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LAST UPDATED: June 17th, 2013. Comments and ideas are welcome!
Welcome to PKMNCollectors! We are a very close-knit community of members who love to buy, trade, sell, and collect all types Pokemon merchandise! You may think you are joining just to have access to rare Pokemon goods, but beware; you'll probably end up with a hundred new friends instead! Introduce yourself, post photos of your collections, admire other collections, and HAVE FUN!!! But first... READ THE RULES!
Table of Contents
3. General Rules
4. Rules for Sellers
5. Rules for Buyers
6. Beware of Bootlegs
7. Special Notices
9. Community Tags
CHECK MODPOST TAG
Modposts are friendly, monthly reminders from your community moderators!
Please read the modpost tag to find out which rules are being broken frequently,
and what to do to avoid contributing to an annoying trend!
You COULD officially be banned for the following reasons!
2. Trolling or showing negative, anti-pokemon or anti-collecting behavior.
3. Exhibiting abusive, racist, sexist, aggressive, or threatening behaviors.
4. Sexual harassment.
5. Backing out of bids on Group Auctions.
6. Having more than 3 (three) negative feedbacks (depending on their severity).
7. Being reprimanded/contacted more than 3 (three) times by a moderator.
●◎You constantly delete bids/comments referring to the purchase of an item.
●◎You are being over-dramatic, immature, or rude towards others.
[ Link to General Rules ]
THIS IS A COMMUNITY ABOUT POKEMON MERCHANDISE.
●This also means NO NON-POKEMON MERCHANDISE MAY BE SOLD ON THE COMMUNITY WHATSOEVER. If you have a sales post on your personal journal please keep your non-Pokemon items on a completely separate post. If you do not want to do this you do not have any obligation to advertise your sales here. You may link to your non-Pokemon sales on a sales post hosted in your own LJ. Non-Pokemon items in GA lots are the one exception to this rule.
DO NOT ADVERTISE SALES OF ANY KIND UNTIL YOU HAVE SALES PERMISSION.
DO NOT POST MORE THAN ONCE PER DAY
DO NOT POST TO ADVERTISE, PROMOTE, PRAISE OR ENDORSE ANY BOOTLEG GOODS.
DO NOT ALTER THE FONT OF YOUR ENTIRE POST.
DO NOT POST AUCTIONS IN PROGRESS.
DO NOT MAKE DRAMATIC POSTS, “I AM LEAVING” POSTS, or "EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE IS TERRIBLE" ETC. POSTS.
DO NOT ASK THE COMM TO KEEP TRACK OF YOUR FINANCES/PURCHASES.
NO EXCESSIVE MINI-MODDING.
ALL UN-CUT PHOTOGRAPHS MUST BE UNDER 500 pixels wide and 500 pixels tall.
KEEP PHOTOS ON TOPIC.
DO NOT MAKE "BEGGING" POSTS (REQUESTING GROUP AUCTIONS OR Y!J MIDDLEMEN)
●If you have sales permission, you may make posts requesting a partner to help you run the group auction, but these posts MUST be deleted once a partner is found. Do NOT partner with someone you do not know.
●There are dozens of deputy services for bidding on Y!J. If you wish to bid or buy on Y!J please sign up for one of them. You may not ask someone on the community to use their deputy service for you. This rule only applies to Yahoo!Japan. Middlemen requests for countries besides Japan are fine (as there are no deputies available or fees involved).
●Do NOT post asking for "someone in Japan" to do special favors or store runs for you. Members who are in Japan are not there for YOUR convenience and not everyone enjoys doing free errands for random people. If a member in Japan is willing to sell Pokemon goods, or has permission to do a store run, they will post about it.
●◎DO NOT COMMENT ON SALES COMPLAINING THAT YOU’RE BROKE
●◎DO NOT COMMENT ON SALES WHINING THAT YOU MISSED AN ITEM
●◎DO NOT COMMENT TO MEMBERS BUYING/BIDDING ON WHAT YOU WANT TO MAKE THEM FEEL BAD.
