From this point on, we're going to hand the microphone back over to the lawyers. But, here's the deal, if you have any questions or concerns about any of this, just reach out to us. Trust us, we're not lawyers, we're just folks who are buying and selling with other nice folks just like you. Email us any time at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to chat about this stuff (or perhaps slightly more interesting topics, your call). These terms were inspired by Etsy, the awesome marketplace for handmade goods. They inspire us in many more ways than their legalese, but we wanted to be sure we offered credit where it was due. Hat tip.
Okay, it's the lawyers' turn. Good luck!
This policy explains our privacy practices for getyardsale.com and services provided by Yardsale Inc. (“Yardsale”).
Current version published: June 7, 2012
Information Collected or Received
Yardsale will not sell or disclose your name, email address or other personal information to third parties without your explicit consent, except as specified in this policy.
As an Yardsale member you are required to provide a valid email address at registration and optionally choose a username or alias that may represent your identity on Yardsale.
Depending on which services you choose to use, Yardsale may require additional information, such as billing information (including billing address, phone number, credit card information), a mobile telephone number, a physical mailing address, and/or payment information. As a seller, Yardsale may require information such as your social security number or tax ID, date of birth, bank account information and/or credit card information in order to verify your identity and provide this service to you.
You may optionally choose to provide your full name and other personal information (such as birthday, gender, location) to be publicly displayed in connection to your account and activity.
Your username, Yardsale ID, alias, or first name and the initial of your last name is publicly displayed and connected to your Yardsale activity. Other people may see your date joined, feedback, ratings, profile information, location, items listed for sale, sold item listings, and comments in community spaces.
Yardsale automatically receives and records some information from your browser when you visit the site, such as your IP address, cookies and data about which pages you visit on the site through the use of log files provided by our third-party tracking-utility partners. This information helps us analyze and understand how the site works for members and visitors.
Some members or visitors may connect to or register an Yardsale account using an external third-party application, such as Facebook, or an app developed using the Yardsale API. Yardsale may receive some data from those connected third-party applications. Connecting your Yardsale account to third-party applications or services is optional, and when you connect your account to an external app, you will be given the opportunity to grant permission. You can revoke your permission under your Yardsale account settings.
Yardsale uses the information described in this policy to provide and improve our services and products, for billing, for identification and authentication purposes, to contact members or interested parties, and for general research and aggregate reporting.
Choice & Control
We know members of our community value having control over their own information, and therefore Yardsale gives you the choice of providing, editing or removing certain information, as well as choice over how we contact you.
You may change or correct your Yardsale account information (except your username) at any time. You may remove certain optional information you no longer wish to be publicly visible, such as your full name.
For various reasons, Yardsale may contact you about our services or your activity. Some of these messages are required, service-related messages for members. Other messages are not required, and you can control which optional messages you choose to receive by changing your settings in your account. Learn more in the Messages from Yardsale section of this policy.
If you have optionally connected your account to an external, third-party application, such as Facebook, or an app developed using the Yardsale API, you can remove permission for the app by changing your account settings.
If you no longer wish to use Yardsale’s services or receive service-related messages, then you may close your account.
Yardsale may offer in the future offer a contact-importer feature to help you identify people you know on Yardsale and invite others to join. You may connect directly with your email service provider to import your contacts to Yardsale; we do not retain the login information for your email service. You may be able to search for people you know by email address or phone number on the site or by connecting to your mobile phone's contact list via a mobile application. Finding your friends on Yardsale helps you connect with them in community features. When you add contacts, they will automatically receive an email notification (unless a member has opted-out of receiving this type of email). If you do not want your contacts to be able to find you on Yardsale through your email address or phone number, you may opt-out through your account settings. If you do not wish to be located on Yardsale via your full name, you may remove your name from your public account information. It is not possible to opt-out of being found via your username.
Messages from Yardsale
On occasion, Yardsale will send you messages. The default, required form of communication is email. If you sign up for SMS notifications, Yardsale may also contact you by text message when applicable. In some situations, Yardsale may send you physical mail; you can decline physical mail from Yardsale in your account settings.
Some messages from Yardsale are service-related and required for members. Examples of service-related messages include, but are not limited to: a welcome/confirmation email when you register your account, notification of offers or sales, or correspondence with Yardsale’s support team. These messages are not promotional in nature. You may not opt-out of receiving service-related messages from Yardsale, unless you close your account.
As a member, Yardsale may also send you messages related to certain features on the site or your activity. Yardsale may also send you news or updates about changes to our site or services. By default, members will receive these messages via email, but you may choose to opt-out of getting certain emails under your account settings.
Yardsale offers optional email newsletters. You must opt-in or subscribe to begin receiving newsletters, and subscription is available to both members and non-members. Members may subscribe or unsubscribe from optional newsletters under your account settings or by following the instructions contained in the newsletter emails. Non-members may subscribe by providing an email address, which will only be used by Yardsale for these newsletters. Non-members may unsubscribe from newsletters by following the instructions contained in the newsletter emails.
