6: Buying and selling
New members may post items for sale on the appropriate ordinary forums straight away, subject to Mod approval. Access to the UIE is granted only after the newcomer's first three posts have been approved.
The Used Instruments Exchange (UIE) is a separate forum dedicated strictly to members' buy/sell/trade notices concerning used instruments and related material. We highly encourage its use. You may post your topic there once by starting your own thread; you must be the OP (original post[er]), so do not piggyback onto another's topic, or your post will be deleted. You may cross-link it once with one other forum, as appropriate to that instrument. So for instance, if it's about a flute, then you may post that fact in the UIE and link from the Flute Forum; if it's about a fiddle, then post in the UIE and link from the Traditional Strings Forum, etc. Please do not post such notices to more than the two forums in question. If your notice lists multiple items in various categories, please confine yourself to the UIE.
Under special circumstances, 3rd-party sales in the UIE will be permissible ONLY IF 1) the poster takes on the full role of broker, fielding all matters such as communications, shipping, tax, and so on as proxy for the actual owner; 2) the poster gives full disclosure of his/her role as agent; and 3) a moderator grants approval, which should also be declared in the sale. These strictures do not apply to sales in other forums outside the UIE, although moderator approval is probably still a good thing to have on your side.
Responses to topics in the UIE should be private, by PM or email only. Public replies to topics in the UIE are not allowed as a rule; however, in rare exceptions this may be relaxed to let some public replies stand because their contribution clearly outweighs their waywardness. Note that we said "rare", so please remember to stick to PMs and email for your UIE inquiries; public replies in the UIE will normally be summarily deleted, and likely without notice. Moderatorially allowed exceptions will be noted as such.
Upon the OP's notice of transaction or withdrawal, an active topic will be moved to Sold and Old; inactive topics in the UIE will be removed to Sold and Old after about roughly two weeks, whichever case comes first. To keep a topic active in the UIE, the OP may bump the topic by means of posts to that purpose, once a week. How you word it is up to you, but "Bump" remains the popular go-to. Updates on price and other directly substantive info are more than just regular bumps due to their immediately pertinent nature, so these are not constrained by the once-a-week rule (and no, cajolery does not count; that's just a tarted-up regular bump). The two-week window will then run from the latest bump. OPs should also indicate when the item is sold or withdrawn so that the Mods can archive the topic.
The owner and moderators of this board cannot get involved in resolving disputes about sales and transactions that occur as a result of members' communications here. We're not responsible for the credibility of buyers or sellers and we are obviously in no position to vouch for them. This applies not only to transactions resulting from the UIE, but also to items bought as a result of Commercial Posts (see below). Just as with any other venue elsewhere, if you buy and sell based on contacts made through this website you are, in the end, on your own.