The last revision of the marketplace rules were many years ago. So many changes have happened since then, it's about time for an update.

Just keep in mind, there will be no drastic changes to the rules, most of the basic stuff like the username on a piece of paper requirement and the bump timing will remain the same.

If you ever have a question regarding the rules or there is anything that is unclear, you can send a PM to me or any of the marketplace mods / SVs which are listed at the bottom of the page in each of the four marketplace sub-forums.

Thinking you are above the rules just because you are an old member, or because your tradescore is high is NOT acceptable.

For getting the best experience with the PakGamers Marketplace, read the Marketplace 101 for tips.

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If you have been scammed or cheated by a member of PakGamers, please reach out to one of the moderators. If the issue can be resolved and both parties involved are satisfied, then the case is closed. If the issue can not be resolved amicably, or the fraudulent party is not responding, the victim can proceed to contact the relevant authorities.

If you are victim of a scam / fraud or want to report someone for illegal activity online, please look here - FIA National Response Centre for Cyber Crime (NR3C).

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When to NOT contact a member of Team PGs marketplace team:

1) Reporting scams that happened with a PG member, but were dealt with outside of PG have no place here. We will not mediate between buyer and seller.

2) Reporting scams that happened with a banned PG member have no place here. We will not mediate between buyer and seller.

3) Reporting scams that have nothing to do with PG and happened on another site have no place here. We will not mediate between buyer and seller.

If you are victim of a scam / fraud or want to report someone for illegal activity online, please look here - FIA National Response Centre for Cyber Crime (NR3C).

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RULES


1) Thread bumping:

Thread bumps are only allowed ONCE every 96 hours (4 days).
For example, if you post an ad on 5th July at 02:00 PM, the next bump can be posted any time after 9th July at 02:00 PM, and not earlier than that.

Unnecessary bumping will be dealt with strictly. If your product is SOLD, there is no need to bump your thread for it, or make an announcement.
Once the product has sold, you should press the 'Mark Thread as SOLD' button next to the thread title. Alternatively, if you are not on a PC, you can remove the demand, your contact details and the pictures of the item and write 'Item sold' in the main post. -------------------------------------------------------

2) Items allowed for sale in each section:

Computers and hardware:
-PC Parts (CPU / GPU / RAM / Motherboard / HDD / SSD / PSU / PC Casing / Cooling Systems for PCs)
-PC accessories (Keyboards / Mouse / Fans / Gaming Headsets)
-Laptops
-Laptop parts (RAM / HDD / SSD)

Game consoles and accessories:
-Game consoles (Xbox / PlayStation / Nintendo)
-Console game (Discs only)
-Game console accessories (Console stands / Console Gaming headsets)

Mobile phones and accessories:
-Mobile phones (Smartphones / Feature phones) - PTA Approval Status is mandatory for mobile phone ads - Read HERE
-Tablets - PTA Approval Status is mandatory for tablets with SIM slot / cellular functionality - Read HERE
-Smart watches - PTA Approval Status is mandatory for smart watches with SIM slot / cellular functionality (if they have their own IMEIs) - Read HERE
-Mobile phone accessories (Cases / Screen Protectors / Skins / Chargers / Cables / Earphones / Headphones / Docking stations)

Other stuff:
-Watches (Non smart watches can be posted in this section)
-Movies (DVDs / BluRay discs - ORIGINALS only, no pirated copies)
Anything that may have to do with gaming or tech. Use your common sense when posting in this section.
For example if you're going to post an ad for your car, or your old furniture or something along those lines, don't bother. Use a different platform for those items.

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3) Prohibited items:
The following are strictly NOT allowed for sale in any of the sections:

Spoiler: show

-Selling of livestock / pets
-Firearms and ammunition
-Property
-Vehicles
-Memberships of services such as Netflix / Hulu / Amazon Prime / HBO or any other online TV / movie streaming service
-Memberships of VPN services such as PrivateInternetAccess, NordVPN, Express VPN and any other VPN services
-Digital accounts for gaming platforms such as Steam, Origin, Xbox Live or PlayStation Network (PSN)-
-Digital gift cards for Steam / Xbox Live / PlayStation Network (PSN)
-Digital gift cards for any online services
-Digital copies of video games / movies / apps / software
-Payment services for foreign website such as Amazon, eBay and many others
-Balance for PayPal and any other similar services
-Cryptocurrency of any kind
-Websites
-Business investment opportunities
-PTA IMEI approval services (Illegal)
-iCloud lock removal services
-Network unlock services


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4) Picture requirements:

Pictures are required on ALL ads, no matter what. No exceptions. Any threads without pictures will be deleted.
If you say 'Pics will be uploaded in xyz number of hours', your thread will be deleted. Only post the thread when you are completely ready with all the details and pictures.


