Frequently Asked Questions

Coupon Sizes
What size coupons are accepted

Coupon Max Width 601. Max width in pixels. 

Coupon Max Height 601. Max height in pixels. 

Coupon JPEG Quality 75 JPEG quality setting. Recommended value is 70.

Coupon Thumbnail Max Width 121 Max width in pixels. 

Coupon Thumbnail Max Height 121 Max height in pixels. 

Coupon Thumbnail JPEG Quality 30 JPEG quality setting. Recommended value is 70

Creating & Managing Listings
Do I have to register to use the site?

No. You can browse and search for ads without registering. You should still register, to save time, as the site will remember various preferences for you. If you want to create ads, you will need to register.  When you register, you are sent an email to validate your registration. Click the link in the email to approve and activate the account

Do I Have to Register to Create Listings?

Yes. You must be a registered user to create listings. Registration is free.

What Category Should I Put My listing In?

Choose the category that best fits.

I created a listing, but it does not show up in search results. Why?

You need to run your listing. Go to My Account and click on Run to the left of the listing you wish to run. The system will ask for your credit card information, and your listing will run as soon as your payment is processed.

I sold my stuff. How do I stop my listing from running?

From the My Account page, click on the Stop link to the left of the listing.

My pictures will not load.

If your images load very slowly or not at all they may be too high of a resolution. Try reducing the image file size or contact us for assistance.

My pictures are visible in my set-up dashboard but they do not show up in the actual ad.

Make sure that you have an image in the first position. If an image is not uploaded into the first photo position, NONE of the photos will appear in the ad.

Phishing Scams
I think I received a scam email.

Scammers are everywhere. If it seems weird it probably is. I suggest you do not reply. If it is legitimate, they will recontact or call.

Basic ways of identifying a scammer

1. Grammar is poor or generic. "I am contacting you about your item".

2. Words are misspelled.

3. No phone number.

If you identify a scammer DO NOT REPLY or engage them

The “Price Too Good to Be True” scam.

In this scam, a prospective buyer sees a vintage camper trailer for a price well below market value. When the buyer contacts the seller, he or she is notified that the seller and the merchandise is outside of the country and will arrange for shipment of the merchandise upon receipt of payment, most often via wire transfer (such as Western Union) or bank-to-bank transfer (for very large payments). When the money is transferred and collected, the “seller” breaks contact and the buyer is out the money.

The overpayment scam.

A legitimate seller posts merchandise for sale. He or she is then contacted by a prospective “buyer” (really a scammer) who offers to send a cashier’s check immediately plus additional funds to cover shipment of the merchandise overseas. When the check arrives, the seller is instructed to deposit it and wire the overage to the “shipper.” When this is done and the wire transfer picked up, the “buyer” breaks contact and the seller is left on the hook to their bank for the fraudulent check and the missing funds. 

Escrow scam.

Many consumers are rightfully wary of sending large amounts of money to someone they’ve never met. Scammer frequently recommend the use of fake “escrow” services that will hold funds involved in the transaction until both parties are satisfied that the transaction has been completed. In a typical scam, a legitimate buyer will be approached by a scammer selling merchandise usually priced well below market value. The scam seller will offer to ship the item and stating that there is no risk of fraud due to the “escrow” service, purportedly eBay, PayPal, or another service. Once the money is transferred, contact is broken (or sometimes additional funds are requested to cover “unforeseen” events). In any case, the legitimate buyer never receives the merchandise and loses their money.

How to avoid online-buying scams.
  • NEVER wire money or use a bank-to-bank transfer in a transaction.
  • ALWAYS try to deal locally when buying or selling high-value merchandise
  • DO NOT sell or buy a merchandise from someone who is unable or unwilling to meet you face to face.
  • NEVER buy merchandise that you have not seen in real life and had inspected by a trusted friend or someone who knows what they are looking at. 
  • WAIT until a check (personal, cashier’s, certified, or otherwise) has cleared the bank to transfer title or the merchandise. Funds being made available by a bank DOES NOT mean the check is not counterfeit. Clearing a check can take days or weeks depending on the financial institutions involved. Check with your bank about their particular processes for clearing checks.
  • NEVER trust a seller or buyer who says that the transaction is GUARANTEED by eBay, Craigslist, PayPal, or other online marketplace. These sites explicitly DO NOT guarantee that people using their services are legitimate.
  • BEWARE of sellers or buyers who want to conclude a transaction as quickly as possible. Scammers want to get your money before you have time to think or have a professional examine the deal.
  • CALL the buyer or seller to establish phone contact. If the buyer or seller seems to neglect details agreed to via e-mail or is unable to answer questions about their location or the location of the merchandise in question, it is likely to be a scam.
  • ALWAYS trust your instincts. If a deal feels “fishy” or sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Plenty of people use online classified ads to buy and sell merchandise every day. The vast majority of these transactions are legitimate and go smoothly. Losing out on a “great” deal in order to work with someone you trust could save you big in avoiding a possible scam.
Picture Sizes
What sizes pictures are accepted?

Listing Photos - Max Width 1200. Max width in pixels.

Listing Photos - Max Height 675. Max height in pixels. 

Listing Photos - JPEG Quality 70 JPEG quality setting. Recommended value is 70.

Listing Thumbnail Photos - Max Width 401. Max width in pixels. 

Listing Thumbnail Photos - Max Height 301. Max height in pixels.

Listing Thumbnail Photos - JPEG Quality 70 JPEG quality setting. Recommended value is 70.

Pricing & Payment
How much do listings cost?

Please see our Pricing page for information about listing plans.

If you subscribe to the Social Ether Magazine you save 20% off all of your classified ads. The current coupon code is published on the home page.

How Long Does a Listing Run?

Please see our Pricing page for information about listing plans.

I don't want my name, phone number or email address to appear on your site. What should I do?

To hide all of your personal information when creating a listing, just do the following:

1. Answer "NO" to the question "Include Profile with Listing"

2. Do not enter your street address or phone number on the listing

This will keep all of your personal information private. 

Someone interested in your listing will be able to contact you via anonymous email using the "Contact Advertiser" link on the site. The email address you enter for a listing is NOT shown on the site - it is used by the site to route anonymous contact requests to your email without making your email address visible to others.

If all my information is private how can a buyer contact me?

When your ad appears, instead of showing your contact information the following appears: "This seller has chosen to remain private. You may contact this seller via anonymous email by clicking here." The prospective buyer completes an on-line form and the system sends you an email without revealing your information to the prospective buyer.

What is your privacy policy?

See Privacy Policy for details.

Do I have to register to use the site?

No. You can browse and search ads without registering. You should still register, to save time, as the site will remember various preferences for you. If you want to create ads, you will need to register. Registration is FREE.

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