Reverse Auction Rules - READ BEFORE POSTING

Discussion in 'Reverse Auctions' started by Krysyy, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. Last Updated: May 21st, 2015
    Welcome to the Empire REVERSE Auctions forum. In this forum, a buyer will post the item that they are looking for and the bidders will compete to offer it at their lowest price. 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 REVERSE auction forums.

    Disobeying or ignoring any of these reverse 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 reverse auction rules, please report the post with an explanation of why you reported it and a staff member will be able to assist.

    Contents:
    • Which items can be reverse auctioned?
    • Template for Reverse Auction Thread Post Content
    • Rules for Reverse Auction Hosts
    • Rules for Reverse Auction Bidders
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  2. Special Guidelines have been laid out for many items in order to facilitate smooth operation of the reverse 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 reverse auction.

    Reverse Auction Item Guidelines
    Last Updated: June 4th, 2016
    Reverse Auctionable Items

    Bonus Chests

    These items are currently disallowed from reverse auctions


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

    These items are currently disallowed from reverse auctions


    Not Special Dirt

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


    Regular Items Best Minecraft Servers Best Minecraft Servers Best Minecraft Servers Best Minecraft Servers Best Minecraft Servers

    Regular items are any items in Vanilla Minecraft, that are not listed separately here. They must be reverse auctioned in full double chest quantities. All items must have full durability.


    Dragon Eggs Best Minecraft Servers

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


    Nether Stars, Beacons & Elytra Best Minecraft Servers Best Minecraft Servers Best Minecraft Servers

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


    Enchanted Items Best Minecraft Servers

    Enchanted Items can be reverse auctioned in any quantity. You may mix multiple types of enchants/tools. You must specify the acceptable range of every item's enchantments (i.e. a Silk Touch pickaxe with either Efficiency 4 or 5 and Unbreaking 3) and they all must have full durability.


    Potions Best Minecraft Servers

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


    Horse Eggs Best Minecraft Servers

    Horse eggs can be reverse auctioned with a minimum quantity of 10. You must specify the acceptable ranges for each of the horse's stats, including speed, health, jump, and type.


    Horse Armour Best Minecraft Servers

    Horse armour can be reverse auctioned in minimum quantities 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 reverse auctioning.


    Certain EMC Custom Items Best Minecraft ServersBest Minecraft Servers

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


    Mob/Player Heads Best Minecraft ServersBest Minecraft Servers

    Mob Heads can be reverse auctioned in minimum quantities of 54. Player Heads may not be reverse auctioned. When reverse auctioning mob Heads, you must include the type of each head.


    Shiny Arrows & Shiny Flesh Best Minecraft ServersBest Minecraft Servers

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


    Dragon Stone Fragments & Stones Best Minecraft Servers Best Minecraft Servers

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


    Haunted Candy Best Minecraft Servers

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


    Enchanted Golden Apples (purple text) Best Minecraft Servers

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


    Cupid's Arrow Best Minecraft Servers

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


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

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

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

    Thread Title: [REVERSE AUCTION] Item Names Here
    Item: _________
    Starting Bid: _________
    Minimum Bid Decrease: ________
    Auction Ending Time: _______
    Expected Delivery Time: _________

    Example
    [REVERSE AUCTION] Double Chest of Sponge blocks
    Item: One double chest of sponge blocks
    Starting Bid: 1,000,000 rupees
    Minimum Bid Decrease: 10,000 rupees
    Auction Ending Time: 48 hours after the last valid bid*
    Expected Delivery Time: 48 hours after auction concluded.

