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Use of Section | Use of Items | E-Mail | Appearance of Posts | Offers | Recipients | Changes to Offers | Condition of Items | Preferred / Required Recipients | Final Date (End/Needed By) | Shipping Reimbursement / Prepayment | Problems | Misc.

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Use of Section

Q. Must I have a financial need to request/accept items here?

Q. Who may offer/provide/request/receive items?

Q. Is it okay to submit an item offer (or otherwise offer an item) for another party?

Q. Is it okay to request items for others?

Q. Are non-Catholics allowed to post here? Are there any restrictions on non-Catholics?

Q. May I sell or buy items here?

Q. Is it okay to exchange items here?

Q. I am willing to pay for an item. May I request it here?

Q. How often may I request the same item?

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Use of Items

Q. Is it okay to resell items received?

Q. Is it okay to transfer items received to another party?

Q. Is it acceptable to request / obtain items and then donate them to charity?

Q. I received an item, but I don't like it - may I put it back on the site to offer to others?

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E-Mail

Q. Can I participate in this section without including my e-mail address?

Q. I know that providing my e-mail address involves risk. What do you suggest to minimize these risks?

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Appearance of Posts

Q. My item offer or item request did not appear on the site. Why not?

Q. My post disappeared from the site even though I still have the item to give away (or I still need the item). What should I do?

Q. I have shipped / cancelled / revoked my offer or request (or it has expired), but it still appears on the site. What should I do?

Q. I want something that appears on the site, but the submitter tells me that the offer has been revoked or the item has already been given away. Why does the offer still appear?

Q. I want to provide a requested item, but the requestor tells me that he/she has revoked the request or has already received the item. Why does the request still appear?

Note: Categories are subjective and may overlap. 

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Offers

Q. May I offer or request a large value item here?

Q. May I request or offer cash here?

Q. May I request or offer food here?

Q. May I request or offer medical supplies here?

Q. May I offer or request chemicals here?

Q. I have a book to give away - may I offer it here?

Q. I have a book on tape to give away - may I offer it here?

Q. I am looking for a certain book - may I request it here?

Q. My business has extra t-shirts, hats, etc. that we don't need - may I offer them here?

Q. I am an individual with extra t-shirts, hats, etc. that I don't need - may I offer them here?

Q. I have many items to share. How many may I offer here?

Q. May I offer a large number of items in one post?

Q. Are there any types of items I shouldn't offer or request here?

Q. I have (or want) a rare, one-of-a-kind, antique, etc. item. Should I offer (or request) it here?

Q. What does it mean that Catholic or traditional items may receive preference?

Q. May I place restrictions on the use of items I give?

Q. Why is original pricing information prohibited?

Q. What is "marketing talk" and why is it prohibited?

Q. Why are brand names prohibited? What if the brand name is important?

Q. Where can I find more guidelines concerning submissions?

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Recipients

Q. May I restrict who I give my item to?

Q. Must I give my item to the first person who requests it?

Q. Someone requested my item, but indicated that they have no financial need - do I have to give it to them?

Note: Categories are subjective and may overlap. 

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Changes to Offers

Q. How can I make a change to my offer/request?

Q. I changed my mind and no longer wish to offer my item. What should I do?

Q. I changed my mind and no longer want to request an item. What should I do?

Q. I originally said that I would not require shipping reimbursement, but then I found out it would cost a lot to mail the item. Can I now request shipping reimbursement?

Q. I originally said that I wanted my item to go to an elderly person, but I was contacted by a young person who needs the item. Must I give the item to an elderly person?

Note: Categories are subjective and may overlap. 

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Condition of Items

Q. What does the condition "unsure" mean?

Q. What does "(Various)" mean? (in the Condition field)

Q. An item's condition is described as "adequate". Does that mean it works well?

Q. Do you allow items to be listed which are in "poor" condition?

Note: Categories are subjective and may overlap. 

