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Member Requirements (Updated: 07 Apr 2019 at 08:42 UTC)

Basic Requirements

New Bookzangle Members must be booksellers of some reasonable experience in the book industry, and their listings or proposed listings should demonstrate an understanding of common bookseller terminology and practice.

A Bookzangle Member must display at our site basic contact details BEYOND a mere email contact address, although having a physical or "open store" address is not required. A valid postal address is required (this can be a PO Box address), as is an email contact and (normally) a phone contact number for the member;

Since Bookzangle does not accept credit card funds or other monies from customers on behalf of its members, a Bookzangle Member must have a credible set of payment direct options so that any orders received can be processed with ease by the selling Member;

A Bookzangle Member needs to "fit in" with our group at a solid professional level, and a joining member agrees that he or she will do nothing to harm the good name and standing of Bookzangle and his or her fellow-sellers listing there, or bring it or them in any way into disrepute;

A Bookzangle Member must state a Terms of Trade and Returns Policy when listing at our site, and this must be compliant with the law in his or her local jurisdiction, as well as being consistent with any global Terms and Conditions agreed by the members and posted to our site;

A member may set his or her shipping matrix at our site at his or her sole discretion EXCEPT THAT a member shall not set shipping prices which demonstrably contain a form of significant "hidden profit" over and above actual costs of shipping, packaging and reasonable handling charges by the shipper;

A Bookzangle Member using the linked Bookzangle Bookseller Trade Support Forum must abide by the Code of Conduct of that place as published at that place, and when posting there must treat all other Bookzangle Members with courtesy and respect at all times.

Acceptable and unacceptable listings at Bookzangle

All Bookzangle listings must have an author, a price, a binding and a title field populated;

Only books, booklets, printed ephemera and book-related miscellanea are permitted;

Bookzangle listings must contain basic bibliographical data, ideally all or most of Binding (mandatory); Publisher; (if stated/known); Edition (if stated/known); Year of Publication; Size; Illustrator (if any); and Condition Reports on both book and dust jacket (if any), either in the VG/VG type format or in a more extended description;

Bookzangle listings must NOT contain conditional or problematic descriptors such as "Binding Unknown"; "May have remainder marks"; "May contain previous owner markings" and the like;

Bookzangle listings must not contain long strings of CAPITAL LETTERS aimed at highlighting a listing or a bookseller's services, other than standard bibliographic capitalisation normal with things like Roman Numerals "XXVII" and the like;

Bookzangle listings should concentrate on the book being offered, and not contain add-on statements and attached descriptors relating to a Member's general or overall postage rates, speed of service or other bookseller-promotional points, except for brief recital of any special conditions regarding a particular book or books;

Bookzangle does not accept listings which are "Print on Demand" listings i.e. material which does not exist at the time of order;

A Bookzangle member may not list large numbers of multiple and identical (or nearly identical) books for sale on our site in the practice known popularly as "page-hogging";

A Bookzangle member must either have a listed book in his or her physical possession, or have clear rights and ability to order in titles as sold (e.g. from a publisher, in the case of new books). A Bookzangle member shall not make multiple listings from other bookseller listings at the Bookzangle site or elsewhere on the basis of supplying by way of "drop-ship" should orders eventuate;

A Bookzangle member shall not insert into any listing any phrase or comment which carries the implication that he or she is a better, faster or more proficient bookseller/supplier than other Bookzangle Members listing at the site.