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Account Issues
How do I create an account in order to place a Classified Ad?
Why doesn't my login work?
How do I change my username?
How do I change my email address in my account?
I can't remember my password, what do I do?
I can't remember my username, what do I do?
How do potential buyers contact me through my Classified Ad?

Placing an Ad
What are the rules for placing an Ad?
How do I place a Classified Ad?
How do I add pictures?
My photos will not post, what do I do?
How do I shrink my photos?
Can I place Ads in the Forums?
I put my Ad in the wrong category, how do I change it?
How many Ads can I place at the same time?
For how long will my Ad run?
I just placed an Ad, why can't I see it?
How do I create a better Classified Ad?

Managing my Ads
Where is the Manage screen?
Can I edit or delete my own Classified Ad?
How do I manage pending sale Ads?
What do I do when my item has sold?
Why was my Trade Ad deleted?
I placed some Classified Ads this morning and now they are gone, what happened?
Why can't I get access to manage my Classified Ad?
I edited my Classified Ad but it did not jump to the top of the listing, why?

Fees
How much do Ads cost?
Do I pay a commission when I sell my car or part?
How do I make a donation to TheSamba.com?

Ad Upgrades
Can I upgrade my free Ad?
What are the benefits of a Featured Ad?
How do I pay for a Featured Ad?
I just paid for a Featured Ad, when will it appear?
Do I need to pay for Extra Photos also when I Feature my Ad?
How does becoming a Premium Member save money in Ad Upgrades?

Search and Category Issues
I am trying to search for: engine parts (as a single phrase). I have tried engine + parts, "engine parts", engine+parts. What am I doing wrong?
What is the difference between clicking the New Ads - 2 days vs. clicking All Ads - 2 days on the main Classifieds page?
What is the eBay category for?

Classified Alerts
What are Alerts?
Why am I receiving email notifications about Ads?
How do I prevent my Alerts from getting sent to my spam/bulk email folder?

Scams
I think I've been ripped off by a seller in the Classifieds, what can I do?
How do I tell if a potential buyer is a scammer?
I may have been contacted by a scam artist, what do I do?
How do I reduce the amount of scam emails I receive?

General Classifieds Section Questions
When are the Classifieds Updated?
What does that star icon next to some usernames mean?
I am new to buying and selling on the internet, do you have any tips?
Can I sell cars/parts under different accounts?
Can I place buyer/seller feedback somewhere?
How can I check the reputation/feedback on a seller/buyer?
What is the Report Abuse link in each Ad?
I found an Ad where the phone number has been disconnected/doesn't work and the person doesn't respond to email, shouldn't it be deleted? Should I report it?

 

Account Issues
How do I create an account in order to place a Classified Ad?
Please read this thread.
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Why doesn't my login work?
Read this thread or this thread, they can help. If you still have trouble, contact Everett.
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How do I change my username?
Contact Everett to make this change to your account.
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How do I change my email address in my account?
Log in to your account and click on Control Panel in the upper left of the site. Enter your new email address in the Control Panel and click submit. You will receive an automated authorization email within a few minutes to the new email address. You must follow the directions in that email it re-activate your account.
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I can't remember my password, what do I do?
Go to the login page and click I've forgotten my password. While your password cannot be retrieved it can be reset. Expect an automated email giving you a new password. After you login, you are free to reset your password in the Control Panel.
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I can't remember my username, what do I do?
Go to the login page and click I've forgotten my username.
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How do potential buyers contact me through my Classified Ad?
The email address in your profile is the only way for buyers to contact you with the "Email this Advertiser" link in your Classified Ad. This also helps prevent scam emails. You can post your email or phone number directly in your Classifed Ad, but we don't recommend it.
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Placing an Ad
What are the rules for placing an Ad?
The Rules are listed in the Classifieds sub-header.
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How do I place a Classified Ad?
To place a free Classified Ad:
  • You must be registered and logged in to the site
  • If you are not a member, click on Register in the upper left of the site and create an account
  • Click on Classifieds in the header
  • Click on Place an Ad under the Classifieds menu
  • Fill out the Place an Ad form