    *Expected Delivery Time has a minimum of 48 hours and maximum of 7 days. If it is
    not specified the default is 48 hours after the reverse auction is concluded as per EMC standards.
    **You may not include a Maximum Bid Decrease. This leads to confusing reverse auctions and,due to the actions of some, has been removed for all.
  4. Rules for Reverse Auction Hosts
    Last Updated: May 21st, 2015
    • You may hold a maximum of 1 auction at a time in the Reverse Auctions section, regardless of supporter level.
    • Your Reverse Auction does not count against the allowable (based on supporter level) number of regular auctions you may host.
    • You may use alt accounts to hold additional reverse auctions. However, you must bump the reverse auction using the account that created them - your main account, or any other player may not bump your reverse auction. You may not use alts to bid on your own reverse auction.
    • You must post full details of your reverse 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 reverse auction after it begins. There is one exception to this rule: you may raise your reverse auction's starting price as long as no one has bid yet.
    • Even if you're unhappy with the price that someone wins your reverse auction, you must still buy the items for that price.
    • You may only create reverse auctions where rupees are used to bid. Items cannot be used to bid.
    • You may not include "bonus items" as a reward to the reverse auction winner.
    • You must provide a secure pickup location in the Town world for the reverse auction winner to sell you the items. We recommend you use [ACCESS] signs to do this.
    • You may specify an Expected Delivery Time from 48 hours to a maximum of 7 days (after the conclusion of the auction) in order to facilitate large auctions. An example would be a reverse auction for 10 DCs of sand with an EDT of 5 days.
    • You may not offer a "buy it now" price.
    • You may not have a "reserve price".
    • You may not end a reverse 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 decrease. 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
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  5. Rules for Reverse Auction Bidders
    Last Updated: May 21st, 2015
    • Do not bid on items that you cannot supply at the time of bidding. This includes having active bids open on other reverse auctions that would bring your total number of items involved below what is necessary on another reverse auction.
    • Do not make joke bids. Doing so may result in your removal from the Marketplace Forum Section.
    • You may only bid in rupees.
    • You are expected to sell within 48 hours of winning an auction, unless you and the reverse auction host agree to different terms, or if the reverse auction's OP states that there is a different time you have to sell 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 reverse auction, or item
      • You won the reverse auction, and are discussion selling/collection with the reverse auction Host
      • You are posting content that the staff deem relevant to the auction at hand
    • Asking to split a reverse auction is not a valid post. Please discuss matters like that in a PM.
    • The first bid on a reverse auction must be equal to, or LOWER than the starting bid.
    • All subsequent bids must be less than the last valid bid minus the minimum bid decrease. For example, if the current valid bid is 100 rupees, and the minimum bid decrease is 10 rupees, the highest you could bid is 90r.
    • You must not bid on reverse auctions created by alt accounts, or on reverse 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 a reverse auction if you are currently permbanned. Temporarily banned players are still allowed to bid on reverse auctions so long as your temporary ban will not prevent you from meeting the delivery deadline.
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  9. This is going to be the start of something amazing! :D
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  10. Cool
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  11. This is a great concept, I think azoundria started it. Pioneers!
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  12. So I was taking a look at the items that can be sold in an auction and items that can be sold in reverse auctions, and I noticed I saw nothing that would allow any Marlix or Momentus items to be auctioned.

    I've seen many auctions with Marlix equipment, does this mean they aren't actually legal? Or it's legal and just not listed?
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  13. I assume that they would be allowed because they are an EMC exclusive item such as a Promo. but they aren't a promo obviously. In other words I ~Think~ it is allowed because why wouldn't they?
  14. Ugh sorry for double post, Can't edit but anyways Marlix items would go under this rule...

    Enchanted Items Best Minecraft Servers
    Enchanted Items can be auctioned off in any quantity. You may mix multiple types of enchants/tools. You must list every item's enchantments, including enchantment name, and level, and they all must have full durability.
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  15. Some who have auctioned the item have not listed the enchantments. So I assumed it didn't go along with that category.
  16. I'm sorry but doesn't this mean that players who bid on the auction can go all the way to 0 rupees if the auction goes on long enough?

    I think there should be a set lowest price to avoid these situations.

    Thread Title: [REVERSE AUCTION] Item Names Here
    Item: _________
    Starting Bid: _________
    Set Price: _________
    Minimum Bid Decrease: ________
    Auction Ending Time: _________

    Just an idea to avoid two players gathering up to get a promo or such for free.
  17. Going to zero rupees means that they're willing to give them the item for free. If the bidder is okay with it, I'm sure the host will be too.
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  18. Ah I see, I'm afraid I was a bit confused.
  19. Horse eggs in reverse auctions are kind of irrelevant as nobody is really going to ask for a horse with specific stats. If not, rule should be at least changed.
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