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15 July 2010 @ 06:50 pm
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Community Posting Rules
Before you post, stop and see if you violate any of the following. If your post went poof and yo're not sure why, the answer is most likely here.
Aside from the official community rules posted here, we ask that you also read our courtesy reminder as well!

01. Advertisements in this community must be for selling/trading/buying of Asian Items.

Please do NOT spam us with advertisements for items that are NOT of Asian origin, or promos for other communities.
This rule also applies to comments in reply to a post. Please do not spam other people's posts with non-Asian goods / promotion of other communities unless specifically requested by the OP.

Items considered non-asian - Marvel/Disney, Punk (not everything Punk is Japanese), US Branded clothing, general electronics e.g. Cameras, phones not of Asian origin (i.e. they were produced for western market).

Here is the rule, nice and diced:
- As long as your item falls under ANY "allow" category, then it's allowed, even if part of the actual product is not allowed.
- I use Hello Kitty a lot. Hello Kitty is just for reference. I'm really referring to ANY Asian character/icon/symbol.
  • Western merchandise that looks "kawaii"/"punk"/"lolita" (for example: Hot Topic/Disney/Etc) is not considered Asian. NOT allowed. Just because something has lace, frills, or an oriental pattern does NOT make it Asian. UNLESS,
  • you're selling an American Merchandise with a blatantly obvious Japanese character/influence on it (for example: Hello Kitty, Kanji shirts)We'll allow it.
  • However, if it is a Western brand imported from an Asian country (for example: A shirt bought from Abercrombie & Fitch store in Japan): We'll allow it.
  • If you're selling an American designed and manufactured technology/product under a Japanese brand name (Casio, Yamaha, etc), it is not AsianNOT allowed. UNLESS,
  • you put a Hello Kitty sticker on that camera, and advertise the sale of the Hello Kitty sticker for $.10 with a camera to go along for an additional $300, fine. We'll allow it. (You'd look pretty derp for it, though)
  • Selling a game console by itself is NOT allowed. Unless,
  • you are selling Asian-games along with a console. We'll allow it. Any Sims version is NOT allowed.
  • Virtual items (equipment from games, items from games, in-game currency, and anything similar) are NOT allowed.
  • More will be added as we see fit.
Upon being warned, you have 24 hours to remove/refute mentioned item, or your post will be deleted. You are still obligated to abide by the 3 day rule.

Items that are not allowed are only forbidden from being mentioned in your GSJ selling post. If there's a link to a Hello Kitty watch being sold in your journal, that just so happens to have an American-brand watch for sale as well, that is fine as long as you do
NOT advertise the American-brand watch on GSJ.
However, links to pages with no Asian items at all are not allowed.
  • If you mention you also have things for sale on eBay/elsewhere, but nothing is Asian related. NOT allowed. UNLESS,
  • you have 1 Asian item out of 100 non-Asian items. Fine. We'll allow it. (Once again, pretty derp. You'd be a lot more professional if you just linked to that 1 Asian item. If they're curious, they'll look to see what other items you have.)

Bottom line: Advertisement of Asian-related items only. If it's not Asian-related, get it off GSJ. This includes both image and textual advertisements. Sellers: You also need to read Section 03 of the FAQ.

02. There is a one post every three days rule in place here. This means that you may not post more than once in every three days (72 hours).
  • There are NO exceptions to this rule. It does not matter if you are selling/wanting different things. It does not matter if one post is a "want" post and one post is a "sale" post. It is still one post every three days no matter what. Edit your previous post if you would like to add more items.
  • Deleting posts / altering posting dates is NOT a way to bypass this rule. All posts are logged, and therefore we will know if you have done so :)
  • All posts found breaking this rule will be deleted immediately and the member will have to wait a further 3 days to post again.

Bottom line: One post every three days. No exceptions, but's, if's, maybe's.

03. You may post
ONE picture outside of a lj-cut with a maximum dimensions of 500x500.
  • Please place all other pictures behind an lj-cut.
  • The images behind the lj-cut do not have a maximum height or width.
  • Any adult/explicit pictures (hentai, etc) MUST be placed behind an lj-cut. Additionally, please make sure to warn all readers that your post will contain adult/explicit pictures.