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How do I add pictures?
If you are placing your Ad in the Classifieds section, you can add photos on the Place an Ad screen. If you have already placed an Ad, use the Manage screen to upload more photos. If you would like more than the nine free photos in your Ad, you can either Feature your Ad or pay for Additional Photos in your Manage screen.
Detailed process to add photos to an existing Ad:
  1. Go into the Classifieds section of the site by clicking on Classifieds at the top
  2. Click on Manage
  3. Login
  4. Click edit next to the the Ad to which you want to add photos
  5. Scroll down to the bottom of the edit form. There will be a series of buttons that say Browse... use these buttons to select photo(s) on your computer
  6. Press edit and each photo will be uploaded and added to your Ad
Each photo must be under 3MB in size. If you are using Windows, you can check this by using Window Explorer to look at the files on your computer. If they are larger than 3MB, you will have to use an imaging program to shrink them. If you have a digital camera, an imaging program may have come with your camera. Open a photo in the imaging program and look for a Resize or Resample option. Resize the photos to 1024x768 or a similar size and resave them. They should be small enough now.
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My photos will not post, what do I do?
They may be too big. The size limit is 3MB in the Classifieds. In order to shrink your photos you need a program like Photoshop or a utility that may have come with your computer operating system (for instance, Windows). Your digital camera may have come with a program that will let you shrink them too. If you have a slow connection (56KB or less modem) and large photos, you may have to upload them one at a time.
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How do I shrink my photos?
Check out this thread for more information.
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Can I place Ads in the Forums?
No, we never allow Ads in the Forums, please use the free Classifieds to post either For Sale or Wanted Ads.
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I put my Ad in the wrong category, how do I change it?
Use the Manage screen in the Classifieds section header and then Edit your Ad. When you edit your Ad, you can change the category.
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How many Ads can I place at the same time?
There is currently no limit on the number of simultaneous free Ads.
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For how long will my Ad run?
Ads run until you delete them. We clean up old Ads every 90 days, but if you edit your Ad using the Manage screen, it will be renewed for another 90 days. Ads in the eBay category are removed after 10 days as this is only provided as a service to visitors.
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I just placed an Ad, why can't I see it?
When you successfully place an Ad, you will get a confirmation screen. If this doesn't happen, it is likely that an error occured and you may need to re-submit your Ad.
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How do I create a better Classified Ad?
Use a descriptive title, include large, clear pictures, and include a price. Make sure your contact information is valid.
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Managing my Ads
Where is the Manage screen?
Click on Classifieds in the header, under it you will see Manage.
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Can I edit or delete my own Classified Ad?
When you are logged in, you can use the Manage screen found on the Classifieds navigation bar, to edit, delete, add photos, or upgrade your Ads with bold red text, additional photos, or feature your Ads.
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How do I manage pending sale Ads?
You can deactivate your Ad using the Manage screen. This is useful if you might need to re-activate it later.
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What do I do when my item has sold?
Please delete your Ad using the Manage screen. Do not edit to say "sold" - that just bumps it up to the top of the listing and annoys everyone.
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Why was my Trade Ad deleted?
Most likely, it was judged an invalid trade. If it appears to us that you are:
  • Attempting to sell a non-VW item
  • Not specific as to what VW parts/vehicle you are willing to trade for
  • Taking advantage of the free Ads by placing multiple suspect Trades
  • Attempting to trade your non-VW item for another non-VW item
your Ad will be deleted. Familiarize yourself with the Rules to avoid this.
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I placed some Classified Ads this morning and now they are gone, what happened?
If you placed a non-VW Ad, an invalid trade Ad, or placed the same Ad in every category, your Ads have probably been deleted. Make sure to follow the posting guidelines on the Place an Ad screen. If you still think there is a problem, contact Everett.
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Why can't I get access to manage my Classified Ad?
99% of the time, this means you have forgotten or incorrectly typed your password. If you are not sure of your password use the Forgot My Password link on the Login page.
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I edited my Classified Ad but it did not jump to the top of the listing, why?
The date only updates if it's been 14 days. It will pop up to the top of the listings at that point too. The 14 days includes the time too, down to the hour. So if your Ad was placed at 3 pm, 14 days aren't up until 3 pm.
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Fees
How much do Ads cost?
Currently, all Classified Ads are free. You have the option of upgrading your Ad.
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Do I pay a commission when I sell my car or part?
No, there are no mandatory fees when you sell your item, however, we accept donations.
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How do I make a donation to TheSamba.com?
Please visit the Donate page. Thanks in advance for any donation you make!
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Ad Upgrades
Can I upgrade my free Ad?
Yes, you have the option of upgrading your Ad in any or all of these three ways:
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What are the benefits of a Featured Ad?
Featured Ads allow for up to 18 photos, are randomly displayed on TheSamba.com Home Page, appear on the Main Classifieds page, appear at the top of whatever category the Ad was placed in, and are highlighted with a blue background in the main listings.
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How do I pay for a Featured Ad?
After placing your Classified Ad, you will be asked if you want to Feature it. If so, you are directed to the Paypal.com link to immediately create an upgraded Ad. There is additional payment information if you wish to pay by cash, check, or money order.
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I just paid for a Featured Ad, when will it appear?
If you pay with Paypal.com, your Ad should be featured immediately. Paypal sometimes errors out so if it doesn't appear within 10-15 minutes, feel free to email me.
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Do I need to pay for Extra Photos also when I Feature my Ad?
No, Featured Ads allow up to 18 photos, so paying for the Extra Photos upgrade would be redundant. Also note that Premium Members automatically receive the Extra Photos upgrade on all of their Ads.
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How does becoming a Premium Member save money in Ad Upgrades?
Premium Members get a 10% discount on all Featured Ads and all regular Ads are automatically upgraded to the Extra Photos option. So, if you place a lot of Featured Ads or could use up to 18 photos on all of your regular Ads, Premium Membership would be a smart idea.
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Search and Category Issues
I am trying to search for: engine parts (as a single phrase). I have tried engine + parts, "engine parts", engine+parts. What am I doing wrong?
Enter engine AND parts or enter engine parts and click the "search for all terms" box; this will find everything with engine and parts in it. There is no phrase search at this time.
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What is the difference between clicking the New Ads - 2 days vs. clicking All Ads - 2 days on the main Classifieds page?
New Ads = New Ads that have been placed in the past 2 days. All Ads = New Ads plus all older Ads that have been edited in the past 2 days.
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What is the eBay category for?
The eBay section is only there as a service to the VW community. If you post a free Classified Ad for your current eBay auction, it MUST be placed in the eBay category. If you edit an existing Ad because you listed the item on eBay, you MUST move your Samba Ad to the eBay category. Abuse of this rule may result in all your Ads being deleted.
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Classified Alerts
What are Alerts?
When you sign up for Alerts, you receive Classified Ads directly to your email account, based on keywords you set up. It eliminates the hassle of having to search through pages and pages of classified ads. To receive alerts you must be registered; once you are, click on Access my Alerts here and follow the directions there.
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Why am I receiving email notifications about Ads?
You are signed up for Alerts. To unsubscribe, go to the Alerts page here.
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How do I prevent my Alerts from getting sent to my spam/bulk email folder?
Try adjusting the settings on your spam filter, and/or mark emails from TheSamba.com as "safe".
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Scams
I think I've been ripped off by a seller in the Classifieds, what can I do?
First, take into account shipping times and that not everyone returns e-mails or phone calls immediately, try waiting at least 30 days. Posting a detailed description of what happened in the Classifieds Forum warns others against being ripped off and may pressure the culprit to rectify the situation. Depending on the details of the transaction, eBay, Paypal, the Postal Service, or the local police may be of assistance in helping you.
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How do I tell if a potential buyer is a scammer?
Read this thread. Common scam warning signs:
  • Buyer does not ask any questions about your item
  • Buyer wants to send additional money and have you pay his "shipping agent"
  • Beware of anyone "representing a client"
  • Beware of any deal that requires you to send the Buyer money
  • Beware of emails where it looks like the sender just filled in blanks on a form