[ Link to Rules for Sellers ]
BEFORE YOU SELL OR ADVERTISE YOUR AUCTIONS YOU MUST ASK PERMISSION BEFORE POSTING A SALES POST. Click the link to find out how to get permission! Your sales posts will be deleted without warning otherwise!
POST YOUR INFORMATION!
HAVE CLEAR GUIDELINES
Sellers should state their policies on buyer's priority to an item. If they do not have a policy, the community default rule is as follows:
-Timestamps will determine who committed first, regardless of edits or additional comments.
A seller can change this rule in their policies, I.E., give people asking for quotes first claim over those who commit. Therefore you must carefully read all the seller's policies before commenting. If the seller does not specify a change from the community standard regarding claims and commitments to buy, the community standard rule is automatically applied.
Using the terminology "Auction", "Offer", or "OBO (Or Best Offer)"
-An auction has a set ending time. All bids must be higher than the starting price.
-An item up for offer does not have a set ending time and the seller may end it whenever they receive an offer they wish to accept. All offers must be higher than the starting price.
-OBO means the seller will accept an offer LOWER than the starting price. If the starting price is offered at any time, the offers are considered ended and the sale complete.
ONLY ONE REMINDER ALLOWED
DO NOT ACCEPT MONEY FOR GOODS YOU DO NOT HAVE IN HAND
DO NOT UPDATE MORE THAN ONCE PER DAY WITH YOUR SALES
SET CLEAR STARTING PRICES FOR AUCTION/BEST OFFER STYLE SALES
BAN NON-PAYING BUYERS AND BIDDERS FROM YOUR SALES TO AVOID FUTURE PROBLEMS
ALL SALES POSTS MUST ABIDE BY COMMUNITY RULES
THE 35-DAY RULE
[ Link to Rules for Buyers ]
HAVE PAYMENT READY
DO NOT BACK OUT OF A SALE
ASK FOR SHIPPING QUOTES BEFORE COMMITTING TO BUY
REPLY TO SELLERS
BID IN AUCTIONS PROPERLY TO AVOID CONFUSION
READ SELLER’S RULES BEFORE COMMENTING ON SALES
BEWARE OF BOOTLEGS!
These are simply our community guidelines designed to keep collectors safe from accidentally buying and/or promoting companies that willfully steal designs and mass produce fakes.
YOU MAY NOT POST ADVERTISING, PROMOTING, PRAISING OR ENDORSING ANY BOOTLEG GOODS.
Having a bootleg in your collection is obviously allowed, and you are allowed to have it in photos, but please do not do entire posts focusing solely on proven bootleg items in your collection. Likewise, please avoid pointing them out specifically in your collection updates, which could spark unwanted debate and drama. (What about "Mirage Plush"?)
Linking to a store that sells bootlegs counts as promoting that store, even if you only wish to confirm if they are bootlegs or not. It is okay to post an image to check if the item is a bootleg, but only if you have already done the preliminary checks:
●Are there dozens of the same item for sale across Ebay, etc?
●Are multiple sellers using the same stock image of this item?
●Is the item deformed looking?
●Is the seller located in China/Hong Kong?
Keep in mind not all bootlegs match everything in this checklist, and not every seller in China/Hong Kong is selling bootlegs. Many bootleg stores advertise their location as being California, Australia, etc., and some bootlegs do not look deformed in their stock image.
The sellers with the "12 Inch" plush are all bootleggers. Most patterns are copies of official plush, or stolen from custom artists and their customers, who were in some cases, PKMNcollectors.ANY POST INQUIRING IN ANY WAY ABOUT THE "12 INCH" PLUSH WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DELETED, no matter how "cool and original" they may seem.
WHAT ARE MIRAGE PLUSH? HOW DO I TELL ONE APART FROM A BOOTLEG?
1. Are old (so far nothing beyond Gen II has been found), made at least a decade ago.
2. They were not mass-produced (very few have ever been seen).
3. They have unknown origins (probably unlicensed), but ARE company-made, with limited-info tush tag or none at all, and created by small/independent companies.