Bottom line: If your width is more than 500px, it needs to be resized.
If your height is more than 500px, it needs to be resized.
Do you have more than one picture outside of an LJ-cut? It needs to be fixed.

04. Do NOT post Bootlegged items. You also may not advertise your sales journal if you have bootlegged items for sale within.
  • WTB and WTT posts and replies to these posts must also be bootleg free! Bootlegs are NOT allowed. UNLESS,
  • you are giving away the bootlegs as freebies/free/free for grabs/just pay shipping. We'll allow it. (This does NOT include items FOR TRADE OR FOR $ TRADE VALUE).
  • A bootleg guide can be found here.

Bottom line: Advertisement of non-bootlegged items only. If it's not authentic, don't mention it, don't provide a link to it, don't make a fake LJ-cut to it, don't let us see it (on either your advertising page or your selling journal).

05. You MAY post eBay listings, website sales, auction sites, and personal sales. HOWEVER,
  • Do NOT advertise selling sites that are not your own.
  • You may NOT post an advertisement if you are promoting a site in order to get commission (i.e. if you are posting a referral link).
  • You MAY post advertisements giving away your Asian-related items free of charge in return for proof of donation (such as a screenshot with a timestamp), we will allow it. The NGO is up to you; we will not restrict it to Asian-only NGOs.
  • You may NOT advertise that profits from the sale of your items will be donated for a certain cause. This is to maximizes the common goal of both parties in helping raise funds for a cause without the possible reduction in donation amount due to currency exchange fees, PayPal fees, and other transfer fees.

06. You MAY NOT delete your post, comments or other's comments within the community.
These comments/posts are a record of your transaction and should be left intact.
  • If you are deleting/purging your account and/or moving to a new one, You may NOT choose the "delete all of your comments/entries in other communities" option.
  • This rule is applies to all members under all situations. Only moderators are allowed to delete posts/comments where the situation calls for it.

07. GSJ supports donations and non-profit organizations, so if you advertise giving away your Asian-related items in return for proof of donation (such as a screenshot), we will allow it.

  • The NGO is up to you; we will not restrict it to Asian-only NGOs.
  • However, advertising that profits from the sale of your items will be donated for a certain cause is NOT allowed.
  • This maximizes the common goal of both parties in helping raise funds for a cause, without the possible reduction in donation amount due to currency exchange fees, PayPal fees, and other transfer fees.

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Your post may be deleted if any of the above rules are broken.
If you violate any of the GSJ rules and you have BOTH comments for your post and your PM disabled, your post will be deleted immediately. The 3 day rule still applies!

If in doubt, please ask a moderator before posting/deleting anything. DO NOT ASSUME.

Niya the Frazzled, yofrazzled_niya on July 16th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
just 2 questions XD;....

If I post up a selling post linking to the pages I have set up as put like "asian goods" as one link and "non-asian stuffs" as link #2 that is cool?

And with bootleg stuff, if its a freebie is still considered as "selling" and thus a no-no??
Bess & her hinky--dinks: gsjsylvir on July 16th, 2010 06:23 am (UTC)
#1 - The idea is that from GSJ you can link to your "Asian goods". And then from your "Asian goods" page, you can have a link to "see my other non-Asian goods" you're good (at the top of your "Asian goods" page, if you wish).
But otherwise, it's not Asian so please don't advertise them, sorry ^^

#2 - Ah yes; freebies are fine! As long as you aren't selling them. I'll make note of that ^_^ This also goes for burned/copied media.
Also, even as freebies, if you have other bootlegs that are not freebies, you can't to them.

Hope this all makes sense~!
(no subject) - sylvir on July 16th, 2010 06:25 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - frazzled_niya on July 16th, 2010 06:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
Starherdstarherd on July 17th, 2010 07:47 am (UTC)
I make cosplays and have some older used ones I'd like to sell. As they're constructed using anime/manga characters as their design, are they permissable to advertise here?
sazzaliniesazzalinie on July 17th, 2010 10:18 am (UTC)
Yes, cosplay costumes for anime/manga characters are ok to sell here.
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Bess & her hinky--dinks: gsjsylvir on July 19th, 2010 09:35 am (UTC)
This is a really tough one for us. Usually when they're "kawaii" or "Asian-esque" we'd let it slide (such as the mini food/bows/all around pink), but have seen some DIY items that just seem borderline/not at all Asian. It's really hard for us to say which DIY is and which isn't Asian since it's always open to interpretations.
The mods were thinking of just sitting down and listing out what is and isn't allowed :X Or perhaps we'll ask the community.
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(no subject) - sylvir on July 19th, 2010 09:57 am (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - sylvir on July 19th, 2010 10:23 am (UTC) (Expand)
never seen by waking eyes.: [dw] it's the same as any day nowbodyline on July 23rd, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
Do NOT advertise selling sites that are not your own.