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Preferred / Required Recipients

Q. What does 'First Requestor' mean?

Q. What does "(Various)" mean? (in the "Required/Preferred Recipient" field)

Q. If I am handicapped (or ill or elderly, etc.) and I respond to an offer which lists "disabled" (or infirm or elderly, etc.) as the preferred / required recipient type, am I not automatically providing the other party with personal information about myself? Should I respond to such offers?

Note: Categories are subjective and may overlap. 

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Final Date ("End Date", "Needed By" Date)

Q. How can I determine what date to put in the "final date" field if I am uncertain about how long it might take to give an item away (or receive it)?

Q. What does the date "00/00/00" mean?

Q. I am still contacted about my offer or request even though the "final date" has passed. What should I do?

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Shipping Reimburse-

ment / Prepayment

Q. I am uncomfortable about paying upfront for shipping. What if I never receive the item?

Q. Should I require an advance shipping prepayment or a shipping reimbursement?

Q. What payment methods are acceptable for expense reimbursements?

Q. What types of expense reimbursements are there?

Q. If I use my own money for expenses, how can I be sure I will get reimbursed?

Q. If I provide expense reimbursement, how can I protect my personal information (e.g. bank account number, address, etc.)?

Q. How can I tell the other party the amount of required shipping reimbursement if I don't know how much it will cost to ship the item?

Q. It says that the "amount charged should not greatly exceed your cost to ship". What does this mean?

Q. Why might someone choose "maybe" regarding shipping reimbursement?

Q. When I offer an item, am I required to ship it by the least expensive (or any particular) carrier or by any particular method (i.e. first class mail)?

Q. When I agreed to pay for shipping, I was asked for credit card information. What should I do?

Q. May I request an advance shipping prepayment or a shipping reimbursement in cash?

Q. The sender requires an advance shipping prepayment or a shipping reimbursement in cash. What should I do?

Q. What should I do if the other party requests a large (or excessive) shipping reimbursement / prepayment?

Q. I received the other party's advance shipping reimbursement. Should I send the item out immediately?

Q. I was charged more for shipping than what the sender spent to ship the item. Is this acceptable?

Q. The amount I paid for shipping reimbursement is more than the item is worth. What should I do?

Q. My expense reimbursement was lost/stolen/etc. What should I do?

Q. What if I provide the other party with an advance expense reimbursement and they refuse to send the item or return the funds?

Q. What if it takes a long time for me to receive reimbursement for expenses related to a transfer?

Q. What if I am promised reimbursement for my expenses but never receive it (or if I receive only partial reimbursement)?

Q. Must I provide a receipt when I require reimbursement of shipping costs?

Note: Categories are subjective and may overlap. 

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Problems

Q. What happens if someone is caught abusing this section in any way?

Q. Who is responsible if problems occur as a result of my use of this site?

Q. I once requested an article of clothing and now I receive ads for clothing sales. What can I do?

Q. I mentioned that I was having financial difficulties and now I get all sorts of e-mail offering credit. What should I do?

Q. I once offered or requested an item, and now I receive a lot of anti-Catholic e-mail. What should I do?

Q. I am concerned that an individual offering or requesting an item (or providing a requested item or requesting an offered item) may just be attempting to gather information about me or my family. Is this possible?

Q. The person who is sending/requesting an item wants all sorts of personal information. What should I do?

Q. I once gave something away and now the person I gave it to keeps asking me for other items. What should I do?

Q. I gave an item away, but I feel the person I gave it to is extremely inconsiderate or ungrateful. What do you recommend?

Q. I have responded to an offer or request in this section, but the other party is not responsive to my e-mail. What should I do?

Q. I gave something away to someone who claimed to be disabled and later found out that the individual was perfectly healthy - what should I do?

Q. I gave something away and later found out that the individual I gave it to resold it or donated it for a tax deduction - what should I do?