4. They are created from a 100% unique pattern (not a reject or a copy of an existing product).
Bootlegs, in comparison:
1. Are made of toys from any time period, and the most rampant are often copied from new items.
2. Are a mass-produced copies and/or mass produced "factory rejects" (unlike a factory error item, which would be rare, factory rejects which are usually missing body parts are for some reason found in the thousands).
3. They come from proven bootleggers. This can be proven easily by checking the seller's other items for sale, which will often be other mass produced copies and fakes of official products.
4. They are copies and fakes of official products, not unique patterns or designs, and occasionally copies of custom artist's works.
[ Link to Special Notices ]
ABOUT NEGATIVE AND NEUTRAL FEEDBACK!
-The item's packaging (on part of the seller, not the post office) or condition (as compared to how it was described) is questionable. ALWAYS talk to the seller about these situations before leaving a feedback.
-The seller/buyer's behaviour was questionable, uncomfortable, impolite or annoying.
-The seller/buyer backed out of the deal at a very late stage (best determined on case by case basis).
-More than three months passed before you received your item or payment (custom items usually excluded).
-The seller/buyer was extremely rude, pestering, lying, manipulating, etc.
If you have a well-established LiveJournal account from before 2011 with many entries, we will probably approve you as a member with ease.
If you have a newer LiveJournal account with no journal entries, you may be rejected as a member. To be accepted as a member, please add some information about yourself on your profile and make a journal entry before requesting membership. This entry should contain one or more photos of your collection and a paragraph introducing yourself. You can include information about yourself, why you want to join PKMNCollectors, your favorite Pokemon, your email, your country, etc. This will help us approve your membership much more quickly!
Sometimes we cannot approve your membership because you have not validated your email account with LiveJournal. In this case, we are automatically forced by LJ to reject you. Make sure your email is validated.
ABOUT CUSTOMS AND ARTWORK!
Custom artists WITH sales permission may only post about their custom work twice a month UNLESS you are hosting an auction for a commission slot or a finished item, in which case you may post once advertising the auction and again as a reminder, for a total of FOUR custom posts a month. Mixing your customs posts with your regular posts is NOT a loophole to get around this rule, sorry.
Custom artists WITHOUT sales permission are only permitted to post about custom work that is part of your collection. Do not make "Look what I made!" posts to gauge interest in your products. You are not permitted to link to your DeviantArt or plush shop unless you have sales permission.
Nintendo World: (646) 459-0800
Mitsukoshi (Epcot): (407) 827-8513
ABOUT STORE RUNS/PICK-UPS!
To do a pickup in your area, you do not need to obtain special permission.
--Pickups for items from "local comic book stores" or similar will require photos of the actual stock. These stores are usually only stocked with bootleg items.
To do a pickup while on vacation but still in your own country, please contact denkimouse at denkimouse[@]gmail[.]com to obtain permission.
--Include information such as the length of your visit and method of travel.
--Pickups while on vacation are limited to the amount of items that can comfortably be taken home.
To do a pickup while on vacation/temporarily staying in a foreign country, please contact denkimouse to obtain permission.
--Keep in mind, most requests to do pickups while on vacation abroad will be turned down automatically.*
--Include information such as the length of your stay and method of travel.
●If staying longer-term (study abroad, etc), please include the following in your request:
--Are you able to speak and understand the native language?
--How do you plan to calculate postage? Please include an example shipping quote for an example order.
--Have you located a post office and place to purchase packaging supplies?
●If a pickup while abroad is approved, a maximum of ten slots (ten customers) may be taken. If the stay is long term and the first pickup receives good feedback and goes smoothly, approval to increase number of slots can be obtained. Permission to do a pickup abroad must be received for each new pickup. If the stay abroad is a year+, a more permanent pickup permission can be discussed after the first three successful pickups.
*The reason for this is that many vacations do not last beyond 2-3 weeks, and based on past experiences we no longer feel it is a good idea to allow pickups to be done within a week or two of having landed in a foreign country. Many have also voiced that while they expected a pickup would be a fun experience during their vacation, it ended up being very hard work that took up most of their time abroad, and in a few cases the pickup was not completed for months/years due to confusion and lack of time.