What exactly does this refer to?
More specifically, I guess, if I conduct the majority of my sales transactions through Amazon or Barnes & Nobles used sections, is that permitted? Or must it go through eBay?
sazzaliniesazzalinie on July 23rd, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
You can advertise any site that you are directly selling on. e.g. if you have auctions on ebay, a marketplace shop on amazon etc. The rule refers to sites that you do not sell on, i.e. someone else's items or selling sites. This is because in the past, people have been trying to use this community as a means of gaining revenue from sales that are not their own (via referral links).
(no subject) - bodyline on July 23rd, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
varavi・villefx_xk on October 25th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
Just a quick question, I've been a member for a long time, but I want to sell off some stuff I have (mainly J-Rock CDs).

However I'm new to the whole selling-stuff-on-the-internet ordeal and I don't know what...to do D:

Is it okay to post an entry asking for how people do things, or is there something I can reference? (In the US)
gsj_mods: Bess | <lj user=sylvir>gsj_mods on October 26th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
D: Hmm... Yes there is a GREAT guide I would like to show you, however, you have to be a member (but registration and free and safe!) But it is the most comprehensive selling guide you're going to get!

Start reading from this post: http://www.soompi.com/forums/topic/111731-sellerbuyers-guide-on-soompi/page__view__findpost__p__2011155
They go through:
- I: (step 1 is how to post on their forum; irrelevant for LJ)
- III: Setting the RULES down for buyers
- VI: Shipping and Handling: Check the Shipping Guide
(no subject) - fx_xk on October 26th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC) (Expand)
System Lord of Slytherin: Hathorhathor_sg1x on January 18th, 2011 04:32 am (UTC)
Are we allowed to post wantlists for like say Anime DVD's? I've been reading through the new rules. But don't see anything about it.(Or I missed it)
gsj_modsgsj_mods on January 21st, 2011 05:04 am (UTC)
Yes, wanted posts are allowed~ The only time we mentioned it is under bullet 02. the three days rule. Say on January 1st, you post some items for sale. But then on Jan 2nd you decide you want to make a post looking for some merchandise as well, you still cannot make a post until January 4th.

That's it :) Otherwise wanted/buying/wishlist posts are perfectly allowed as long as the items requested are Asian-related!
Kitsune Sniper / Foxhackfoxhack on February 17th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
A quick question about the "Non-Asian" rule: Am I allowed to sell video games that were developed in Japan, even if these are US or European versions? Or must they be Japanese-language only? (I saw someone selling a Mario game, which well, isn't Asian inspired, so I got confused.) Also, I have a copy of Windows 98 for Japanese computers - I'm not clear if I can sell this here either.

Also, I have a couple of uh... mature items (two doujinshi) that I found a while back during a merchandise purchase run. The rules do not mention any restrictions on that sort of material, but I don't want to end up getting myself in trouble.

Thanks. :D
gsj_mods: Saz | <lj user=sazzalinie>gsj_mods on February 17th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, you can sell US/EU versions of video games developed in Japan.
If your copy of Win98 is an official (not copied/burned etc) item then yes that is ok too.

