Empire Auction Rules - READ BEFORE POSTING

Discussion in 'Auctions' started by Krysyy, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. Last Updated: May 21st, 2015
    Welcome to the Empire Auctions forum. In the auctions forum, you may auction off items from in-game. However, in order to keep this forum operating well, there are a quite a few rules we need you to make sure you follow when using the auction forums.

    Disobeying or ignoring any of these auction rules may result in punishments such as being blacklisted from the Marketplace and/or possibly receiving in-game punishment. Not reading the rules is not an excuse for not following them.

    If you see that anyone is not following the auction rules, please report the post with an explanation of why you reported it and a staff member will be able to assist.

  2. Special Guidelines have been laid out for many items in order to facilitate smooth operation of the auction forums.

    If you are unsure about a certain item that is not on this list, please consult with a Community Manager or stick with the default of one double chest worth of items in any auction.

    Auctionable Item Guidelines
    Last Updated: July 2nd, 2018
    Auctionable Items

    Bonus Chests

    These items are currently disallowed from auctions

    Grinders, Co-ordinates, Non-EMC items, and Non-Tangible Items

    These items are currently disallowed from auctions

    Not Special Dirt

    These items are currently disallowed from auctions except in double chest quantities.

    Temporary Items from Survival Update v2

    These items are currently disallowed from auctions

    Regular Items

    Regular items are any items in Vanilla Minecraft, that are not listed separately here. They must be auctioned off in full double chest quantities. All items must have full durability. Variants (colors of wool, types of wood, etc) cannot be mixed.

    Dragon Eggs

    Dragon Eggs, whether they be Original, or Regular may be auctioned in any quantity. Please ensure you state the type of egg clearly in the OP of your auction.

    Nether Stars, Beacons & Elytra

    Nether Stars, Beacons & Elytra (unenchanted) can be auctioned off with a minimum quantity of 5.

    Enchanted Items

    Enchanted Items can be auctioned off in any quantity. You may mix multiple types of enchants/tools/books. You must list every item's enchantments, including enchantment name, and level, and they all must have full durability.


    Potions can be auctioned off in minimum quantities of 54. You cannot mix potion types in a single set of 54. Zombie Virus' are considered potions.

    Horse Eggs

    Horse eggs can be auctioned off with a minimum quantity of 10. You must list every horse's info, including speed, health, jump, and type.

    Horse Armour

    Horse armour can be auctioned off in with a minimum quantity of 10. You can mix the type of horse armor (eg: diamond with gold), but you must list how much of each type you are auctioning off.

    Totems of Undying

    Totems of undying can be auctioned off in with a minimum quantity of 10.

    Parrot Eggs

    Parrot eggs can be auctioned off in with a minimum quantity of 1 stack (64).

    Certain EMC Custom Items

    Items listed as being Promotional Items, Special Event Items, Special Mob Drops, or Voucher Items on the Empire Wiki can be auctioned off in any quantity unless otherwise specified in this list. You may NOT auction a currently running promo item or a special mob drop from a currently active event.

    Mob/Player Heads

    Mob/Player Heads can be auctioned off in with a minimum quantity of 54. You cannot include both player and mob Heads in a single set of 54. When auctioning mob Heads,you may mix mob types, but you must include the type of each head. When auctioning player Heads, you may mix head types, but must include the name of each player. Do not use alts to fake other players' heads - this is scamming.

    Shiny Arrows & Shiny Flesh

    Shiny items can be auctioned off with a minimum quantity of 5 stacks.

    Dragon Stone Fragments & Stones

    Dragon Stone Fragments & Stones can be auctioned off with a minimum quantity of 32 fragments or 4 stones.

    Haunted Candy

    Haunted Candy can be auctioned off with a minimum quantity of 5 stacks. You may not mix types of candy together in the auction.

    Enchanted Golden Apples (purple text)

    Enchanted Golden Apples can be auctioned off with a minimum quantity of 64 (1 stack).

    Cupid's Arrow

    Cupid's Arrow can be auctioned off with a minimum quantity of 5 stacks.

    Please follow the simple and fair EMC rules derived from our professional staff team.

  3. Template for Auction Threads
    Last Updated: May 21st, 2015

    Your auction thread must contain all of these details. The formatting is variable, given that all info is shown.

