Can you "legally" add a section on your site for others to place their WANTED ads?

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I have a small website that sells certain things domestically/locally, now i was thinking because quite often i get emails asking "Do you know where i can get this etc." so i was thinking i'll just create a section where users can write up there WANTED ads such as:

Wanted: Looking for an ABC that would work with my XYZ if anyone would like to sell me one, my number is 00012345, thanks.

Now since they can only ask for things and not advertise what they are selling, would i have to do anything such as add new Terms and Conditions. Would it be legal to allow people to post their number like that ^.

Where do i stand, what else do i have to take into account?
Any tips much appreciated. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
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    • Profile picture of the author stev151
      I dont see how it could be illegal?
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  • Profile picture of the author dv8domainsDotCom
    Originally Posted by JerryFB View Post

    I have a small website that sells certain things domestically/locally, now i was thinking because quite often i get emails asking "Do you know where i can get this etc." so i was thinking i'll just create a section where users can write up there WANTED ads such as:

    Wanted: Looking for an ABC that would work with my XYZ if anyone would like to sell me one, my number is 00012345, thanks.

    Now since they can only ask for things and not advertise what they are selling, would i have to do anything such as add new Terms and Conditions. Would it be legal to allow people to post their number like that ^.

    Where do i stand, what else do i have to take into account?
    Any tips much appreciated. Thanks.
    You would really want to consider the viewpoint of both consumers (of your services) in this transaction.

    The consumers (of which, we have buyer(s) and a seller(s) of goods) will need to see value from using your services which is beyond what your competition already provides.

    You will also want a way to provide a mutually "safe" environment for your consumers to use the site without potentially violating their own privacy (in other words, Craigslist, for example, uses pseudo-email addresses to put buyers in contact with the seller. YOU will probably want to do the same, except for putting SELLER(s) in contact with the buyer). Having your "Buyers" post their own phone numbers and email addresses is a jackpot for spammers.

    So this sort of thing is perfectly "legal", but in a sense, you will still want to safeguard your consumer's data. You can't STOP somebody from posting their personal info, of course; but you can try to give them options to where they can still be contacted without having to do that.
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    • Profile picture of the author jkibbles
      Originally Posted by dv8domainsDotCom View Post

      You would really want to consider the viewpoint of both consumers (of your services) in this transaction.

      The consumers (of which, we have buyer(s) and a seller(s) of goods) will need to see value from using your services which is beyond what your competition already provides.

      You will also want a way to provide a mutually "safe" environment for your consumers to use the site without potentially violating their own privacy (in other words, Craigslist, for example, uses pseudo-email addresses to put buyers in contact with the seller. YOU will probably want to do the same, except for putting SELLER(s) in contact with the buyer). Having your "Buyers" post their own phone numbers and email addresses is a jackpot for spammers.

      So this sort of thing is perfectly "legal", but in a sense, you will still want to safeguard your consumer's data. You can't STOP somebody from posting their personal info, of course; but you can try to give them options to where they can still be contacted without having to do that.
      ^^This. Find a script to anonymize email addresses, or only make the Classifieds available to members (hey, might help build your list) and enable some sort of messaging system. That way your users' information doesn't end up posted on the internet, and you can still supply a useful service.
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  • Profile picture of the author Green Moon
    Of course you can do it but then you ask "would i have to do anything such as add new Terms and Conditions"?

    Your terms and conditions should always reflect the actual activities that you have on your site. Without seeing your T&C, no one can say whether or not they need to be updated, but it is likely that they would if you previously did not allow users to post ads.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sigourney
    Where is fingerprint scanner of Privacy Guard? How does it work? please reply..
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  • Unless one of these people is a business lawyer with a specialty in internet law, their advice means nothing. You need to talk to a lawyer about the legal requirements and issues in your locality.

    Word of warning to all: Do NOT ask legal questions on the internet, and do NOT give legal advice on the internet unless you are actually a lawyer.

    Even if you've been in a similar situation, laws vary widely throughout various jurisdictions.

    To the best of my knowledge, there are only two people on this entire forum who may be qualified to answer such a question.
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    • Profile picture of the author irawr
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      Originally Posted by Bradley J Anderson View Post

      Word of warning to all: Do NOT ask legal questions on the internet, and do NOT give legal advice on the internet unless you are actually a lawyer.
      I will absolutely 100% agree with this statement. I've been shutdown by my attorney many times. While saying something like "but I see people doing it all time and people have asked and other people said" and then they reply "well if you want to stay out of court you shouldn't follow their footsteps." After thinking about it, I realized there's a lot of stuff people do, that is either not a good idea, or they open themselves up to massive problems later on.

      Sometimes I have to balance out risk vs reward and I just do it anyways, but at the very least you know what could potentially happen (talking civil matters here.) But you would be surprised by what people do that is clearly completely illegal. Sooner or later they will get the hammer smashed down on them, especially if they want to scale it up to the maximum. Which, if you want to make money, that is exactly what you want to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kherk Roldan
    Its legal jerry! your good to go! nothing to worry about placing ads to your website
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Unless your site is already getting TRAFFIC, it would be a waste of time to post up a WANTED section.

    Seriously.

    There is so much competition out there and people don't have time to mess around.

    You better step up with something they are looking for (in this case, EYEBALLS aka TRAFFIC) or it won't be worth their time.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Not legal advice, just practical consideration...

      Modify your TOS to specify that you are simply providing the platform for communication, and that you assume no responsibility or liability for content posted to your site.

      In other words, Cover Your Ass.

      The exact wording should be provided by a qualified attorney.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
        Originally Posted by JerryFB View Post


        Wanted: Looking for an ABC that would work with my XYZ if anyone would like to sell me one, my number is 00012345, thanks.

        Now since they can only ask for things and not advertise what they are selling, would i have to do anything such as add new Terms and Conditions. Would it be legal to allow people to post their number like that ^.

        Where do i stand, what else do i have to take into account?
        Any tips much appreciated. Thanks.
        NOT LEGAL ADVICE - but here is what we have going on.

        We have a FB group that is for local consignments. People buy/sell in the group (you have to be accepted to get into the group) and when someone is looking for something they post an ISO for "in search of."

        Link out the back of your site and start a group in facebook.

        Recently the formatting changed within the posting that it's now possible to do some auto fill fields in the group to put the prices of things too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by JerryFB View Post

    Would it be legal to allow people to post their number like that ^. Where do i stand, what else do i have to take into account?

    Be prepared for lots of spam, and yes, you will need to make sure your terms and conditions cover all the ways personal information could be used unfavorably.

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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
    You could be looking at jail time.
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  • Yes you can. I'd have a privacy policy stated in the TOS.
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