No hard-and-fast rules, but guidelines that seem to be generally observed:
- Infrequent posts are well-tolerated. Posting different items for sale every
day, or worse yet, the *same* item every day, will earn you a place in many
- Prefix the subject with "FS" (for sale) or "FA" (for auction).
- Selling your personal equipment, or surplus equipment from your woodworking
business, is well-tolerated. If your business is *making* woodworking
equipment, shilling your products here may not be so well tolerated.
- There is no moderator. The group is self-policing. If you post a for-sale
ad, somebody may call you out for "spamming" -- if several people call *him*
out, telling him he's out of line, you're cool, don't worry about it. If a
bunch of people agree with him, you probably stepped over a line you shouldn't
have stepped over. Apologize, don't do it again, and likely all will be
forgiven. Don't apologize, repeat the behavior, and you'll probably be
- These could all be summed up in one rule: Don't be obnoxious about it.
:>>What are the guidelines for posting woodworking equipment items for sale? <
To add to Doug's excellent summary, we've had some small-shop vendors who
make production runs of dedicated equipment (planes; alignment tools; etc.)
make periodic FS posts and descriptions of their wares. What is KEY is
they were ALSO regular contributors on areas of wwing other than selling
their products. For example, a lot of what I know about steel I learned
from Rev. Ron Hock, whose posts here and elsewhere on steel, metals,
and toolmaking have been terrific. He also makes and sells fine plane
blades, and other stuff. So, if the OP wnts to advertise a small business
and its products, make sure to also be aregular community member here and
all will be fine. It's the hit and run types that bug some people (ads
every month, never heard of the guy otherwise).
-- Andy Barss
I'll be damned, for once I agree with Andy (BTW, where's my fifty bucks?).
Speaking of welcomed advertisers, what's the deal with Steve Knight? Went to
his site and it looks like he only offers kits now. When did that happen?
I also follow and contribute to a cruise newsgroup and the subject
of advertising by travel agents comes up on occasion. What Andy
has said is an excellent filter for us all to use when deciding
whether someone is being an opportunist or is legitimately
offering something that is of interest to the others. Many of the
TA's in the cruising newsgroup also alert folk that they're TA's
by using a typical sig line that includes their company
information. Like about anything else, when someone of good
intent uses good judgment in letting others know of their goods or
services, most of us really appreciate being occasionally
I guess I came to the right group this time! Thanks for the speedy and
informative replies. I usually lurk because I'm not really a wood worker but
have an interest in what is posted here. I do have a used Schneeberger LK
Glue System I have no plans to use and will post it here for sale when I get
all the info together. Thanks again, sl
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