Trading Rules & Tips

Discussion in 'Help Resources' started by Todd, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,609) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff

    New to Trading on BeerAdvocate?
    Check out: How to Get Started with Trading

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    Disclaimers
    By agreeing to our terms you acknowledge that:
    • BeerAdvocate services are meant for discussing trading topics and trades that occur outside of our services. We don't ship or transport packages, or handle monetary transactions, involving alcohol.
    • BeerAdvocate is not responsible for the actions of its users. You trade at your own risk and take full responsibility for adhering to any and all rules and regulations governing alcohol and actions that you may take when conducting a trade.
    • Using our services to buy or sell alcohol is strictly forbidden.
    • Our terms, rules, and services may change at any time without notice.
    General
    • As always, our Terms of Service and Code of Conduct applies.
    • You agree that you're of legal drinking age.
    • You agree to trade at your own risk and accept full responsibility for your actions.
    • You agree that beer trading is a privilege that may be taken away.
    • Unless otherwise noted, trades must be for alcoholic beverages. No other goods or services are allowed.
    • No muling, proxying or trusteeing.
    • 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.
    Bannings
    You may be banned without warning for:
    • Buying or selling alcohol.
    • Dishonest activity; like having multiple accounts or cheating other traders.
    • Posting personal information.
    • Abusing the Beer Trading Feedback System. Examples:
      • Giving feedback that's blatantly retaliatory.
      • Basing your okay/negative feedback on the lack of extras; unless extras were part of the agreed upon trade.
      • Leaving fake feedback.
    • Too many warnings.
    How to Make an Offer/Reply to a Trade
    You can post a public reply in the offer thread, but most users will start a private conversation. To do so:
    1. Within the trade thread, click on the poster's username or avatar.
    2. Click "Start a Conversation."
    3. Compose your title and message, and then send.
    Public or private, please be respectful and helpful toward other users.

    Posting a Trade
    • Trade posts may only be made in the appropriate ISO:FT or In-Person forums.
    • The main ISO:FT forum is broken down by three forums:
      • $4$: "Dollar for Dollar" beer trades, where both the ISO and FT are of equal retail monetary value.
      • Limited: Beer trades based on limited availability, rarity, or perceived value. These beers are often brewery only releases, difficult to purchase or land in a trade, and are sometimes referred to as "whales" (a reference to Moby-Dick).
      • Locals: Whales be damned! This forum brings 90s beer trading on BA back for traders who simply want to help others to try something new, and maybe make a friend along the way.
    • There's a two thread every 24 hours posting limited in ISO:FT or In-Person forums. Times are based on post dates, and deleted threads are still counted toward the limits.
    • Links to other sites aren't allowed.
    • You can self-moderator (edit, lock, delete, etc.) your own trade offer threads, as well as replies to your threads.
    Beverage Prefixes
    We now support discussing trading for alcohol beverages beyond beer, represented as a prefix option when posting and viewing threads in the ISO;FT and In-Person forums. Use the one that best represents the primary beverage focus of the trade (e.g. beer, mead, cider, etc.).

    Protips
    • Only trade with verified beer traders; "Beer Trader" noted on their profiles.
    • Use the Beer Trading Feedback System!
    • Demand that new users ship first and that they use the feedback system.
    • Check the Bad Traders forum before trading.
    • Ensure that you're Privacy settings have "Start conversations with you" checked and "Members Only" selected, otherwise you'll get no offers.
    • Only trade beer that's currently in your possession.
    • Want more hits on your offer? Try being as specific as possible with the title of your post; ISO beer(s) FT: beer(s). Think of your post as a classified ad. The more details you provide, the more likely you'll get some hits.
    • Delete your post when your offer is complete, lock it, or reply noting that it's closed.
    Note:
    • Some forums are only viewable to users with verified trading accounts that are in good standing.
    • Posts from certain forums won't appear in "New Posts" feed.
    • User counts for posts and likes may decrease upon deletion of threads/posts.
    Helpful Links
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    Thanks in advance for your cooperation.