Welcome to MTG Salvation's Market Street. The following rules and regulations govern all transactions within the Market Street, as well as any disputes that may arise. If you have questions or concerns regarding the interpretation, implementation or enforcement of these rules or the policies and precedents of Market Street, please feel free to contact the Market Street team via creating a thread in the Market Street Staff Inbox.
1.1 By maintaining a trade or sales thread in Market Street, posting inquiries or inquiring via private message about items listed in a Market Street thread, users consent to and agree to abide by all of the following rules and regulations, and agree not to bring legal action of any kind against MTG Salvation or its staff for any reason. Users of Market Street may have their account subjected to an Eligibility Review at the discretion of the Market Street staff.
1.2 A user may only represent one (1) forum identity with one (1) active shipping address within Market Street. Traders wishing to share the same mailing address must have prior approval from the Market Street Staff. Please post such applications in the Market Street Staff Inbox. We reserve the right to revoke approval at any time for any reason via notification. Users found in violation of this rule may have their accounts permanently banned from trading at the discretion of the Market Street staff.
1.3 We reserve the right to suspend or terminate any users' trading/sales privilege at any time for any reason to maintain the integrity of the MTG Salvation forums.
1.4 Users posting in Market Street are required to list their location (state if in the USA, province in Canada, Country otherwise) in the rules section of their sales or trade thread. Members who receive confirmation of trades or actual shipments from locations that do not match their trading partner's listed location are to contact staff immediately, before shipping or confirming.
1.5 A transaction (negotiated exchange of agreed upon items, wares, services, and terms thereof) is considered Confirmed if the following criteria have been established:
Contents of trade agreed upon;
Exchange of addresses.
Once a transaction has been confirmed, it is as though you have exchanged cards in person. The transaction is final. Reneging is a serious offense and grounds for possible suspension and up to a full site ban.
Backing out after confirmation: User is Trade Banned for at least thirty days Trade Banned for Bad Trading Policies.
No show BTR: User is indefinitely Trade Banned.
Ripping: User is indefinitely Trade Banned and has a Site Wide Ban for one year non-appealable.
Other misbehavior: User can be Trade Banned or Site Banned for a Staff determined amount depending on the severity of the misbehavior.
1.6 Items purchased using PayPal must be shipped to a PayPal confirmed address. Users requesting that items be shipped to an address not provided to the seller via PayPal forfeit all Bad Trader Report rights for that trade and will be banned from Market Street if they file a PayPal dispute for that trade for any reason.
1.7 It is your responsibility to ensure that your package(s) reach their intended destinations. You will be held accountable for items lost in the mail if you did not use a form of tracking. Proof of sending is not sufficient. Senders are responsible for package(s) only until they reach their final destination and cannot be held responsible for items lost or stolen after proven delivery.
1.8 We strongly recommend (but do not require) the use of a third party trade through a staff member or approved by both sides third party trader for trades involving any card with a medium TCGPlayer value of $100 or greater.
2.1 As iTrader feedback is the Market Street community's primary means of rating fellow traders, it is highly encouraged that users exchange feedback for each transaction they participate in.
2.2 Only transactions exchanged via postal service or other recognized commercial carrier(s) are eligible for iTrader References. Digital exchanges (MTGO) are not eligible for iTrader rating.
2.3 Users sharing an IP address, email address, or physical address may not exchange iTrader References unless expressly given by the Market Street Staff.
2.4 iTrader feedback exchanged by users who have not completed a transaction negotiated via MTG Salvation is considered fraudulent - this also includes trades done in person or on other sites. Users suspected of iTrader Reference fraud will be subject to an eligibility review. The penalty for Reference Fraud is anywhere from a 6-month trade suspension to a complete trade ban depending on the nature of the offense.
2.5 Neutral iTrader Feedback does affect a user's iTrader Percentile, and is to be used at a user's discretion. However, it is strongly suggested that users submit a neutral rating to any transaction that suffers from at least one 'bad trading practices,' including but not limited to:
Rude or aggressive behavior
Exceptionally poor communication
Tardiness in shipping without notice
Insufficient protection of goods
Misrepresentation of goods
Negative rating = -1
Neutral rating = 0
Positive rating = +1
So, if you have 100 trades with:
95 positive + 5 negative = 90%.
95 Positive + 5 Neutrals = 95%
100 Positive = 100%
2.6 Negative iTrader feedback may only be left with Market Street staff approval. User desiring to leave negative feedback must file a Bad Trader Report. Users leaving negative feedback without Market Street staff approval will receive a one year infraction and the feedback will be deleted.
2.7 Retaliatory iTrader feedback is grounds for filing a Bad Trader Report and will likely result in a permanent infraction for bad trading practices.
