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Classifieds and CoOps

How do the classifieds on ECF work?

The ECF classifieds are a free service provided to all Verified members of ECF.

Verification provides some level of confidence to sellers and buyers, but it is not a failsafe and anyone using the classifieds or co-ops must take full responsibility for the purchase or sale they make. ECF cannot be held responsible in disputes between buyers and sellers - we provide this service "as is", and all due diligence must be taken by the parties involved in the transaction. Buyer Beware!

We instituted a "verified membership" system to add an extra layer of security. This system is not designed to be a failsafe, but it has reduced the level of fraudulent transactions significantly. To take part in the classifieds, you must become ID verified.

How do I become an ID verified member?

The verifications system is run by our moderator J0ker. He has provided this service, for free, to ECF members for a number of years, and manually processes each verification.

There are currently 4 different ways to become verified:

  1. Paypal - via your verified paypal email address
  2. Vouching ECF Member
  3. eBay
  4. Notarization
Please see the relevant FAQ below to get verified. If you have any ideas on other ways we could do the verifications, please let @j0ker know

Paypal verification

The vast majority of Verified members are verified through their Paypal account. You must have a verified Paypal account to use this method.

If you need to become Paypal Verified first, click here for instructions (via Google).
If you're not sure whether your email address is already Paypal Verified, please copy this URL and add your email address at the end of it: Error - Login United States - PayPal <-----type your email address after the equal sign

Please note, that your Paypal verified email addresses must be the email address you used to register on ECF. If it's not the same as the one you usually use for Paypal, don't worry, you can add more than one email address in your Paypal account: Just add the one you used for ECF.

Do note that once confirmed, our moderator J0ker has to manually confirm this. Usually this takes no longer than a few days.

Verifying through Notarization

This method was introduced for those members who cannot or do not want to use the online methods in place. If you wish to use this system, you must:
  • Have been an ECF member for more than 30 days.
  • Have made at least 20 posts.
The process is pretty simple, if labor intensive, and has been tested. It does require original notorized documents (not scans or photographs) - You will need to
  1. Submit the form linked below.
  2. Then, print this form out and fill it in -
  3. Take the completed form to a notary, along with 2 forms of proof of residency (see below), and have the form notarized.
    **Acceptable proofs: bills to your current address (electric, water, gas, phone, cable), driver’s license, bank statement, and /or official tax documents.**
  4. PM J0ker for his mailing address and mail the notarized form to him. (Do not mail the proofs of residency nor page 1 of the form you printed)
This method of verification, like all others available, is in no way an attempt to accept responsibilities for any loss due to unfavorable buys or sells. The purpose of this verification is to only provide ECF the information needed to make attempts to help members recover from a loss. By submitting this form you not only are confirming your identity and current residence but also accept the ECF Classifieds and CO-OP section as a “buyer beware” and understand the risks this implies.