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Listing Policy

The following policies apply to all listings and are strictly prohibited:

1.1.Misrepresentation of items including:

1.1.1 Creating titles and descriptions that do not accurately describe the item for sale.
1.1.2. Inappropriate use of brand names or other words for the purpose of attracting Buyers.
1.2.  Anything that attempts to circumvent paying gosurplus fees (e.g. selling a list of prices, selling a catalogue, cross sell or up selling). This includes listing items with nominal amounts in order to circumvent paying gosurplus fees, get contact details from the Buyer, and advertise items for free or to increase positive ratings. Nominal amounts include 1c, 10c, R1 or any value that gosurplus deems to be nominal.

1.3. Listing an item that requires an additional purchase, swop or trade in.

1.4. Listing of items where the Seller is not physically in possession of the goods for sale (for example listing an item as a “pre-order” or where the seller’s shipment has not yet arrived). This excludes Sellers operating on a “dropship” or consignment basis where the Seller has a proven track record and an established relationship with a supplier that ships directly to their Buyers. Permission needs to be obtained from gosurplus and approval is entirely at the discretion of gosurplus

1.5. Listing of items soliciting entries for a competition or charitable donations, subject to the approval of gosurplus.

1.6. Listing of items in inappropriate categories.

1.7. Listing of multiple items that are the same or similar items that could be listed as a single listing.

1.8. An offer to give away a product or service for free (including the option to subscribe to a mailing list).

1.9. Unreasonably high shipping costs on item listings (including insurance). gosurplus, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to charge a 10% penalty fee, calculated on the total shipping amount, for excessive shipping charges. gosurplus may also either disable your account or remove your ability to sell products on its website for failure to comply with these terms.

1.10. Use of profanity or offensive language.

1.12. Specifically you may not list items that fit into the following categories:

1.11.1 Stolen goods;
1.11.2 Illegally imported goods;
1.11.3 Banned substances and pharmaceuticals that require a prescription according to South African law;
1.11.4 Pirated or counterfeit goods of any nature, including software, movies, music, clothing, replica watches or any item that would infringe on copyright or trademark laws;
1.11.5 Goods and services that could by nature be deemed to be harmful or dangerous, to persons or property either directly or indirectly;
1.11.6 Goods and services of which the sale or export would be in contravention of any law; and
1.11.7 Goods or services that according to gosurplus’s sole discretion may be deemed to be inappropriate for sale on this site.
1.11.8 The sale of ivory products, raw, antiques, jewellery, carved or uncarved is strictly prohibited.
1.11.9 X-rated DVD’s and products may NOT be sold.

1.12. No shipping or handling fees are to be charged on electronically distributed products.

1.13. Keyword spamming/inappropriate use of keywords in order to manipulate search results.

1.14. gosurplus may at its sole discretion remove any items from the site for any reason whatsoever.

1.15. Listing abuse, manipulation and excessive listing on gosurplus:

In order to create a fair and level playing field, and provide an enjoyable and safe experience for Buyers, Sellers may not manipulate or abuse the listing service to get items featured more regularly, prominently or spam the gosurplus website with multiple product listings. This is entirely at the discretion of gosurplus and will be monitored on a case by case basis.

This also includes but is not limited to: repeated multiple relistings with short durations, keyword spamming, spamming categories with multiple items (with the same or similar items), and listing in the wrong categories. Users found abusing the system will be given a warning first, thereafter, if this activity continues, the Seller will be charged an excess Listing Fee of R5 per listing on their listings over and above their free listing allowance. The free listing allowance will be calculated as the greater of:

1.16. Listing of South African coins and notes that do not comply with the South African Reserve Bank Act 90 of 1989.

In particular, the following items are not allowed in the South African Coins And Notes category and users that list any such items will be guilty of an offence and could face possible imprisonment in terms of the South African Reserve Bank Act 90 of 1989:

      • Any coin or note of the South African Reserve Bank that has been forged, altered or unlawfully issued or any coin or note that purports to be from the South African Reserve Bank.
      • If a user without the authority of the South African Reserve Bank, engraves or makes upon any material whatsoever any words, figures, letters, marks, lines or devices the print whereof resembles in whole or in part any words, figures, letters, marks, lines or devices peculiar to and used in or upon any note of the South African Reserve Bank or any coin which is legal tender and then lists that item on the gosurplus website.
      • Listing images of South African currency that does not have the words “Image – Not legal tender” printed diagonally across the image.

1.17. Sellers may not offer lay-by’s as a payment option to Buyers.

      1. The following policies apply to all listings except those that do not incur Success Fees:
      2.1.  No external links are permitted (i.e. links other than those on the www.gosurplus.co.za domain) except when linking to a manufacture’s web site e.g. linking to Samsung’s web site for more information on a specific model of cell phone for sale.
      2.2.  No contact details of any sort (including telephone numbers and email addresses) are permitted in the description or in responses to questions from the Q & A facility, this includes advertising your business or services even if no contact details are included.

      Violation of this policy may result in a range of actions, including, but not limited to, listing cancellations/deletion, listing restrictions, suspension or restriction of your gosurplus account and forfeiting of gosurplus fees on cancelled/deleted listings. Reactivation of account will be R1000 (penalty fee).

At GoSurplus We help retailers and small manufacturers that have excess stock/merchandise to sell.
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This includes overstocked merchandise, returns, prior-year models, and scratch & dent products, as well as your own office/store/warehouse equipment that you need to sell.
You can register, browse, search, or buy items at any time, and with no charge. However, as a Seller when selling an item, you will be charged a Success Fee on successful sales only and in some cases a Listing Fee (e.g Priority Listing Fee).
NO Monthly Subscription Fees
The Success Fee only applies if you successfully sell an item on GoSurplus. You will be charged a Success Fee based on the sell amount for your item(s). Success fee is 9% of the sell price.
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1. Fees :: Fees Only Apply to Sellers ::


At GoSurplus you can register, browse, search, or buy items at any time, and with no charge. However, as a Seller when selling an item, you will be charged a Success Fee on successful sales only and in some cases a Listing Fee (e.g Priority Listing Fee).
NO Monthly Subscription Fees

1.1. Success Fees


The Success Fee only applies if you successfully sell an item on GoSurplus. You will be charged a Success Fee based on the sell amount for your item(s). Success fee is 9% of the sell price.

2. Invoicing


You will be invoiced after each sale is made, and will be notified via email of any items sold

3. Payments


GoSurplus will deduct the 9% success fee and then transfer the money to your account along with the order details. Shipping is the seller responsibility and should be loaded on the website OR included in the sell price.

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