Members may share with their friends links to Yardsale using a convenient “Email” feature on certain pages. If you choose to use this share by email or text feature, Yardsale will ask for the information needed to send the message, such as your friend's email address or mobile phone number. Yardsale will then automatically send your friend an email or text message, inviting your friend to visit the site. We won’t use your friend’s email address or mobile phone number for any other purpose. Your friend may opt-out of receiving future similar sharing emails from Yardsale by following the instructions in the email.
A contact-importer feature is available to help you locate and connect with your friends and contacts who may be members of Yardsale. If someone in your contact list is not already a member, you may invite them to join Yardsale. You may preview the invitation before Yardsale generates and sends it. Recipients of invitations may opt out of receiving future invitations by following instructions in the invitation message.
Yardsale is both a marketplace and a community. We offer several features that allow members to connect and communicate in public or semi-public spaces. Please use common sense and good judgement when posting in these community spaces or sharing your personal information with others on Yardsale. Be aware that any personal information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by others, or could be used to send you unsolicited messages. Yardsale generally does not remove content from community spaces, and your posts may remain public after your account is closed. You are responsible for the personal information you choose to post in community spaces on Yardsale.
Another Yardsale member may add you to receive updates about your public site activity (like items you are selling and public Favorites). You may choose to make certain activities private in your account settings. After a member has added you, you have the option to block that member if you do not wish to share your updates with that specific person.
Information Sharing & Disclosure
We want to respect your privacy. Yardsale will not sell or disclose your name, email address or other personal information to third parties without your explicit consent, except as specified in this policy.
Yardsale limits access to your personal information to employees who we believe reasonably need to come into contact with that information to provide products or services to you or in order to do their jobs.
Yardsale is affiliated with a variety of businesses and works closely with them. These businesses may offer promotions or sell items or services to you through Yardsale’s services. Yardsale may also provide services or sell products jointly with affiliated businesses. Due to the nature of our business model, when an affiliated business is associated with your transaction, we may share information that is related to such transaction with that affiliated business. Yardsale may share aggregated demographic information with business partners.
Yardsale employs other companies and people to perform tasks on our behalf, and we need to share your information with them to provide products and services to you. Examples include but are not limited to fulfilling orders, processing payments, handling billing disputes and collections, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance and providing customer service. Yardsale may partner with third-party services for fraud prevention and/or identity verification.
We can only speak for ourselves; this policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that Yardsale does not own or control, or individuals that Yardsale does not employ or manage. If you provide your information to others on Yardsale or throughout the Internet, different rules may apply to the use or disclosure of the information you provide to them. Yardsale does not control the privacy policies of third parties, and you are subject to the privacy policies of those third parties where applicable. Yardsale is not responsible for the privacy or security practices of other websites on the Internet, even those linked to or from the Yardsale site. We encourage you to ask questions before you disclose your personal information to others.
Cookies & Tracking Technologies
Yardsale uses a variety of technologies to help us better understand how people use our site and services.
A cookie is a small data file sent from a web site to your browser that is stored on your computer's hard drive. Yardsale uses our own cookies for a number of purposes, including to access your information when you sign in; keep track of preferences you specify; display the most appropriate content based on your interests and activity on Yardsale; estimate and report Yardsale's total audience size and traffic; conduct research to improve our content and services. You can configure your browser's settings to reflect your preference to accept or reject cookies. If you reject all cookies, you will not be able to take full advantage of Yardsale's services.
We employ a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. web beacons or web bugs) to help us better manage content on our site by informing us what content is effective. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user's computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. We do not tie the information gathered by clear gifs to your personally identifiable information.
We use Flash cookies (a.k.a local shared objects or LSOs) to store some of your viewing preferences on our site. Flash cookies are used to collect and store information, but differ from browser cookies in the amount, type and manner in which data is stored. Yardsale does not tie the information gathered by Flash cookies to your personally identifiable information.
Yardsale may partner with third-party services who may use various tracking technologies, such as browser cookies or Flash cookies, to provide certain services or features. These technologies allow a partner to recognize your computer each time you visit Yardsale, but do not allow access to personally identifiable information from Yardsale. Yardsale does not have access or control over these third-party technologies, and they are not covered by our privacy statement.
The security of your personal information is important to us. Your Yardsale account information is protected by a password. It is important that you protect against unauthorized access of your account and information by choosing your password carefully, and keeping your password and computer secure by signing out after using our services. Yardsale encrypts sensitive information (such as credit card number) using secure socket layer technology (SSL). Yardsale follows generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once Yardsale receives it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
Yardsale will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. If you no longer want Yardsale to use your information to provide you services, you may close your account. Yardsale will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
Yardsale reserves the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it periodically. We’ll communicate changes by posting a notice on the site. If we make material changes to this policy you will be notified here, by email, or other places Yardsale deems appropriate.
If you have questions or suggestions you can contact Yardsale’s support team by sending an email to email@example.com, or writing to: Yardsale Support (aka Ryan); 33 Albion Street; San Francisco, CA 94103; telephone: (415) 683-6832.