needs new batteries" only to find out, even with new batteries, it doesn't work!
As always, if you have a bad experience with a member, TELL US! VarageSale has this nifty little feature for admins which allows us to leave notes on members (only we can see these notes, sorry guys). Every complaint is documented. Repeat offenders will be "handled." Remember, we can't fix it if we don't know it's broken
Some disturbing news regarding ticket sales has been brought to our attention and we feel the need to warn you about it....
At any time, season ticket holders can call the box office and report their tickets as "lost or stolen."
If this is done, the authentic, hologramed, expensive ticket that you have purchased will become INVALID. When it is scanned at the gate, you will be told the tickets are "no good."
Meanwhile... the season ticket holder you purchased the tickets from, will have a brand new pair of (valid) tickets waiting for them at the ticket window. Yes... they will walk away with YOUR hard earned money AND get to watch the game!
Please know in the year we have been open, this is the FIRST time this has been reported. There have been PLENTY of successful ticket sales with NO reported incidents. Unfortunately, there is always one "bad apple" that puts you on alert. Obviously, this apple has been plucked from our tree
Buying tickets is a HUGE risk. Should you chose to take that risk, we (the admins) are NOT liable.
If at all possible, I would recommend buying from a member with a mutual friend (who can vouch for the seller). You can also look into ticket-masters ticket exchange... from what I can gather, this is the safest way to transfer tickets (and transferring them is free).
◈ CELL PHONES
If you are buying a used phone, please ask for the ESN, IMEI or MEID number and run it through http://swappa.com/esn to see if it has been stolen.
It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED you meet at the providers store and make sure the phone can be turned on (there could be an outstanding balance on the phone which would not allow it to be turned on).
Please remember, the this is a "buyer beware" marketplace.
We can not make the seller give you back your money.
◈ CUSTOM ORDERS
When taking custom orders, we highly recommend taking a deposit (before work begins on the order) and providing the member with a receipt and a date the order will be completed.
◈ KEEP YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT OPEN
Our concern is, if we don't stay linked to Facebook, we become nothing more than a glorified Craigslist with admins.
I stopped using Craigslist because I didn't like not knowing who I was corresponding with and who I was inviting into my home (there were some items that were just too large to load up and bring to Winn Dixie, like our old sofa and loveseat).
I started using Facebook because there was a "personal touch."
Truthfully, we wouldn't have *this* swap if it hadn't been for Facebook (and we wouldn't have all these members without Facebook).
We (the admins) check out every member we accept. We use member's Facebook profiles to weed out spam and people who don't live near here. If we take that requirement away, we open ourselves up to the spammers and people who post really cute items but it's 3hrs (round trip) to get them.
If we don't stay linked to Facebook we open ourselves up to shady sellers. It's a lot harder to close down your *real* Facebook account (because that means losing all your pics and friends) then it is for you to close down a phony account (with no friends or pics). It's a lot easier to track down a member who has a real account, but blocked you, than it is to track down an account that doesn't exist anymore and the seller's name was "Jane Shopsalot."
There are also the people we've banned because they were *BAD* members. Removing that requirement would give us no way of protecting y'all from them. Nothing would prevent them from opening a phony account and getting in (and trust me, they have tried... a few times).
We really hope this helps explain our reasoning behind this "silly" requirement
As for privacy... VS will NEVER post to Facebook on your behalf.
Comments/posts made on VarageSale will NOT appear in your friends newsfeed... not even if they're a member too (unlike Facebook).
VarageSale will NOT send out invitations for your friends to join too (like those games on Facebook do).
Actions on VarageSale are completely independent of your Facebook account. Actually, your friends won't even be able to tell you use it.
If you choose to (please read that again, IF *YOU* CHOOSE TO) you can invite friends to join and there is an option to post your VS items on your Facebook wall.
If YOU CHOOSE TO share on your Facebook wall, a little Facebook box will appear... you will have to choose who can see the post and there's an option for a comment (so, it's not like you will accidentally post on your Facebook wall and be completely off guard; you will know and you will be given plenty opportunity to back out).
If YOU CHOOSE TO invite friends to join, a Facebook box will appear and you'll have I scroll through and select friends then send them a message (so, again, you will not accidentally use these features; you'll be well aware).
We'd love to see y'all do both so we can get more exposure... we'd love to get back up to 6,000 members again. But we COMPLETELY understand if you don't want to and we want you to know it won't happen (unless you chose to, of course).
Updated: November 20, 2015
Tags: mustread, rules, Facebook account, checks, custom orders, cell phones, tickets
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