General Advertising & Listing Rules
Our mission is to make buying and selling of machinery and equipment as easy, stress-free and friendly as possible for everyone.
1. Private advert listings are for companies disposing of used machinery only.
Private adverts are for private used machinery sales only. Private adverts placed by machinery dealers are automatically suspended.
2. Make and model fields must only include Make & Model information.
The make and model fields are purely for the inclusion of machine make and model for accurate classification of your machine. Any other information should be included in the Description field. “Caterpillar” “D6T” tractor for example. The make field should only include “Caterpillar” and the model field should only include “D6T”.
3. Machinery Description must be at least 100 characters long.
Information that you should consider including in the advert are the make, model, condition, working hours, parts or support included and location. Good descriptions result in more genuine and informed sales leads
4. Seller contact details should not be included in the description.
Seller contact details including but not limited to phone, fax, email and web, cannot be included in the description. Doing so opens your personal details up to spammers and does not allow you to track the performance of your advert from your statistics. All your contact details are included automatically on each advert.
5. Keyword spamming is not permitted.
Adverts must not use brand names or other words inappropriately for the purpose of attracting buyers to a listing.
6. Each advert must include at least one photo.
Each advert must include at least one photo. Adverts that include many photos significantly increase the likelihood of enquiries and sales.
7. Photos & Video must be of the actual machinery.
Photos & Video for adverts must be of the actual machine being listed. Unacceptable photos include logos, icons, computer generated images, unrelated or generic images and duplicated photos.
8. Adverts must not misrepresent items.
The item must be described accurately and honestly in your advert.
Misrepresentation can include, but are not limited to:
- Listing ads in inappropriate categories
- Entering keywords in the title or description that do not appropriately describe the item
identifying an inaccurate location of the item
9. Use of offensive language or profanities in listings is not permitted.
You must not use offensive language or profanities as your listing may come across as being unprofessional and may discourage potential buyers.
10. Adverts cannot infringe third party intellectual property rights.
Infringements include, but are not limited to the following:
- Copying and displaying a third party’s logo, item description, photo either from another seller’s advert or from any other source.
- Listing or selling an imitation or copy of a brand name’s product.
11. Machinery listed must be available for sale.
Any machinery listed on the site must be available for purchase. If the item is not in stock the lead time must be clearly stipulated in the description.
12. Only one machine may be listed per advert.
Adverts must not feature multiple machines unless the models are identical. Each machine should be listed in a separate advert.
13. Adverts must be machinery or equipment related
Machines4u.com.au specialises in business to business and business to customer machinery sales and does not accept general sales advertising non-machinery related items.
14. Buyer enquiries must be answered within 48 hours.
Studies show that a sure fire way to increase the likelihood of a sale is to respond quickly to enquiries. Failure to respond to enquiries may result in your adverts being removed, as they will be deemed “not available for sale”.
15. Sold machinery must be removed within 48 hours.
To ensure the marketplace is current, machines that are sold should be removed from Machines4u within 48 hours.
16. Adverts must comply with Australian Fair Trading Laws.
All listing and advertising must comply with the Australian Fair Trading Act. For Fair Trading Act details, contact Consumer Affairs in your state or territory.
17. Duplicating an advert or listing the same machine more than once is not permitted.
Listing the same machine more than once will result in Machines4u suspending the offending adverts until they have been revised or removed permanently by the dealer.
For ‘new’ equipment where multiple items are in stock, we recommend that you utilise our ‘Number in Stock’ feature. Duplicating content is penalised by search engines and results in an inevitable drop in sales leads.
Posting duplicate listings:
Duplicate listings produce a negative impact on both the site and user experience and as a result, we may ask the advertiser to change or remove their ads.
As a general guideline, we ask advertisers that:
All Listings must be substantially different from each other. Please do not post the same Ad repeatedly across categories or locations, they will be removed.
-If you have multiple of the same item in stock use the “No. in Stock” option when posting an ad to display how many you have, within a single advert.
-If you have a range of equipment with only a few minor variances, place a single advert featuring the range and minor differences in the description.
-Placing these adverts individually will cause them to be ignored by search engines as duplicate content as they’re not “Substantially different” and will result in you getting fewer sales leads.
Only post the listings where you are physically located.
-If you post in locations where the equipment is not located your listings may be removed.
These restrictions have been put in place to stop individuals from “spamming” the site with duplicate content and overall, provide a better experience for all businesses and individuals on Machines4u Marketplace.
Users deemed to be “spamming” by Machines4u may have a limit enforced on their number of listings or be removed from the site entirely. Individuals that creature multiple users to duplicate content will also have enforced limits added or duplicate memberships deleted.
An amazing number of different products and services are offered for sale on Machines4u. Copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property rights owners can request the removal of any listing or content which may infringe on their IP rights. If a legal representative of a rights owner reports an infringement of their rights to Machines4u in the correct manner, listings infringing intellectual property rights will be removed in a timely manner.
To report an infringement please follow the steps below:
Step 1) Download & Complete the Notice of IP infringement form, complete it and fax it to Machines4u. Complete this form with an authorised signatory to report advertisements which may infringe on your property rights. The information requested in this Form ensures that the person reporting the listing or item is either the rights owner or their officially authorised representative. The information provided also enables Machines4u to correctly identify the listings or content to be removed.
Step 2) Once we have received your correctly completed Notice of IP infringement form, you can simply send any later reports to Machines4u via the e-mail address provided.
This form can only be used by the lawful owners of the intellectual property rights or their legal representatives. ‘Notice of IP infringement’ is intended to ensure that listings and content posted on Machines4u do not infringe the copyright, trademark right or other intellectual property rights of third parties.
Preferred: Multiple detailed photos of the actual item in the listing showing the major features of the item for buyers.
.jpg & .png format, under 4mb per image.
Acceptable: Stock images of an identical item that you have the rights to distribute
Duplicated Images from other listings
Images that you do not hold the rights to use or distribute
Images not of the listed item.
Images featuring pricing excessive text
Company Logos or premises photos.
Images not directly relevant to the listed item.
Contact details in images
Animated .gif files
Image resolutions smaller than 640×480 pixels.
Company Directory Images:
Must be .jpg or .png logo images with a preferred resolution 640×480 or greater and feature the company logo or name only. No contact details or web addresses can be accepted.
Profile images are optimised to appear as a portrait headshot. Uploading logos or other images will appear warped & cropped. Profile images must be of the user in the profile.
Uploading of any offensive images or repeatedly uploading images that are not accepted may result in an account being removed or listings suspended to protect the buyers and sellers on Machines4u and maintain the quality of the marketplace.
As a condition of use of Machines4u you agree that you are at least 18 years old.
Machines4u maintains its advertising rules to provide the best possible sales results for all users. Breaching advertising rules will result in adverts being suspended until the breach is rectified by the advertiser. Continued breaches may result in suspension of a sellers profile.