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AUCTION RULES


NOTE: When trading as part of an auction, be aware that in addition to the rules listed below, all General Trade Rules apply.
 

 

 

GENERAL AUCTION RULES | for buyers.


1. Making an offer or bid with no intention or means to follow through is prohibited.
2. Bids cannot be withdrawn once placed.

- In-game: Bids cannot be edited.

- Forum: Bids may be edited, however, they cannot be changed to a lower price than initially set.

 We recommend that buyers make and keep evidence of their bids. Timestamps are preferred. This is not necessary where bids are placed on the forum.

3. Bidders must have the means to honour their offer both:

- On the account the bid is made from. 

 Forum: If you intend to make payment from an alt account, different to the one used to make the bid on forums, specify clearly which account the payment will be made from. e.g. This may apply in cases where an account is forum banned.

- At the time of making the bid, and must remain available until outbid, or auction end.

 

 

GENERAL AUCTION RULES | for sellers.


1. Auctions cannot be cancelled once started.

2. All bids must be acknowledged, and all current/best offers must be publicly announced with the bidder's username and bid amount.

- In-game: This applies to every trade post related to the auction. Evidence of all bids received must be made and kept, to be made available upon Staff request. Timestamps are preferred.

- Forum: This applies to every in-game bid received, and must be acknowledged in the auction thread with a screenshot. Timestamps are preferred.

 This does not apply to bids received on the forum.

 Bids made on Discord are not valid or accepted.

- Accepting known false bids (from alternative account, friend, guildmate, etc) is prohibited.

3. Offers received outside of an auction cannot be claimed or used as current or best offer. 

4. Offers received outside of an auction cannot be used as a starting bid without the buyer's permission.

5. Auction winners must be publicly announced.

- In-game: A trade post must be made to announce the end of the auction, with the winning bidder's username and bid amount.

- Forum: A reply on the auction thread must be made with a screenshot of the completed trade window.

 In the event that the auctioned Pokemon/Item is traded to the wrong player, the trade will be forcefully reversed and traded to the rightful winner.

 In the event that the winning bid is a false offer, the bid will be made void, and the auction win will be offered to the runner-up. Runner-ups are not obligated to honour their bid in these cases. Where no runner-up is available, the auction will be made null and void.

6. When advertising, make it clear what Pokemon/Item is being auctioned.

- In-game: For Pokemon, include a link. For items, include the full name of the Item.

- Forum: For Pokemon, include a screenshot. For items, include the full name of the Item.

7. When moving an existing Selling thread from Silver or Gold forums to Cross Server, the current thread must first be marked as closed.

- Auction: Once started, an auction thread cannot be moved.

8. Starting price/point must be clearly stated. Once met, the auction has started.

- In-game: 

 As of start point, this may be one of the following 2 options: a specified time (e.g. "day/month/year hour:minute a.m./p.m. & Timezone"), or instantly as of the trade post (e.g. "begins now").

 As of start price, specified by the seller.

- Forum:

 As of start point, this may be one of the following 2 options: a specified time (e.g. "day/month/year hour:minute a.m./p.m. & Timezone"), or instantly as of the trade post (e.g. "as of thread creation").

 As of start price, specified by the seller.

9. End point must be clearly stated before the auction has started. This cannot be changed once the auction has begun.

10. End point is final and must be honoured.

- In-game: End points cannot be extended for any reason, and must be accurate to the second that the auction is set to end. It is recommended to use timestamps to manage your auction correctly.

 e.g. If the auction ends at 15:00:00, bids are valid until 14:59:59 and no later.

- Forum: If a bid is received in the final 15 minutes of the auction, the end point will be delayed by 15 minutes from that bid, and will be delayed by 15 minutes for each new bid thereafter, until the current offer has been held for a full 15 minutes. Must be accurate to the minute that the auction is set to end.

 e.g. If the auction ends at 15:00, it will end at 15:00:00. If a late bid is received in the final 15 minutes, at 14:46, the auction will end at 15:01. If another user bids at 15:00, the auction will be extended again, and will end at 15:15, this will be repeated until the current offer has been held for a full 15 minutes.

11. Last calls are prohibited.

12. Insta Prices, Minimum Raises and Accepted Payments are optional, however, if set, must be announced in public, and cannot be changed, negotiated or added once:

- In-game: The auction has been announced.

- Forum: The auction has started.

13. Insta prices, if met, must be honoured. Please read Rule No.10 of the General Trade Rules for more details.

14. Accepted Payments may be offered as an additional or alternative form of payment to pokedollars. These must:

- Be specified by the seller.

- Be an item, and its value in pokedollars must be clearly specified by the seller.

 e.g. "1x Coin Capsule = 400K, 1x Reroll Ticket = 800K".

 Pokemon cannot be offered as an Accepted Payment.

 

 

AUCTION FORMATTING & TEMPLATE SUGGESTIONS


Auctioneers are welcome to use a suggested Auction Template, in order to advertise a valid auction: 

 Forum: Please feel free to copy and paste the format below:

[Pokemon / Item]
Start Point/Price:
End Point:
Insta:
Min. Raise:
Accepted Payment(s):

 

 In-game: To begin an auction.

- wts <Pokemon> - s.o. - insta - min raise - auction end X minutes after s.o. is met. e.g.

 e.g.  eg1.png.f94a0df7391cbf852c56a700ac73f476.png

  

- wts <Pokemon> - s.o. - insta - min raise - auction end at hour:minute a.m./p.m. timezone+0.

 e.g.  eg2.png.6e3342570ed752fc7c82283c706de9df.png

 

 In-game: To announce an ongoing auction:

- wts <Pokemon> - c.o. - bidder's name - insta - min raise - auction end in X minutes.

 e.g.  eg3.png.76d6f7f22d6bbeebabe82d2d85561b5a.png

 

- wts <Pokemon> - c.o. - bidder's name - insta - min raise - auction end at hour:minute a.m./p.m. timezone+0.

 e.g.  eg4.png.25de21045fdc2148ea0fff53570c5541.png

 

 Timezone Helpers

- There are multiple world clock/timezone converters on the internet, feel free to find and use your own preferred tools, however, if you need help getting started, we recommend World Time Buddy, as it also accounts for areas of the globe that observe Daylight Savings.

- For those who prefer to use mobile, World Time Buddy also offers a mobile app (available on both iOS and Android). 

 

 

CONTACTING A TRADE MODERATOR


 

Before contacting a Trade Moderator for support, please ensure that you have read the Important Information & How To Report Guide.

- If you would like to close your thread for any reason, please edit the topic title to make Trade Moderators aware.

› This can include "Sold", "Close", "Can be Closed", "Please Lock", etc.

 If you would like to re-open a locked topic for any reason, please report the thread using the Report button, or contact a Trade Moderator via PM with a request to unlock the topic. Please include a direct link to the topic you would like to unlock.

- If you do require the support from a Trade Moderator to resolve a trade issue, please do one of the following:

 Make a report in the Report Center with the name of the user(s) you are reporting, a brief description of the infraction, and evidence. 

 To report a specific post or thread, use the "Report" button. This can be located at the bottom of each post here:

 

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CREDITS TO:

Logan: Created original Legitimate/Valid Auction Guide.

Tigerous, Salt & Hercules: Made several Trade Rule additions, changes and clarifications.

Epiales & Equilibrium: For feedback on original Legitimate/Valid Auction Guide from player-staff perspective.

Hawluchaa & EhkoeRevamped Trade & Auction Rules.

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