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I may have been contacted by a scam artist, what do I do?
If you have been contacted by a scammer like the ones described here notify me immediately so I can ban their Samba account and/or block their email from the site. Although, we have taken steps to prevent scammers from contacting advertisers, if you choose to list your email directly in your Ad (instead of only allowing potential buyers contact you through the "contact this advertiser" link), those measures will not be as effective.
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How do I reduce the amount of scam emails I receive?
Don't list your email or phone number directly in your Ad. Instead, only allow potential buyers to contact you through the "contact this advertiser" link in your Ad. If you choose to post your personal contact information on the internet, there is nothing we can do to limit the scam emails you will receive.
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General Classifieds Section Questions
When are the Classifieds Updated?
They are automatic. As soon as an Ad is placed, it can be seen and searched upon.
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What does that star icon next to some usernames mean?
It indicates that the user is a Premium Member.
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I am new to buying and selling on the internet, do you have any tips?
There is a useful thread on buying and selling here and one on shipping tricks here.
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Can I sell cars/parts under different accounts?
Please create only one account on TheSamba.com. Email us if you need to consolidate accounts, it's very simple.
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Can I place buyer/seller feedback somewhere?
Yes, we have a Buyer and Seller Feedback Forum. Please read the posting guidelines here.
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How can I check the reputation/feedback on a seller/buyer?
Yes, there are several ways, you can:
  • Click the Search for feedback link in any Ad to search for feedback on that seller
  • Search (for an email, seller, or vendor) directly in the Buyer and Seller Feedback Forum
  • Post a note requesting people's experience with a particular seller or vendor (make sure to search before starting a new thread)

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What is the Report Abuse link in each Ad?
Please click on the Report Abuse link if you want a site Administrator to check the Classfied Ad. Ads are commonly reported for being duplicates, incorrectly categorized, containing fraudulent information, or for being reposted in violation of the rules.
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I found an Ad where the phone number has been disconnected/doesn't work and the person doesn't respond to email, shouldn't it be deleted? Should I report it?
You can report the Ad if you want me to check into it but it will probably not end up removed. We don't remove Ads unless the seller requests it, in most cases. Ads automatically roll off the site after 90 days.
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