Some Suggestions & Guidelines for Swap Transactions:
We've put together some
buy/sell guidelines as suggestions for how people might minimize misunderstandings
when making transactions on our Swap Boards. Most of these aren't
"rules," just some suggestions to consider for doing business
on these boards with people you don't know.
To read "the rules" for the Swap Boards, click here
If you're a seller, please put
your e-mail address in your post so that buyers can contact you. Swap board transactions are conducted by private email, not on the board, and any ads without a valid email address will be removed.
When your product is sold, please
post ASAP under your original ad to inform people that it's been sold (so
that others don't waste time writing to you).
Sellers may wish to send items
C.O.D. to insure that they get their money. Alternatively, sellers
often ask to receive a check or money order prior to sending out the materials.
Many sellers will ask that the check they receive clear the bank before they
send out the materials.
Communication is the key
to avoiding misunderstandings. We strongly suggest that
buyer and seller contact each other by e-mail at the occurance of each
of the following events:
when the buyer has sent a check;
when the seller has received
when the check has cleared
(if the seller requires this);
when the seller mails out the
when the buyer receives the
Hang onto the e-mail addresses
of anyone you are doing business with, so you can contact them later if needed.
Shipping times vary greatly.
Many sellers send via Book Rate, and depending on locations, it can take from
1 to 6 weeks to get your books. Remember that not all sellers can get
out to the post office right away, and it may be appropriate to send a gentle
reminder asking whether they've sent out your order yet.
Please don't use ALL CAPS when
writing your subject in your posts.
Know that most people are in it
for the long haul, and over time buyers and sellers get to know each other
by reputation. Your efforts to be considerate of others will be rewarded
by a good reputation, and probably many good transactions over a long time.
If you've had a problem with someone,
and you've tried to contact them to resolve it, and you've given a few days
to hear back but have not, you may post on the Swap Problems
board. Keep in mind, though, that while from time to time there may
have been an individual who ripped off someone else, the vast majority of
people using these boards are trustworthy. People do forget, or get
busy, or leave town for a week, and there are often good reasons why you haven't
heard back right away. So please go the extra mile to give someone the
benefit of the doubt before offering a public opinion that you've been treated
For those who may be considering
ripping others off, just understand that it's a felony to use the U.S. Mail
to defraud people, and police will get involved in these situations, even
when the amount in question is modest.
VegSource is not responsible for
transactions conducted on the swap boards. We will try to help when there
is a problem, but all such issues are strictly between the buyers and sellers.