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    Default How to register as a Supplier

    You might ask: why all the rules?

    The answer is simple: this website is large and complex, with high traffic and several diverse usergroups. In particular, we have to balance the requirements of members and suppliers. If free-for-all adverts were allowed, the site would rapidly become a toilet - of no use to visitors, avoided by members, of no interest to genuine suppliers and advertisers, and banned by search engines.

    Therefore we have an absolutely rigid rule, which is very, very simple; no adverts / promotion anywhere on the site except where permitted, by those who are permitted to do so. Any contravention of this rule and you will be banned.

    Registered Suppliers
    Of course, we work together with registered suppliers and advertisers. Once registered, you will be afforded the facilities you need, though you must respect our rules. We will assist in any way we can, to help you provide a service and trade successfully - but please remember the facilities we provide to you are a privilege, and if you contravene our rules, will be withdrawn.

    There is an associated matter: the increasing pressure on this site. It is one of the oldest, largest, and above all most-respected ecigarette websites. As such it is a central point of reference for many in the industry. That makes it attractive for both genuine advertisers and spammers alike. We have several hundred Registered Suppliers and eighty Forum Suppliers (this number is capped and there is a waiting list). The volume of applicants to become registered suppliers is increasing, along with the spam.

    Please remember that we are under pressure and anything that looks like a spam attempt will be deleted, and you will be instantly banned - this applies to all, including suppliers.

    Registration as a supplier here is a privilege that we can and will withdraw without the slightest hesitation -READ THE RULES.

    Legal situation
    Please also note that the regulatory situation is 'interesting'. It differs from country to country and we may have to take account of that. We also need to consider the legal issues and the effect of site content or links to partner sites, on our community and registered suppliers. For these reasons things are not necessarily as simple as you may think.

    Questions
    For questions surrounding these issues, please contact:

    Misty (ECF Suppliers Manager)
    directly at:
    supplier[AT]e-cigarette-forum[DOT]com
    [please rebuild the email address into the normal format with @ and .com]

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    Last edited by Misty; 04-11-2010 at 03:51 AM.
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    Updated Information as of 2012-08-26

    ALL sellers of ecigarettes, eliquids or ecigarette-related items MUST be registered as a supplier at ECF before they can promote/advertise their business or site on ECF. Any business related posts will be deleted and infraction bans issued.



    ALL APPLICATION REQUESTS are to be sent via :
    supplier[AT]e-cigarette-forum[DOT]com
    [please rebuild the email address into the normal format with @ and .com]


    We have several supplier usergroups available for application: -

    Our main group:
    Registered Supplier
    - Defined as Standard online suppliers of ecigarettes hardware and/or eliquid. Site must be own domain, 100% ecigarette related, with active secure, encrypted shopping carts.

    Minor Supplier Usergroups :

    - known as "restricted suppliers" - no access to private Suppliers Forum

    Supplier Offline
    - defined as any commercial affiliation with an ecigarette business selling hardware and/or eliquid but with no website, web promotion, or online presence of any kind.

    Accessories Supplier
    - Defined as selling any ecigarette related items but do not sell the 2 main components of ecigs : hardware or eliquid. They can be either registered with website OR offline with no website, web promotion, or online presence of any kind

    Supplier Services Provider
    - Defined as selling or offering a service for suppliers ie. merchant accounts

    Wholesaler/Manufacturer
    -defined as wholesalers (primarily selling to retailers)
    restricted to Supplier private forum

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    Upon request for application, you may be temporarily changed to Unregistered Supplier . You will be able to still view the non-private forums, but will be limited to posting ONLY in the new Unregistered Suppliers forum.

    You will receive by email a complete information package dependent on the usergroup you request, including a mandatory Suppliers Details Form to be completed. Pls note the information on the Supplier Form will remain confidential, for internal records only and will not be listed on the Forum. We do not carry lists of suppliers on ECF on the open forum.

    As soon as you return this form, you will be placed on the waiting list for the Review Committee to go over your site (if applicable) .

    Your usergroup will be changed to Supplier-Pending -Registration also titled Unregistered Supplier with fewer restrictions than the former Unregistered Supplier group until the registration procedure is completed.

    Please note you will not have permission to access any Private Supplier Forum, Reviews forums, New Members Forum or the Classifieds during this process nor be able to send PMs or to post visitor messages on member profiles.

    Along with access to the rest of the forum, you will have access as the applicant to the new Unregistered Supplier Forum to review further information including ECF Compliance Site criteria,so that your website is in line with our directive to ensure no health, safe, smoke anywhere and other non-permissible claims are made.

    Applicant Rules :

    • You are cordially asked not to post ANY reference to your products or services UNTIL YOUR REGISTRATION IS ACCEPTED. This includes preference polls or ideas of products such as proposed concepts. Do not post in another supplier's thread or forum without the express permission of the thread/forum owner.

    • No signature text or links are allowed nor avatars that are business-related until approval process is completed.


    • Only ONE identity is permissible as the Registered Supplier. DO NOT create multiple user IDs - Any multiple identities representing your business will be perma-banned.


    Misty
    Last edited by Misty; 08-26-2012 at 10:17 PM. Reason: updating

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    thanks for these great rules guys!

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