For members with a tradescore below 10, they will have to upload pictures of their item with their username written on a piece of paper placed next to the item.
See an example HERE

General requirements:

Computers and hardware:
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-PC parts such as CPUs should have pictures of the product itself, along with the box (if available) and proof of the item in working condition (CPU-Z screenshot).
-PC parts such as RAM (Memory) should have pictures of the product itself, along with the box (if available) and proof of the item in working condition (CPU-Z screenshot - Memory tab).
-PC parts such as GPUs should have pictures of the product itself, along with the box (if available) and proof of the item in working condition (GPU-Z screenshot and GPU stress test).
-Storage devices such as HDDs and SSDs should have pictures of the product itself, along with the box (if available), proof of the item in working condition and a thorough health test.


Game consoles and accessories:
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-Game console ads should have pictures of the product itself, along with the box (if available), proof of the item in working condition (plugged into a display and turned on).
-Console game discs should have pictures of the product itself, along with their original boxes, clearly showing the condition of the item.
-Game console accessories should have pictures of the product itself, along with the box (if available) and proof of the item in working condition.


Mobile phones and accessories:
Spoiler: show

-Mobile phone ads should have pictures of the product itself, along with the box (if available), proof of the item in working condition.
-Tablet ads should have pictures of the product itself, along with the box (if available), proof of the item in working condition.
-Smart watch ads should have pictures of the product itself, along with the box (if available), proof of the item in working condition.


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5) Basic ad requirements:

All ads should have a certain amount of information provided so that potential buyers don't have to ask about every little detail.
You can't just post an ad with the name of the product and two pictures and expect to attract buyers.

-Full name and description of the product from the manufacturer
-Model number (if applicable)
-Colour (if applicable)
-Size (if applicable)
-Warranty details (if applicable)
-Description of the condition of the product
-Overall condition rating (on a scale of 1 to 10)
-Location of the seller
-Whether the deal is Hand to Hand (H2H) only or whether out of city buyers are allowed
-Demand for the product and whether or not its negotiable
-A method to contact the seller (Whether PM Inbox or a phone number)
-PTA approval status (for mobile phones and any other device with IMEIs)

Try to follow this format:

Item:
Package includes:
Demand:
Warranty:
Dealing method:
Location:
Contact method:
Item condition:
Pictures:


More detail about the condition of the item is always appreciated by Team PG and the potential buyers. Any little detail about the product that you feel should be mentioned is always a good thing to add.

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6) Posting / discussing in marketplace threads:

Marketplace threads are only meant for the seller to post ads, and bump them when necessary. Nothing more.

Posting in their threads is NOT allowed, and asking questions like 'Bro final price?' or 'Bro can you ship to XYZ city?' is definitely NOT allowed. Any posts will be deleted, unless approved by a moderator.

Negotiating over the price in threads is not allowed either. Any communication between you and the seller should be either through Private Message on the forums, or on their phone number if it has been provided in the thread.

Giving advice is also not allowed since it is still considered as bumping the thread. While your advice may be good, and will be appreciated by the seller, you can't post in their marketplace thread. If you'd like to advise the seller about anything, feel free to send them a private message.

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7) Mini modding:

This is more of an extension of Rule 6, but I still needed to make this a separate rule.

Mini modding will not be tolerated under any circumstances, even if it is in good faith.

Telling someone or demanding that they upload pictures or mention a specific thing in their ad is not your job.

If the ad is still fresh (less than 8 hours old), you could wait for someone from Team PG to notice it. If however it has been missed, PM any of the moderators about it and it will be handled.

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8) Pre-ordering / No immediate availability of item(s):

Having pre-order threads is not allowed. You can not post a thread unless you have the product readily available with you.

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9) Bulk selling:

Selling products in bulk is not allowed. If you are a shopkeeper, this is not the place for you.... YET.
Premium Seller memberships will be available again once the new marketplace is launched, but for now, no new applicants are being accepted.

This includes selling services such as network unlocking, iCloud lock removal, or PTA approval services.

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10) Thread limit:

There will be a limit of 3 threads per member.

You can have a total 3 threads in each marketplace section. Anyone exceeding this limit will have their threads deleted without notice.

Conditions for this rule:
-If marketplace moderators notice a pattern, or find out that you are a shopkeeper / bulk seller, your threads will be removed immediately without notice and your account will be temporarily banned.

-You have to post the threads at least 4 days apart. This way, if they are bumped on time, they will not all be bumped together. If you miss your bump slot, you can't bump ALL your threads together since you will basically occupy the top 3 thread slots in a specific section.

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11) Bumping old threads:

If you post a marketplace thread, and leave it inactive for a period of 3 months or more, and then decide to bump/revive that same thread, it will not be allowed unless you post fresh pictures of the item, or just create a new thread entirely (the previous one will be deleted).

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12) Bidding:

This is not eBay. No bidding will happen.

If you want to negotiate the price, contact the seller PRIVATELY, either through PM or a phone number.

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FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE RULES WILL RESULT IN THE FOLLOWING:

1) Thread deletion without any prior notice

2) Temporary ban (can range anywhere from 1 day to 2 years depending on the severity of the situation)

3) Permanent ban (for scams / fraudulent activities / repeatedly breaking the rules / insulting other members and/or members of Team PG)

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This thread is still a work-in-progress and I will try to update it regularly.