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Australian Alpaca Sales Centre (AASC) Rules for Everyone

 

There are rules that all Australian Alpaca Sales Centre (AASC) members, both buyers and sellers, need to know and follow. These rules are created to protect you and to keep AASC a safe place to buy and sell. Specific Rules for Sellers and Rules for Buyers are located later in this document.

Rules about general member conduct

AASC members cannot:

  • Interfere with the AASC site.
  • Use profanity on the site.
  • Infringe on AASC’s intellectual property.
  • Continue to use AASC if a member’s account is suspended.
  • Post want ads.

In addition to rules that apply to all AASC members, AASC also has rules specifically about buying and selling.

Rules about identity

Member identity is an important aspect of the AASC Community. AASC treats member identity with great respect. AASC expects Community members to treat member identity with the same level of respect.

AASC members:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Cannot misrepresent their identities.
  • Must always provide valid and complete contact information and must always have a valid email address.
  • Cannot publish the contact information of other members in an online public area.
  • Must choose their User ID according to AASC rules.

Rules about communicating with other AASC members

AASC members:

  • Cannot misuse the AASC email forwarding system, send unsolicited email (spam) or email threats to other members.
  • If you feel that material has been posted on our site which defames you, as defined by New South Wales law, we will investigate the allegations and take appropriate action.

Rules about AASC’s responsibilities

  • AASC’s Privacy Policy specifies how your personal information is used.
  • AASC Employees are bound by all AASC policies.

Rules regarding “Opening Bid”

When listing animals/items on the AASC site you will need to provide a "Opening Bid" for the auction. By providing an Opening Bid for an animal/item you are setting the minimum sale price for that animal/item. Once a buyer places a bid at, or above, the Opening Bid you as the seller are committed to the sale of that animal/item at the conclusion of the listing period to the highest bidder.

 

Australian Alpaca Sales Centre (AASC) Rules for Sellers

 

To promote a safe, fair and enjoyable trading experience, AASC has established a set of rules and policies for alpaca listings. These restrictions involve how alpacas are described, and practices that would provide an unfair advantage or result in a negative buyer
experience. As a seller, you are responsible for reviewing and understanding AASC’s selling policies, as well as all applicable laws and regulations as outlined in the User Agreement.

Learning about AASC's listing policies before you list an item will help you to avoid unintentionally breaking rules. AASC’s selling policies are updated to respond to marketplace, Community and security issues, so it is important to check them regularly for changes.

Breaches of these policies may result in a range of actions, including:

  • Listing cancellation
  • Account suspension
  • Forfeit of AASC fees on cancelled listings

When policy violations occur, AASC emails the seller, as well as bidders, explaining that a listing has been ended.

The following are the Rules for Listing with links to the specific policy pages that have examples, any exceptions, and a link that you can use to report a violation of that policy.

Allowed / Prohibited items

AASC allows the listing of alpacas for sale. The listing of other items is prohibited. AASC reserves the right to allow the listing of alpaca stud services and other “big ticket” items such as alpaca floats or other equipment upon the specific request of a seller by emailing us.

Listings must not misrepresent items.

Sellers cannot misrepresent an item either deliberately or by omission. Sellers are to include all mandatory information requested in the alpaca listing page of our site.

Listings cannot use techniques to avoid or circumvent AASC fees.

sellers cannot:

  • Offer a catalogue from which buyers may directly purchase animals, stud fees or other alpaca related products or services.
  • Allow buyers a choice of alpacas i.e list several animals on the one listing or provide a “package deal” (other than normal 3 in 1 listings).
  • List a single alpaca but offer additional similar alpacas for sale in the item description.
  • Misuse the Reserve Price option.
  • Offer the opportunity through AASC to purchase the item or other merchandise outside of AASC.

Seller Non-performance

Sellers must honour the transaction contract. Sellers cannot fail to deliver an item for which payment was accepted, significantly misrepresent an item by not meeting the terms and item description outlined in the listing, or refuse to accept payment for an item at the end of a successful sale.

Shill Bidding

Sellers must not bid on their own item, or have family members, friends or employees bid on their item with the express purpose of increasing the bid price in order to elevate the sale price for genuine buyers. Any seller suspected of doing this will have their member account cancelled immediately.

Listings must promote a fair and level playing field, and provide an enjoyable and safe experience for buyers.

Sellers cannot:

  • Solicit buyers to use payment methods that are not regularly accepted payment methods.
  • Include links to other products or services except those requested by the AASC listing process. Specific types of links that are prohibited include links to further descriptions, email address, photos, other websites or external links to user’s own websites.
  • Use certain types of HTML and JavaScript in item listings.
  • Promote giveaways, random drawings, raffles, prizes or bonuses.
  • Create a listing that does not offer an alpaca or other alpaca related service or products (where permitted).
  • Advertise a desire to buy or trade items.
  • Use profanity in a listing.

 

Australian Alpaca Sales Centre (AASC) Rules for Buyers

 

The Australian Alpaca Sales Centre (AASC) policies are rules and
guidelines that help to create a safe, fair and enjoyable trading environment for all AASC members. As a buyer, you are responsible for reviewing and understanding AASC’s policies, as well as all applicable laws and regulations as outlined in the User Agreement.

AASC’s policies are intended to:

  • Support government laws and regulations
  • Minimise risks to buyers and sellers
  • Provide equal opportunity to all buyers
  • Provide an enjoyable buying experience
  • Support the values of the AASC Community

Buyers cannot:

  • Commit to purchasing an item without paying.
  • Bid with no serious intention of buying. Every bid or commitment to buy is a binding contract.
  • Bid on or buy an item when they do not meet the seller’s terms as outlined in the item listing, or bid or buy with the intention of disrupting a listing. This is known as unwelcome and malicious buying.
  • Engage in shill bidding or buying to artificially increase an item’s price or apparent popularity. Bidders on an item must be wholly independent from the seller of that item.

Both buyers and sellers cannot interfere with a transaction or offer to buy or sell listed items outside of the AASC site (see Rules for Everyone – Overview).

To know about AASC’s rules that apply to selling, see Rules for Sellers

Breaches of these policies may result in a range of actions, including:

  • Listing cancellation
  • Account suspension
  • Forfeit of AASC fees on cancelled listings