Beer Trading Rules & Tips

Discussion in 'Beer Trading' started by Todd, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (1,700) Colorado Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member Verified Subscriber

    Before You Can Trade
    In order to participate in BeerAdvocate's Beer Trading Forums and the Beer Trading Feedback System, your account must be verified AND you must agree that you've read the rules via the main Trading page. This applies to all users.

    Go here: ... and follow the steps.


    • As always, our Terms of Service applies.
    • You trade at your own risk.
    • Beer trading is a privilege that may be taken away.
    • You may be banned without warning for:
      • Buying or selling alcohol.
      • Trolling or dishonest activity.
      • Having multiple accounts.
      • Posting personal information.
      • Abusing the Beer Trading Feedback System. Examples:
        • Giving retaliatory feedback.
        • Basing your okay/negative feedback on the lack of extras; unless extras were part of the agreed upon trade.
        • Leaving fake feedback.
    • Trades must be beer for beer. No other goods or services; like tickets, booze, etc.
    • No mules / proxies / trustees.
    • No betting.
    • Don't be a dick.
    • Trade posts may only be made in an ISO (in search of) : FT (for trade) forum.
    • Be as specific as possible with the title of your post; ISO beer(s) FT: beer(s).
    • No open-ended, vague, or auction-like offers; example: "Make me an offer."
    • No linking to lists on another site.
    • No cross-posting; making the same offer in multiple forums.
    • No reposting the same or similar post within a 72 hour period.
    • No "what's the value of beer x?", "what would it take to get beer x?", "what can I get for beer x?" or similar threads.
    Making an Offer
    Should be done by starting a private conversation.
    1. Click on the username
    2. Click "Start a Conversation"
    3. Follow the additional steps
    Replying (in ISO:FT and IP)
    Replying is now a privilege that's limited to users who meet a specific combination of currently non-disclosed criteria. The goal is cultivate a group of trading mentors who can respond to threads/offers with helpful replies.
    • Don't reply if you're not being helpful.
    • Don't reply with a question that the OP might not be able to reply to. You can do this privately.
    • Don't reply with an offer or tag other users who might be interested.
    • No bumping threads.
    • Don't reply with any of the following or similar useless replies:
      • "Like" or "+1"
      • "Message sent" or "check your messages"
      • "Good luck OP" or "This should get done." or "Seems fair" or "Great trader. Hook him up."
    • Don't thread jack; start your own ISO:FT thread.
    • Don't reply to Closed threads.
    • Account must be valid (as in a confirmed email, not banned, etc)
    • Account must be verified
    • User must agree to the terms via the main Trading page
    • User must have at least 250 (counted) posts
    • User must be a member for at least 365 days
    • User currently has no active warning points
    • User has completed 25 or more trades via the feedback system
    • User has 100% feedback
    If any of the above criteria changes for the user, the privilege will be revoked until it's met again. Criteria may change, and updates will be posted if it does.

    Abusing this privilege will result in actions taken against your account.

    • Don't trade with unverified users.
    • Use the Beer Trading Feedback System!
    • Demand that new users ship first and that they use the feedback system.
    • Where applicable, edit your thread title and add the "Closed" prefix when your offer is closed.
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    • BeerAdvocate is not responsible for the actions of its users.
    • These rules may be changed at any time without notice.
    • If you do not agree with these rules, please do not trade.
    Thanks in advance for your cooperation.