    Thread Title: [AUCTION] Item Names Here
    Item: _________
    Starting Bid: _________
    Minimum Bid Increment: ________
    Auction Ending Time: _________

    [AUCTION] Double Chest of Sponge
    Item: One double chest of sponge blocks
    Starting Bid: 1,000,000 rupees
    Minimum Bid Increment: 10,000 rupees
    Auction Ending Time: 48 hours after the last valid bid*
    **You may not include a Maximum Bid Increment. This leads to confusing auctions and,due to the actions of some, has been removed for all.
  4. Rules for Auction Hosts
    Last Updated: May 21st, 2015
    • You may hold a maximum of 1 auction at a time in the Community Auctions section.
    • You may hold a maximum of 5 auctions at a time in the Supporter Auctions section.
    • You may use alt accounts to hold additional auctions. However, you must bump the auction using the account that created them - your main account, or any other player may not bump your auction. You may not use alts to bid on your own auction.
    • You must post full details of your auction in the OP. If you forget any detail, use the report button to alert the staff team. Include the missing information in the report reason.
    • You may not change any details of your auction after it begins. There is one exception to this rule: you may lower your auctions starting price as long as no one has bid yet.
    • Even if you're unhappy with the price that someone wins your auction, you must still give them the items for that price.
    • You may only create auctions where rupees are used to bid. Items cannot be used to bid.
    • You may not include "bonus items" as a reward to the auction winner.
    • You must provide a secure pickup location in the Town world for the auction winner to collect your items. We recommend you use [ACCESS] signs to do this. You may offer delivery.
    • You may not offer a "buy it now" price.
    • You may not have a "reserve price".
    • You may not end an auction before the posted ending time.
    • You may bump, at earliest, 3 hours after the last post. This three hour timer is based on the last post by any player.
    • You may not specify a maximum bid increment. These lead to confusing posts and, due to the actions of some, this privilege has been removed for all.
    • An auction that receives no valid bids within 7 days of starting is considered closed automatically.
  5. Rules for Bidders
    Last Updated: May 21st, 2015
    • Do not bid on items that you cannot afford at the time of bidding. This includes having active bids open on other auctions that would bring your balance below what is necessary on another auction.
    • Do not make joke bids.
    • You may only bid in rupees.
    • You are expected to pay within 48 hours of winning an auction, unless you and the auction host agree to different terms, or if the auction's OP states that there is a different time you have to pay within.
    • If you post a bid, you are bound it. You may not withdraw bids.
    • Only post on an auction thread if:
      • You are bidding
      • You are asking a question about the specific auction, or item
      • You won the auction, and are discussion collection/payment with the Auction Host
      • You are posting content that the staff deem relevant to the auction at hand
    • Asking to split an auction is not a valid post. Please discuss matters like that in a PM.
    • The first bid on an auction must be equal to, or higher than the starting bid.
    • All subsequent bids must be at least the last valid bid, plus the minimum bid increment. For example, if the current valid bid is 100 rupees, and the minimum bid increment is 10 rupees, the lowest you could bid is 110r.
    • You must not bid on auctions created by alt accounts, or on auctions created on an IP that you use.
    • As rupees are only available in whole numbers, bids must be in whole rupees too.
    • When bidding, you may either bid using the format "1500r", or "1.5k", as they mean the same thing.
    • You may not bid on an auction if you are currently permbanned. Temporarily banned players are still allowed to bid on auctions.
  6. Updated: June 4, 2016
    After deliberation, the auction rules for the new 1.9 items are as follows. The auctionable items pages have been updated with pertinent information.

    I also fixed the bad images that we were using. The linking to the old image locations broke.

    Regular Items that Must be in Double chest quantities:
    • Purpur blocks (slab, stairs, pillar, and standard)
    • Chorus flower, chorus fruit, popped chorus fruit
    • New boat variants (no mixing variants)
    • end stone bricks
    • end rods
    • end crystals
    • new arrow types
    • shields
    • beetroot, beetroot seeds, beetroot soup
    • Dragon's Breath
    Mob Heads: Minimum of 54
    • Dragon Head
    Special Provision Limits
    • Unenchanted Elytra - minimum of 5
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    Think something's missing here, or have an idea for an improvement/correction? Please post it on this thread or message a Community Manager.
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  9. Nice Krys, hopefully it will clear stuff up.
  10. Does obscuring a bid count a joke bid?

    I have seen this bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb 5k
    and this
    and this 1000000r
    quite a few times.
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  11. I hope so. I usually report all of those anyway while asking for a rule to be made
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  12. Isn't this what Jack posted? :p
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  13. It has been updated as of August 6th now.
  14. Will existing auctions with maximum bid increments still go on the same, or are they subject to the rule change as well?
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  15. They are subject to the rule changes and should have already been shut down.
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  16. Instead of completely banning it, can we have the option to appeal a staff member for a reasonable max bid increment? Say I am auctioning off a dragon egg, and the market value is 500,000r. I would appeal that my max bid increment be 10,000r, just to keep the auction alive.
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  17. Omg thank you :D
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  18. I've seen players outbid themselves over and over again because they want the auction to go by quickly - including me :p
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  19. Wow there is a lot of rules :D
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