2.8 When determining who sends their end first, the default is the trader with the lower iTrader sends first, then the higher iTrader sends once he or she has received from their trading partner. Users may agree on a different shipping order or to send at the same time, but this must be agreed to by both sides and prior to confirmation.
3.1 A Bad Trade Report (henceforth "BTR") may be filed when a user is suspected of or caught breaking any rule(s) governing Market Street, or violating established ethics regarding a transaction on Market Street. If a user believes their transaction has gone awry for reasons not covered in these rules and regulations, please contact Duxx or create a thread in the MS box for further assistance.
3.2 Filing a BTR should be your last resort to resolve any disputes pertaining to your transactions. You should attempt to resolve the matter privately before seeking staff assistance. Additionally, a BTR may only be filed after the appropriate deadlines have passed:
For payments via PayPal, allow 72 hours from the confirmation PM or email for receipt of payment
For transactions within the United States, allocate two (2) weeks for delivery from the arranged upon mailing time;
Four (4) weeks to an Army Post Office (APO) or Fleet Post Office (FPO);
For transactions to/from the United States to/from Canada, allocate three (3) weeks for delivery from the arranged upon mailing time;
For transactions between European Union countries, allocate three (3) weeks for delivery from the arranged upon mailing time;
For all other international transactions, allocate four (4) weeks for delivery from the arranged upon mailing time.
3.3 When filing a BTR, use the subject line to indicate who your dispute is with (for example, Rai Kerensky's trade with Annorax). Make sure to indicate the nature of your dispute within your post as well as providing all substantiating documents, such as private messages, emails, instant message logs or any relevant photographs. If you have a delivery confirmation number, you must include it in your substantiating documents. Addresses for both parties are required when posting BTRs and may not be omitted for any reason.
3.4 Conditions of cards and other items cannot be used as dispute grounds if conditions were not specified in the original trade negotiations. If conditions are not specified and a card shows up in poor, but sleeve-playable condition, BTR rulings will not result in compensation for conditional differences.
3.5 Users who do not have valid trading privileges may not post BTR threads. The MTG Salvation staff will not assist banned members or members without valid trading privileges in any way. All BTR cases posted by users without trading privileges will be dismissed; such users will have no recourse for any kind of dispute on MTG Salvation. Users caught assisting suspended or banned members to engage in any Market Street activity will be site banned.
3.6 Users who submit BTRs that do not meet the minimum criteria outlined in rules 3.1-3.5 may receive an infraction.
3.7 Members who are listed as the defendant in a BTR thread will be suspended from trading until the case is dismissed, and in the meantime may not engage in trade/buy/sell negotiations or confirm transactions. If a trade is already confirmed prior to the BTR, a Market Street Staff member will assist in communications between the two trading partners. Violation of this rule is considered suspension evasion, which results in automatic banning from MTG Salvation.
3.8 Whilst we respect user privacy, if a user is the accused party in a BTR, their name and other identifying information (such as email address, name, city, state, postal code, etc) will remain public until the dispute is settled. Should the dispute result in the accused being banned from MTG Salvation, suspended from Market Street, banned from Market Street or listed as a bad trader, we reserve the right to repost their identifying information as a public service. Members in good standing may request their information be removed the Bad Trading Report and Resolution forum. Requests for information to be removed from the Bad Trader thread will be handled on a case by case basis.
3.9 Retaliatory posting will not be tolerated. If a BTR is filed against a user, it does not give them justification to file one against the other party. Any such retaliatory threads will automatically be closed along with a permanent infraction issued for bad trading practices.
3.10 Users may not post in BTR threads that do not involve them (i.e. not the sender, receiver, or third party) unless the information posted is vital to the case at hand. Infractions will be issued if the information is not vital.
3.11 BTRs may result in disciplinary action, even if a case is resolved without loss or hardship. The Market Street staff reserve the right to make any BTR ruling we deem necessary to protect the integrity of MTG Salvation.
4.1 Users are permitted to have no more than one (1) active trade and one (1) active sales thread at any time. Any additional trade or sale threads will result in the newer thread(s) being closed without notice. Update your thread through use of the edit function, or close your current one.
4.2 Any thread found to be in violation of these rules will be moderated as appropriate. Posting on threads that are not compliant with these rules is a moderatable offense. Please report non-compliant threads.
