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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.

P3nguinap3nguina on June 5th, 2012 05:43 am (UTC)
Quick question, do you have to ask for sales permission before posting sales?
sazzaliniesazzalinie on June 5th, 2012 09:40 am (UTC)
No, no other permission is required once you become a member. You can sell as long as you are a member and have posting access.
halliegirl09halliegirl09 on June 6th, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
i have a question please i am looking for this item that i found on this website am i allowed to post it in a wanted add?
link: http://www.hlj.com/product/JNPA-705
i know it is disney but it looks of asia desent and i know there are asian disney items, so i was just wandering thank you very much ^_^
sazzaliniesazzalinie on June 6th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
You can request for this specific item as long as you specify that you're looking for the Asian release version.
Leahlittlered on July 9th, 2012 04:37 am (UTC)

I actually have a question pertaining to Rule # 7. I saw that this post http://garagesalejapan.livejournal.com/19412805.html#comments had gotten a warning for advertising that 10% of sales goes to the Japan Relief Fund (ebay takes out the 10% automatically).

A local NPO (Japan Cat Network) is looking into the process of becoming listed under ebay`s giving works NPOs.

Ahh, and now I`m rambling. I was planning on auctioning off a few asian items where 100% of the donations goes directly to JCN through ebay. So, my question is, when I do this (when more dependent on how quickly JCN can be verified by ebay) I can`t post that 100% of the cost of the item goes towards an NPO?

Just curious and thank you! :)
sazzalinie: ryusazzalinie on August 14th, 2012 02:19 am (UTC)

Sorry for the late response, didn't pick this one up till now. The rule was put into place following the 2011 tsunami and a sudden influx of 'charity' posts. We felt that promoting that a percentage of sales going towards charity encourages greater 'sales' or 'bids' - thus tips the advantage towards the vendor more than the charity itself. The info post can be found here. The post does say that you can advertise to authorized auction communities dedicated to helping your charity, which I think applies in your case since all of your ebay profit will go directly to JCN (if I'm reading your question correctly). I would suggest that you word your ad carefully so that there's no mistake that it's an auction specifically for JCN.

I hope the above is clear, feel free to ask for clarifications if required :)
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sazzalinie: ryusazzalinie on August 13th, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)

Yes, fanmade stuff are fine as long as they are Asian inspired. We categorise those as doujin products.
bunnygirl223bunnygirl223 on August 22nd, 2012 03:24 am (UTC)
What is your policy on adult items? If I am allowed to sell them, may I post photos?
gsj_mods: Bess | sylvirgsj_mods on August 22nd, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
Hi there, you are more than welcome to sell adult items, as long as they are of Asian origin and you abide by our other rules (only 1 post every 3 days, no more than 1 image outside of LJ-cut, etc).

We ask that if you are selling adult items, that all explicit photos are under an LJ-cut and that CLEAR warnings that your post may contain explicit photos are made. Otherwise, if it is just a title or text only, you do not need to put it behind an LJ-cut.
(no subject) - sazzalinie on August 22nd, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)
bunnygirl223bunnygirl223 on August 23rd, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
I have one more question about deleting posts, just to be sure. I plan on creating a post in the community which links to posts within my journal. Am I allowed to delete the linked posts when all of the items in that category are sold?
sazzalinie: ryusazzalinie on August 24th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
Other than bootlegs, what you do in your own journal is up to you. However, I would suggest that if you do want to delete your sales page you should wait a few weeks to make sure that the transaction is complete, just in case there is a problem later on(e.g. with lost shipping or product description) as would sometimes happen. That way at least you have a record of your transaction.
mrsyagami: raitomrsyagami on August 24th, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
im not a member yet but i think i should ask this before even trying to join. im going to Japan next month and i wanted to offer some kind of shopping service. i mean, i could look for some visual kei stuff for other people since ill already be shopping for myself. would it be ok to post such an offer here?
mrsyagami: raitomrsyagami on August 24th, 2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
oh, im terribly sorry, i went only through rules and through faq just now. so now i know im allowed. im sorry for bothering you.
(no subject) - gsj_mods on August 26th, 2012 04:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mrsyagami on August 26th, 2012 08:16 am (UTC) (Expand)
freckilation lee: Contemplatingkamen on August 27th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
Are How to Speak Japanese books allowed?
gsj_mods: Bess | sylvirgsj_mods on August 27th, 2012 02:16 am (UTC)
Hi there,

Yes they are :)!
kitsunemotoko: pic#104964542kitsunemotoko on November 21st, 2012 01:38 am (UTC)
Hello~! I just wanted to know what your policies regarding "wanted" posts are.
I'm going to be requesting Asian goods.
gsj_mods: pic#55342655gsj_mods on November 21st, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
As long as your wanted post complies with our posting rules above it's ok to post one.

Please tag it with the 'wanted' tag.
p e n g u: Bootsnewsxaddicted on December 28th, 2012 06:00 am (UTC)
Does a Target Tokidoki backpack count as Asian or not Asian?

pic here
sazzalinie: ryusazzalinie on January 9th, 2013 06:49 am (UTC)

Sorry for the late reply. If the item is blatantly obvious Asian inspired then we will allow it - this is the case here.
(no subject) - newsxaddicted on January 9th, 2013 07:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
Totchi: Jinguji Ren promotoshi_hakari on January 19th, 2013 09:08 am (UTC)
I have a question about tagging my sales post. I'm planning on selling a Japanese cell phone, but I don't see a tag that would be fitting. Should I leave it untagged?
sazzaliniesazzalinie on January 19th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
Tagging a post isn't compulsory so you can leave it untagged if you'd like, but you can use the 'tech'. tag for something like this too.
(no subject) - toshi_hakari on January 19th, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
sakurayamada: pic#110338450sakutegomassu on February 9th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
Are we obligated to re-post the same SALE post on our LJ too?
(eg. if i open a new SALE post on gsj, do i have to repost it again on my personal lj?)


[ mme_h_confessor

Just to let you know, this is the second time I've tried to link to a sale from a sales post of yours, but there is no link. When I go to your LJ, maybe I'm just missing it, but all I see related to sales, is your feedback page. ]


Edited at 2013-02-09 09:17 pm (UTC)
gsj_mods: pic#55342655gsj_mods on February 10th, 2013 06:30 am (UTC)
No you do not. However, I think the member was asking since there isn't much info in your selling post. He/she was probably wanting to see more info/ pics etc and searched for the items on your journal and didn't find them.

There's no rule as to how you format your sales page but it's always good business to provide pics and product info of the items you sell rather than waiting to be asked about it. Perhaps you can link to a photobucket folder for the photos you have taken. <-- this is just a suggestion.

(no subject) - sakutegomassu on February 10th, 2013 01:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
某Asa: Arashi - Yamaasaphira_sachi on February 19th, 2013 08:55 am (UTC)
Are we allowed to help a friend post items if she is not a member but has proof of positive feedback? My friend is not an active LJ member, but I would like to help put the word out on her sales. So I just wanna ask to make sure since there's no specific rule about it. Thanks!

Edited at 2013-02-19 08:55 am (UTC)
sazzalinie: ryusazzalinie on February 27th, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)

Sorry for the late response. There is currently no rules against posting for a friend and some people do already do this within their own post. As long as your post adher to all of our posting rules you're fine. However, I would caution that as you are the person advertising on GSJ, you will be responsible if any transaction goes wrong. Also, if your friend require long term advertisement, please ask her to apply for membership.