Q. I am requesting or offering an item and the other party is being unreasonable. Can you help?

Q. I am requesting or offering an item and the other party didn't do what they promised. Can you help?

Q. I am requesting or offering an item and the other party is not responding to my e-mail. Can you help?

Q. I received too many responses regarding my offer or request, what should I do?

Q. I wanted a particular item and have since received it, but I keep receiving offers for it. What should I do?

Q. I never received the item, even though I sent an advance shipping prepayment - what should I do?

Q. I received the item, but it was not as expected - what should I do?

Q. I received an item that caused an injury. Who is responsible?

Q. I required shipping reimbursement and the other party's check bounced. Now I am out both the shipping cost and the bank fees. What should I do?

Q. I required advance shipping prepayment and the other party's check bounced which cost me bank fees. What should I do?

Q. I received an item that wasn't packaged well and seems to have broken in transit. I paid a good amount for shipping and packaging. What should I do?

Q. I provided advance reimbursement for first class mail, but the item was sent via third class mail. What should I do?

Q. The other party sent the wrong item (or nothing at all). What should I do?

Q. After I requested/sent an item, I received anti-Catholic materials from the other party. What should I do?

Note: Categories are subjective and may overlap. 

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Misc.

Q. Participating in this section involves risk. What tips do you offer to help minimize these risks?

Q. How can I request/offer items here?

Q. Can you tell me more about an item, offer, or request that appears here?

Q. I see an item I am interested in. How do I request it?

Q. I want to provide a requested item. How do I offer it?

Q. Since the item offers and item requests are listed here, are you considered a party to the transaction? What services or guarantees do you offer?

Q. Do you verify offers of or requests for items?

Q. Do you monitor the items/offers/requests, etc. listed on this site?

Q. Have you screened / evaluated the items / item requests / item offers listed here (or those who list them) and do you endorse them?

Q. Do you endorse/recommend any of the items/offers, item requests, submitters, offerers, or requestors listed here?

Q. Since an item or a request is listed here, can I be sure that it is not contrary to the perennial Magisterium?

Q. How can I be sure that what is stated about an item / offer / request, etc. is accurate & truthful?

Q. Do you guarantee that the item description, condition, details, or any other information provided regarding any item, offer, or request is accurate?

Q. Do you guarantee that any item works or functions properly?

Q. Are item requests or item offers appearing on the site comprehensive?

Q. Can you guarantee that the item I received is "safe"?

Q. Who is the "Submitter"? Who are "users"? Who is the offerer / sender / transferor / giver / provider, etc.? Who is the requestor / receiver / transferee / recipient, etc.? Who is the "other party"?, Etc. Which is the responsible party?

Q. What is the difference between the "Requestor" and the "Submitter"?

Q. I found out that the person I gave an item to requested it for someone else. Is that okay?

Q. Can you guarantee that the person I give an item to (or receive an item from) is who they say they are?

Q. How can I be sure that the other person really needs what they are requesting?

Q. You suggest that we independently research items, offers, requests, submitters, requestors, offerers, etc. Can you help me do so?

Q. Are you required to notify us if you suspect (or know of) a problem or risk regarding a particular item, offer, request, submitter, requestor, offerer, etc.?

Q. I am unclear about your terms regarding transfers, transactions, offers, requests, activities, sharing, etc. What do they include?

Q. Is there any guarantee that I will receive an item that I request?

Q. How can I be sure that the other party will send the item they are offering?

Q. If I am requesting (or offering) an item, should I provide my home or work address?

Q. If I conduct advance research, use a P.O. Box and a special e-mail account, and I don't give away any personal information, am I fully protected from the dangers which may occur with regard to transactions (including transfers, correspondence / contacts, etc.)?

Q. Do you notify us of any legal requirements relating to transactions (including offers, requests, transfers, giving / sending / receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc.)?

Q. How much can I deduct on my taxes for items I send?

Q. Are items I receive taxable?

Q. Are items given as gifts considered "gifts" for tax purposes?

Q. Is there any reason it would be preferable to share items here rather than to donate them to a local or national charity?

Q. When I send someone an item, may I include additional literature or other materials?

Q. I have been contacted about my offer or request, how should I respond?

Q. May I send items to you to distribute?

Note: Categories are subjective and may overlap. 

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