Single post in Updated Trade rules
The rules contained in this thread cover trading between players. The rules listed in this first post cover ALL trades. See: Trade Forum Rules. See: Trade Shop Rules. See: Auction Rules.
1. Trade agreements are BINDING.
Once two players agree to a trade, the agreement is ironclad and the trade must take place as agreed upon, unless both players agree to modify or cancel the trade. Failure to complete a trade agreement is a reportable offence. Note: Many trade failures are the result of poor or no communication. Please attempt to (politely) reach out to your trading partner before reporting the trade failure.
2. Do not offer goods you do not have.
Never offer the same item, Pokémon, or currency in more than one place, or to more than one player. Never offer something you do not currently have, including unhatched Pokémon and unpurchased ZC. This also means that you may not use third parties to sell goods that are in your Fields or Inventory, as the third party would be offering something they don't have. If you have made an offer to another player, it is your responsibility to keep the payment for that offer safe until the trade has been completed and to not spend it elsewhere. Players who find this difficult may benefit from purchasing a Money Safe. The selling of "grab bags" is not permitted, both as a form of gambling, and because this would result in players paying for unknown and unguaranteed goods.
3. Prepaying is NOT allowed.
Prepaying is the act of paying for something that does not yet exist, or does not have a guarantee of existing. For example, a player may offer slots on their Shiny hunt, but may not accept payment for those slots; payment may only change hands when the Shiny Pokémon itself is traded. Note: The only exception to this rule is regarding purchasing art from another player. When purchasing art, the artist may request half of the payment up front, and the other half on delivery of the art.
4. Lend/Borrow at your own risk.
The lending/borrowing of Pokémon or items (as part of a trade) is not supported by the Moderator Team. You may do so, but we cannot guarantee that Pokémon or items will be returned to you in their original condition. We do recommend that all players use common sense in such things as obtaining collateral for anything lent to another player. Note: This does not extend to clear Pokémon Dex trade agreements. Moderators can and will intervene in the event theft occurs during a Dex trade.
5. Breeding/Mass-Clicking/Leveling for payment is NOT allowed.
You may not breed for other players, click other players, or level Pokémon belonging to other players for any form of payment. This includes breeding for another player in exchange for a breeding pair of Pokémon. Paid services of these types have a history of generating scams/trade failures. Note: You may perform any of the above services for free. It's payment that causes issues.
6. Off-Site Trading is allowed (under certain conditions).
You may exchange Pokémon and other PokéFarm items and currency for off-site services, however the trade must comply with the Terms of Service of the other site. You also perform such trades at your own risk. The ability of the Moderator Team to resolve issues with such trades is extremely limited. Trading PokéFarm items, currency, and Pokémon for legal tender is not recommended. This means trading for PokéFarm things using real-life currency, including PayPal and other online currency transfer systems. There is very little we can do in the event of issues except lock rule-breakers. We will not be able to recover your money for you. Purchasing ZC from the site and using the ZC to trade is unaffected. Notable Examples:
- PayPal: Per Paypal's Terms of Service, you are not allowed to ask your customers to pay the fees of a transaction, nor are you allowed to ask them to "send money to a friend" in exchange for a service or purchase.
- DeviantArt: "deviantPOINTS cannot be used, Transferred, sold or otherwise traded outside of the Site [DeviantArt] and any such activity is strictly prohibited."
- Flight Rising: Flight Rising does not allow cross-site trading with Pokémon fansites, as shown here. This includes PokéFarm.
7. Official Game Trading for PokéFarm Stuff is NOT ALLOWED.
We do not allow trading to or from the official Pokémon games for PokéFarm currency, items, or Pokémon. You may use the appropriate PokéFarm forum or chat to arrange trades between Pokémon games, but we do not condone the trading of hacked Pokémon. If you are found to be using PokéFarm to trade hacked Pokémon, you will be required to cease and desist, and may be penalised.