New Classifieds Section Now Open

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Written by Road Star Clinic Staff   
Wednesday, 09 February 2005

We finally completed the work we needed to do to integrate our new classified section.

We appreciate everyone's patience with us on this one.

To maximize convenience for the members of the clinic, this section has been set up to know who the existing members of the clinic are. However, to use it as a registered member (and not as a guest), you will need to update your user profile. You can do so from the "Edit Profile" link under your user menu on the front page of the clinic.

Here are some things we would like you to know about the new classifieds section:

  • Basic listings, photo uploads, and photo previews are free.  Thanks to the folks at MaxAir engineering for their donation to help cover the cost of these items for a limited period of time.
  • If you use PayPal, you can list an item with a buy it now option.  You will need to insert your PayPal user email address in the appropriate location when setting up your ad.  If someone wishes to purchase your item, they will have the option to pay for it from the ad itself.  Selecting that option will take them to PayPal, and give them a chance to send you the amount you have listed your item for.  If they send you that amount, our system will receive a transaction acknowledgement and will close your ad automatically (assuming that the ad is for one item only - if it is for more than one item, it will close when the transaction that correlates to the last item is received).
  • We have set up a few basic categories.  One is for bikes, containing "Road Star", "Yamaha", and "other".  Yamaha contains categories for Yamaha bikes that are not Road Stars.   The "Other" section is where you should list bikes that are not Yamaha brand.  We have similarly setup a section for accessories.  There will be (and are) other sections, we invite you to take a look around.
  • The classifieds system main page will contain ads for items that sellers have elected to feature on the classifieds home page.  Each section will contain items at the top that sellers have taken the option to "category feature" listed at the top, followed by that categories normal listings.
  • The menu at the left will have the breakdown (if one exists) for the specific category you are in.  You can return to the main page at any time by clicking on "classifieds" link on the upper left side of the page where you see this "Location > Home > Classifieds".  Above the listings for each section there will be a path with each descending section listed in it.  These are links you can use to navigate that section.
  • The classifieds section uses a feedback system that will allow you to see what other folks who have done business with someone thought of their transactions.  It is keyed to activate whenever someone uses PayPal to pay for an item.  Doing so will allow both the seller, and the buyer, to leave feedback on one another.  At this time, only transactions that use the PayPal option will activate feedback.  If you want o accrue feedback so others will have a good reference for you, you will need to use the PayPal option on items you sell, or buy items that have the PayPal logo listed at the top.
  • The "My Account" link at the top center of the page (Just below the "Road Star Clinic" logo) will take you to a page with pertinent information about your account.  You must be logged in to access this feature.  If you are not you will be given an opportunity to log in there.  Members of the clinic who have not added their "Contact Information" to their profiles will not be able to access the "My Account" section.  It will just log you in as a guest, and return you to the same login screen.
  • If you are logged in, you will able to add items for sale to your "circled items" list.  You can access this list of items from your "My Account" screen.
  • If a seller is accepting offers on an item (and you are not a guest), you will have a box at the bottom of the listing that will allow you to send the seller an offer.  The offer will be sent internally from your username to his/hers.  They will be able to access any pending offers from their "My Accounts" screen, and will also receive an email notifying them that someone has made an offer on their item.
  • If you wish to ask to ask the seller a question (and again, you are logged in and not a guest) there will be a box at the bottom of each listing which will allow you to ask the seller your question.  Filling in the box, and submitting it, will send an internal email to the sellers username, from your username, and send them an email notification that someone has asked a question about their item.
  • Listings will not contain direct contact information (to protect you).  If someone wants to ask a question, make an offer, or purchase an item, they will need to be logged in to do so, and it will happen internally between your two usernames (with appropriate notification of these events being emailed to you from the clinic).  When an item is sold, contact information will be sent to both the buyer and seller about the other individual involved so that they can complete the transaction.  This will be in the form of an email notification from the classifieds system.
  • Some of the documentation, in particular the help oriented sections are incomplete at this time.  We are working as fast as we can to get them completed.  If you would like to figure something out and assist us in this, please contact us via the "Contact Us" option under the main menu of the clinic's front page.

Thanks to all again for your patience, we think this is going to be a great addition to the clinic!

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