Message board

The message board is provided for the enjoyment of the entire Trade Me community and is moderated by members and, at times, by Trade Me staff. The message board provides a place for members to discuss Trade Me related topics. The person who posts a message is responsible for its content, not Trade Me.

Members who breach this policy, or post messages that attract ongoing complaints from the community, may have their message board privileges or Trade Me membership removed. In essence, don’t be a dick.

Dos and don'ts


  • Express views on Trade Me related issues 
  • Keep your posts clean
  • Respect others and their privacy
  • Keep it legal


  • Swear
  • Post or link to offensive or adult content
  • Abuse or harass people
  • Make defamatory statements
  • Post personal contact details
  • Raise concerns about other traders
  • Be a troll

The rules

Appropriate use

The message boards are a place for general trading advice, technical help with the site from your peers, category suggestions, or anything that helps inform others about something they might want to buy, sell or service they might use on or off Trade Me (while keeping in line with our no self promotion rule). Chatter outside of this will be removed.

Respect others

Don't abuse or harass people on the message board. Personal attacks are not acceptable. You may express a view on an issue or criticise a particular approach, but the message board is not a place to frame others in a negative light, or attack a person or their character. When discussing a topic, remember to focus on the issue and not the person. 

People have a right to their privacy

Don't post any contact details on the message board, including your own, or reveal personal information about others or their actual names. It is OK to link to the published contact details for an established and reputable organisation (e.g. Quitline, Westpac). 

Hold fire on trader concerns

The message board is not an appropriate place to raise concerns about other traders or their listings. If you have concerns about a listing, please use the Community Watch feature (at the bottom of every listing) to alert our Site Security team. If you're concerned about a trader, please contact us directly.  If you wish to use the message board to discuss a crappy experience, please ensure the individuals involved are not identified.

No trolling

Posting on the message board to cause trouble, start a contentious topic, derail a discussion or incite an emotional response from others is not OK. Excessive over-posting or spamming is also unacceptable.

No self-promoting

The message board is for open discussion only, so please don't use it to promote a listing, product or service or to denigrate a competitor. This includes trying to facilitate a trade through the message board or encouraging the exchange of contact details. Note that posting a wanted ad is not acceptable, but seeking suggestions or advice is fine. 

Keep it legal

In particular, do not name, drop hints, or post any other information which identifies members of the public who have name suppression.

You also need to be careful you don't post defamatory statements about anyone. A widely used definition is:

A defamatory statement is one that tends to lower the person in the estimation of right-thinking members of society, or which tends to cause him or her to be shunned or avoided, or which tends to cause a person to be exposed to hatred, contempt or ridicule, or which is a false statement about a person to his or her discredit. The statement may be in the form of words or pictures, visual images, gestures, and other means of signifying meaning.


Check out the dos and don'ts of the message boards.

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