4.3 A trade thread must contain the following:
4.3.1 Both a "haves" and "wants" list;
4.3.2 While not required, it is helpful to state whether or not you trade internationally.
4.4 A sales thread must contain the following:
4.4.1 A list of cards for sale and/or list of cards the user wants to buy;
4.4.2 Price per card –
18.104.22.168 If packaged as a lot, a price for the lot.
22.214.171.124 If offered as a lot and as singles, both the price per card and a lot price;
126.96.36.199 Sales threads priced as lots may not have individual offers submitted. Doing so will result in an infraction; (removing)
4.4.3 Shipping prices and procedures;
4.4.4 While not required, it is helpful to state whether or not you purchase or ship internationally;
4.4.5 Payment method(s); Sellers accepting PayPal gift payment must provide a non-gift option. Either the buyer covers fees, or seller covers fees. Buyers having been given the option and choosing to use the gift form of payment are subject to assume the loss (paypal doesn't refund "gifts") on a failed transaction. Buyers may submit a Bad Trader Report for documentation purposes only
4.4.6 The currency being used for prices (no listed currency defaults to USD).
4.5 Whenever a trade or sale is finalized, all card(s) must be removed from the trade/sale thread in a timely fashion.
4.6 Unless otherwise noted, all forum and Market Street rules supersede rules posted by traders or sellers/buyers. However, should both parties agree to the use of a set of rules via PM or post, the agreed upon terms may be used in lieu of the Market Street rules. The Market Street staff reserve the right to refuse enforcement of agreed upon rules at their discretion.
4.7 The following are not allowed to buy, sell, or trade):
Item(s) you do not have physical possession of1;
Repacks and or grab bags;
Proxies and/or reproductions2;
Unreleased product (Unreleased product is allowed only in your "want list");
Magic Online accounts and Magic Online items such as tickets and cards.
Other digital properties such League of Legends accounts or items.
Store Credit or offering something from a store, person, or site.
Other items that are not sent through the mail or PayPal, including PucaTrade points.
1You must have physical possession of all items you are soliciting for sale and or trade. Users caught soliciting items they do not have physical or legal possession of may receive a one year infraction for bad trade practices and/or be banned from trading 2Anyone attempting to buy/sell/trade proxies and or reproductions will be suspended and may be automatically banned from MTG Salvation.
4.8 Itemized lists of off-site references are not allowed. Links to off-site references are acceptable.
4.9 Links to off-site sales or trades such as eBay auctions are not allowed. You may only list and/or link MTGS lists in your trade/sales threads. Any links to lists outside of MTGS is an automatic 1 point infraction, length to be determined by staff. The penalty for non-MTGS sales (eBay, etc) is an account suspension.
4.10 Hall of Fame/Shame and itemized lists of completed transactions in trade or sale threads are not permitted. The iTrader feedback serves this purpose.
4.11 Non-Magic Item Trading.
MtGSalvation will allow you trade non-Magic the Gathering items on your trade and/or Sales threads.
The normal trade and sell rules apply to all transactions for non-Magic the Gathering items.
In addition, items are limited to what can be traded here fall under
Physical Games. This includes video games, board games, and game consoles.
Other Card Games.
Comic books, books, manga, and graphic novels.
DVDs and other legally obtained media.
Miniatures for games, such as X-Wing or Warhammer 40K.
Items that meet the following criteria may not be traded on MTGS:
Digital items (video game CD Keys and accounts).
Items that are unlawful to possess or own in any US jurisdiction or your location. (marijuana assault rifles)
Items that require government-issued licenses or permits in any US jurisdiction or your location (other firearms)
Items whose purchase, ownership, or possession are subject to age restrictions in any US jurisdiction or your location.
Market Street staff may deem a non-Magic item inappropriate and ask you to remove it from your trading pos. If you are unsure about an item you want to trade, buy or sell here, ask a Market Street Staff member first.
Participation in Market Street is a privilege, not a right, of all MTG Salvation members. Therefore, any member that has had their trading privileges revoked from any other site will be considered guilty of bad trade practices on MTG Salvation and have their trading privileges revoked.
Any user whose trading privileges have been revoked under this Doctrine may file an application for privilege restoration with the Market Street staff. All applications will be thoroughly reviewed and all claims investigated. Users who appeal agree to abide by our decision, be it in the affirmative or negative. This decision is final.
Any user caught participating in Market Street3 without valid original4 or restored5 trading privileges will be banned from MTG Salvation permanently.
3Market Street Cafe and BTRs excluded 4Original trading privilege is defined as a user whose first online trade is conducted through MTG Salvation 5Restored trading privilege is defined as a user whose trading privileges were revoked under this doctrine and subsequently restored by the Market Street Staff.
12/14/15: Typos edited (Thanks KnickM)
02/17/16:Rule 4.7 was edited to better clarify what digital items were acceptable.
07/11/16: Added Rule 4.11. Also clarified that PucaTrade Points are not acceptable to trade.
7/28/16: Added Rule 2.8.
10/16/16 Removed Rai as a point of contact.