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Trade Forum Policies and Information

Discussion in 'UO Trader's Hall' started by Captn Norrington, Mar 9, 2016.

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  1. Captn Norrington

    Captn Norrington Stratics Forum Moderator
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    In addition to the Stratics Rules of Conduct, posts on the trade forums are subject to the following rules to ensure that all users have a fair, competitive opportunity to present in-game items for sale.

    It is strongly preferred for the best interest of potential buyers and for future public reference purposes that prices and bids for items listed on Stratics be made publicly in the sales thread.

    It is also strongly preferred that posts for not be 'blanked', with the body and subject of the posts left visible for future reference. There is a "Sold" tag which you can use to properly list that an item has been sold.

    Sales and auction threads must primarily consist of items consistent with the forum topic.

    Sellers and auctioneers may not 'bump' a thread more than 1 time every 24 hours.
    • For this context, a 'bump' is defined as a post devoid of any content or meaning other than to raise a post to the top of the forum.
    • Deleted bumps can be seen by the moderators, and still count towards the 1-per-24 hour limit.
    • Posts announcing the addition or removal of items will also be considered a 'bump', and are subject to the same 1-per-24 hour limit.
    • Posts that add content or contribute meaningfully to the sale or auction are permitted and encouraged, but a pattern of posting such content in a way that intentionally and systematically circumvents the bump rule may be treated as excessive bumping.
    • There is no restriction on the amount of updates within the last hour of an auction.
    A single poster may have no more than 5 active auctions and/or sales (in any combination) threads in any one section of the trade forums at any given time.
    • An "active" sale is one that was posted or bumped by the seller within the past 2 weeks and which has not been marked "sold".
    • An auction is "active" until its end date.
    • Posts listed as "auctions" must meet these criteria:
      • An auction is defined as a sale in which goods are sold to the highest bidder, in which the reserve and buyout price are not the same, and where a specific end time and date is given.
      • All auctions must begin at the time of posting, and end no later than 30 days after the date of the first post in the auction thread.
    Conducting any of the following commercial activities on Stratics is prohibited without permission of the Senior Leadership Team:
    • RMT or selling virtual goods for any real world currency.
    • Contracting to or hiring other users for out of game activities paid with in-game currency or items.
    • Contracting to or hiring other users for in-game activities paid for with any real world currency.
    • Sale or trade of game time or other game codes.
    • Sale or trade of game accounts for any game.
    • Sale or trade of items known to be illegal to own in game.
    All transactions are made at the user's own risk. Stratics can not enforce the completion of any trade offer and makes no guarantees in regards to items traded.
    • Stratics staff can not and will not arbitrate or mediate any trade disputes.
    • As trade disputes can not be mediated or resolved on the forums, they should be kept to private channels. Please see the Rules of Conduct section under Trolling, Personal Attacks, and Harassment for further clarification of accusations and airing public grievances.

    Effective date: 5/20/2016
     
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    Captn Norrington Stratics Forum Moderator
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    Description of Each of the Trade Forums

    UO Traders Hall

    Ultima Online (UO) Traders Hall is a place to trade cross-shard, get price checks, and discuss trade. If your trade consists of multiple shards, please use this forum.

    UO Rares Collector

    This forum is for the buying and selling of all rare items that are no longer obtainable in the game. This forum is also for price checks on rare items and discussions about rare items. Any items that still spawn should not be bought or sold in this forum unless they are part of a bulk auction where the majority of items are no longer spawning. Any items that can currently be crafted by a player should not be sold in this forum, it does not matter how good they are.

    UO Non-Rares Trade

    This forum is for the buying and selling of all non-rare items. This forum should not be used for price checks on any items, or discussions about any items. Price checks and discussions on non-rare items should be placed in the UO Traders Hall forum.

    UO Holiday Trading

    This forum is for the trading of all holiday items. Price checks and discussions about the current holiday items also belong in this forum.

    If you happen to post a thread in the wrong forum, the moderators will move it to the correct forum for you and notify you of the move.

    Auction Advice

    · Create auction rules. This is very important to avoid misunderstandings. Clearly indicate how the bidding process will work (time-bound, minimum bid increments, reserve price, buyout price, etc.). Be as clear as possible about the rules and try to stick to the rules as much as possible.

    · Provide all the pertinent information regarding the items up for auction (name, color, sound effect, what it does when double clicked, etc.).

    · Try to format the thread in an easy to read manner, and update what the current highest bid is at least once per day if possible.

    · It is the right of the auctioneer to request that people do not partake in off-topic discussions within the auction thread. It is also the right of the auctioneer to request that a moderator remove all off-topic posts from the thread.

    · Respect the auction rules created by the auctioneer and make sure to honor your bids.

    Guidelines for safer trading

    1. Research the seller through their Stratics profile, view threads they have traded in and the responses of their trading partners.

    2. Contact previous trade partners via private message and request a reference.

    3. Always trade in a secure environment, like a Trammel town. Do not trade in Felucca.

    4. If possible, use an NPC player owned vendor to complete the trade.

    5. If using a broker ensure it is someone you trust. Be in contact with the broker through another source, like ICQ, to verify their identity. Brokers can be impersonated.

    6. When using a broker, make sure to have the broker fully explain the process to you. Different brokers conduct trades in different ways, some which protect the seller more, and some which protect the buyer more.

    7. If conducting a trade at your house with someone you do not know, make sure that you do not unlock anything while they are there. They could steal the items you unlock.

    8. It is highly recommended that both the buyer and seller maintain a record of all conversations involving the trade. This is because in the case that something goes wrong with the trade, both of the involved parties will have a record of what occurred to use as they see fit.
     
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    The original post has been updated to reflect the current rules.

    Effective as of May 20th 2016.
     
    #4 Captn Norrington, Mar 31, 2016
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