ONCE YOU HAVE PERMISSION TO DO A PICK UP...
●You may take payment as you choose (before, after, or in 2 parts), but no matter how payment is taken: The 35 day rule still applies. That means you cannot begin accepting money for an item that is not coming out for many months! The items must be coming out within three weeks of when you take payments.
●Please do not try to maintain more than two ACTIVE store run/pick ups at one time. Note that this only applies to pickups actively collecting money at the time. The limitation does not apply to letting people claim slots months ahead of time with no money being collected yet.
●Special permission for whatever reason to take deposits or payments beyond a month early must be acquired before attempting it. Contact the community owner (denkimouse) to obtain permission. This is an extremely rare circumstance and certain agreements must be made and adhered to. This permission will be lost is the agreement is broken or abused.
●If you are doing a store run at a popular location (IE, Pokemon Center kiosk) or for a popular item, please be courteous and do not post your own store run immediately after someone else posts a similar one. It would be best to wait until a different day if this is the case so everyone has a chance -- use common courtesy.
[ Link to Tutorials ]
A comprehensive list to all of our guides is available at the PKMNCollectors Tutorial Archive.
Please click here for tutorials on how to use LiveJournal, identifying and avoiding bootlegs, guides on how to use middleman services, caring for your collection, paypal disputes, guides to buying and selling on the community, and more. Here are links to some of our most helpful guides:
●◎New Member's Guide to PKMNCollectors
●◎How do to LJ cuts!
●◎Price Check Guide!
●◎Y!J Searching Tutorial!
●◎What is a "Mirage Plush"?
[ Link to Official Community Tags ]
DON'T FORGET OUR OFFICIAL COMMUNITY TAGS!
ANYONE can add missing tags from ANY member's post by clicking this button in a post! Please do!
Tags for Pokemon Merchandise
info - for info and news on upcoming and new merchandise
plush - for all other plush posts
figures - for anything that is a figure
charms - for about metal charms
cards - for TCG and other card related things
games - for game or DS related merchandise (please note game strategy or game discussion in general is off topic)
people - for posts focusing on the human characters of the pokemon franchise
books - for manga, doujinshi, or other bound items
stamps - for posts containing any kind of stamps
settei - for posts about settei and official Pokemon production art
zukan - for posts focusing on 1/40 scale zukan figures
kids - for posts focusing on pokemon kids
metal figures - for posts about metal figures
custom - for any custom pokemon - plush, artwork, sculpture, commissions, etc
mpc - for posts focusing on the My Pokemon Collection plush line
pokedolls - for posts with pokedolls and/or pokedoll related merchandise/info/etc
canvas - for posts featuring the pokemon center canvas plush line
mirage plush - or any post pertaining to the mysteries of the mirage plushies
bell plush - for posts focusing on the bell plush series
jakks - for posts with toys and goods by the USA company jakks pacific
tomy - for posts with toys and goods by japanese company takara tomy
pokecen - for posts with toys and goods by the pokemon center
banpresto - for posts with toys and goods by the japanese UFO catcher company banpresto
ensky - for posts with toys and goods by ensky, including keshipoke, retsuden stamps, amada stickers, etc...
toy factory - for posts about toy factory plush
Tags for the Community
modpost - use this tag to search for posts by mods
collection - for when you post your collection photos and updates
sales - for your sales and pick ups posts
auctions - for your personal auctions you are running on the community or eBay, etc
trading - for posts about trading items with other members
group auction - for group auctions
group buy - for group buys
payments - to help find posts about payments and totals
wanted - for your wanted list or posts about items you are searching for
contest - this tag will be used when there is a contest going or as a way to archive past contest entries)
introductions - for your introduction/first post
events - for community activities and events that promote interaction between members, including memes, surveys, gift exchanges, meet-ups, official Pokemon tours, livestreaming, etc...
gen5 -For posts about gen5 before we knew the English names. Don't use it anymore!
gen6 - For posts about gen6 in general - ONLY use this tag if we do not know a Pokemon's name.