There is no restriction on selling matured items as long as you specify that they are 18+. You will be responsible for making sure that the buyer is of age.
colle_skycolle_sky on April 11th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
Hello. Just curious about the 3 day rule. Does the day you posted count as a day or three days after the post? For example if I posted on the 7 would I be able to post on the 10th or the 11th?
gsj_mods: Saz | <lj user=sazzalinie>gsj_mods on April 11th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
It means 72 hours (3 days), so if you post on the 7th, the 8th would be your 1st day, 9th would be your 2nd, and the 10th would be your 3rd day meaning that you can post on the 10th.
(no subject) - colle_sky on April 11th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC) (Expand)
colle_skycolle_sky on April 26th, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
Hello~ Just a quick question. I have a Joker figure made by a asian company,would it be alright if I post it?
sazzaliniesazzalinie on April 26th, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
It depends on what type of a Joker figure it is. Most items are 'made in China' nowadays. If it's a DC Marvel Joker - a US character, then no, it's not considered Asian. If the figure is a specific brand-associated figure e.g. Sanrio - Hello Kitty - then that's ok.
jelenityjelenity on May 11th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
Question... Probably really stupid. But I want to clarify something that just popped into my head. I just made 2 threads for Sailor Moon cards on my LJ since they are very pic heavy. On those 2 pages/ threads (of my LJ) I do NOT have anything fake or bootleg on them. However, there are a couple items on my LJ in general (totally different posts) that do have a couple items that are or could be as I am not completely sure on a few but I would bet they are.

My question for this is that I want to know if the 2 posts with NO fake/bootleg items can be posted here link wise, since they are threads in my LJ? Or should I just make a thread with cut (and list everything with pics on this group) just as I did for my initial LJ thread in my page.

2nd question is I always like to provide feedback links so people feel comfortable. I have a thread for that on my LJ page labled feedback. Because it links in general with my page (People can click and get to main page, ect and I have other threads that might have a couple bootleg items would that break the rules at all..?? I just want the feedback thread to be readily accessable. But I just realized that I try to post this info and that inadvertantly it may bring attention to the other threads on my home page and such that are against the rules.

If I made no sense let me know. I can confuse myself on occasion. LOL.


sazzaliniesazzalinie on May 13th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
Q1: You can direct link to the two threads in your GSJ as long as you don't advertise your journal as a whole.

Q2: That is ok as long as you are not specifically using it as a navigational post to redirect people to other sections of your journal (i.e. those containing bootlegs). I have checked it and it's fine.
(no subject) - jelenity on May 16th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
missmandylynnemissmandylynne on July 10th, 2011 05:12 am (UTC)
so i cant list everything *anime and non-anime* stuff that i want to sell in the same posting right? - that might have been my problem before...
sazzaliniesazzalinie on July 10th, 2011 05:48 am (UTC)
You cannot advertise non-asian goods in the community, but if your selling post was posted to your own journal, it may contain non-asian goods, as long as these were not advertised in your post on GSJ.

None of your previous moderator warnings were related to this rule. Now that you have finished reading this page, please comment here: http://gsj-mods.livejournal.com/639.html. The 7 day period starts from when you post there.
03mm03mm on September 24th, 2011 06:38 am (UTC)

It says "Asian items," but does that mean non-Japanese? Can I sell Chinese, Taiwanese, etc. items?
sazzaliniesazzalinie on September 24th, 2011 06:44 am (UTC)
Yes, non-Japanese items are allowed as long as they are from an Asian country.
padaleckici0us: Bleach-Halibel;;padaleckici0us on September 29th, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
Alright I will follow this rules because I felt bad that I posted for wanted more often than less 3 days. SORRY! so I will wait until Oct 10 then I will post the wanted. Thanks.
sazzaliniesazzalinie on September 29th, 2011 09:06 am (UTC)

As was written in my PM, to regain posting access you must comment in the Q&A page in the gsj_mods account, not here.
kuuumakuuuma on October 9th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
Can I make a post about looking for a buyer service?
sazzaliniesazzalinie on October 9th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, as long as your post follow the other posting rules.
alsiongalsiong on May 3rd, 2012 11:56 am (UTC)
I have one question:
If I didn´t find buyer should/can I post the post again (when it´s forbidden to change the date) so it will be here twice?
sazzaliniesazzalinie on May 3rd, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
The community is set in a way that the front page is updated when you make a new post. What it won't do is put your old post up front if you changed the date.

You can post again with the same items as long as it's been 3 days from your last post. e.g. if you posted on Monday, you will need to wait until Thursday with your next. If you have different items to sell or have a wishlist, just add them all into the one post. Don't make separate posts for sales items and wishlists.
(no subject) - alsiong on May 4th, 2012 06:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - sazzalinie on May 5th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - alsiong on May 6th, 2012 07:21 am (UTC) (Expand)