10-06-2010 until 10-07-2015
QRZ Online Swapmeet Policies and FAQ
QRZ Online Swapmeet Policies and FAQ
QRZ's Online Swapmeet is a free service that is offered to its members worldwide.
All transactions are strictly between buyers and sellers. QRZ assumes no responsibility in any transaction between swap meet participants.
Buyers and sellers alike must beware and use reasonable and commonly accepted precautions in dealing with unknown parties over the Internet
How to Place a Swapmeet Ad
a. Swapmeet Categories: Note that there are separate categories for Ham Radio Equipment for Sale, Items Wanted, and General Merchandise. The QRZ Editors may move your ad into a more appropriate category.
b. Listing Title: The title of the listing should be concise so that the item can be easily indexed and found in searches. The title should contain the make and model of the item being offered (such as ICOM 781) and nothing else. Do not use the words FOR SALE or abbreviations such as F.S., etc. Do not list the price in the title. Do not decorate the title with punctuation, words like 'LOOK', etc. Note that the our editors may change the title of your listing if we feel that something else would be more appropriate.
c. Describe the item, its condition, and anything else that a potential buyer would like to know. The more you have to say about the item, the more interested a potential buyer will be. There is no such thing as "Mint". Buyers always assume your item is in better condition than it actually is. Play down the condition of the item so that when the buyer receives it, their expectations are exceeded.
d. Include your contact info. It is recommended that you provide either an email address or phone number, or both. Not everybody uses PM's. Buyers are more comfortable if you provide easy contact info.
e. State your price in the ad. You can ask for best offers. Be prepared for offers that are less that your asking price. Be polite in your responses. A low price is the most effective way of selling any item. "Firm" prices tend to discourage interest.
f. Offer to pay for shipping. Shipping costs are usually negligible in relation to the item's cost. Make the buying process simple with a one-price deal.
g. If you can accept PayPal, say that you will. Don't create a two-price tier (i.e. "add 4% for PayPal") but instead, just negotiate an all-inclusive price. Make the buying process simple. Advertising or suggesting PayPal "gift" payments is prohibited.
h. Be responsive. Answer any questions quickly. Amend your ad with a reply if needed to add additional info. Try and make contact over the phone to close the deal. Document your phone agreement in an email and send it as a friendly confirmation.
i. Plainly state your return / DOA policy in writing. Don't ship junk that you know is defective unless you've stated that it is defective. They buyer typically must pay for return shipping costs.
j. Get the money in advance of shipping. Don't accept checks that are in excess of your negotiated price.
k. Always email the customer upon receipt of payment, and email them again when the item ships. Send a shipping confirmation / tracking number if possible.
l. Ship your item promptly. Email the buyer whenever there is a delay.
m. eBay Listings - Your for-sale ad may link to an eBay sale, however, a complete description of the item, and preferably a photo, must be included in the QRZ ad. Ads containing links to eBay which do not contain a complete description of the item offered will be deleted.
n. Best Offer Ads - you may choose to sell your goods for "best offer". The bidding and other negotiations should take place over email.
o. Raffles - all types of raffles are prohibited.
Prohibited items which may not be offered for sale:
a. Radios that are illegal for sale per FCC Regulations
c. Anything that QRZ deems unacceptable
Daily / Weekly Posting Limits
a. The same item may not be re-listed within 7 days of the original date
b. No user may have more than 3 active listings. There is no limit on the number of items that may be in a single listing.
Comments / Discussion
a. Discussion and/or unsolicited commentary is not allowed in the swap meet area. Prospective buyers are encouraged to ask questions.
b. Only Ham Members may post in the swapmeet. Postings by non-hams by administrative approval only.
Adding a photo of your sale item greatly increases its likelyhood of being sold. Listing photos also appear on the QRZ home page. For instructions on adding pictures, click on our article: How to Add a Photo...
Closing Your Listing
Has your item sold? Is your item no longer available for sale? If so, add a SOLD comment to your ad. To close your ad from accepting further responses, see our article: How to Close Your Listing...
Locate Your Listing
Can't find your listing? Forgot where you posted it? To find a lost listing or post, including for-sale ads, see on our article: How to Find Your Listing...
Delete Your Listing
For everyone's protection, items posted to the Swap Meet may not be deleted. If the information has changed or the item has sold, then simply add a Reply to your listing that explains its current or revised status.
Swap Meet Categories
Ham Radio Gear For Sale
Non-commercial, private sellers only. Must be RF related. No computers or computer components.
Ham Radio Gear Wanted /Trade
Ads looking for stuff to buy or trade
Everything else, regardless of any Ham Radio purpose
Ham To Ham Reference
Praise and complaints about buyers and sellers. Must be factual. Avoid name calling.
Stolen Radios, Scams and Rip-Offs
Reports of thefts, rip-offs, and scams
Donations to QRZ
Once you've sold something using this service and you'd like to express your gratitude to QRZ, then please use one of the DONATE to QRZ buttons that appear on the left side of most pages. There is no suggested minimum amount, just whatever feels right for you. Whatever the amount, WE APPRECIATE IT. THANKS!
To donate now, please go to https://ssl.qrz.com/donate
If you have any questions or would just like to contact us regarding our Online Swap meet, send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org