UK Astronomy Buy & Sell
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – updated Jan. 30, 2022

How do I place a free advert?
Click on "Log In / Post Ads" from the menu (at the top left of any page). Then sign-in using your user name and password, then click on "Place Ads" from the menu (at the top center of the page). If it is your first time using AstroBuySell you will first have to register.  Follow the “Register” link from the top menu on any page.

Is placing adverts really free?
Yes. All private, not-for-profit ads can be placed free of charge.  See below for more information on appropriate free advertising.
NOTE: Manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, or service providers (whether full-time, part-time, or spare-time) cannot advertise for free.

Can dealers advertise personal items for free?
No. A dealer must become a paying sponsor whether selling business inventory or personal items.

What are "featured ads"?
These are pay ads. The advantage of "featured ads" is that they are featured on the front page of AstroBuySell.  Featured ads also appear on top of the listing and never "sink to the bottom", thus they are much more prominent and cannot be missed by prospective buyers!  See this link for complete details. Featured ads are not available to commercial advertisers.

My ad disappeared, where did it go?
Most likely it was automatically archived.  On the first day of each month ads that are older than 2.5 months are automatically archived.  If you still have not sold/found your item, it is recommended that you re-enter your ad.

Can archived ads be made current again?
Yes, but it's really not practical.  If you accidentally archived an ad, send an email to the webmaster and he can make it current again. However, if your ad was automatically archived because older than 2.5 months, it's best to re-enter your ad so that it will reappear at the top of the listing again.

How do I look at the adverts?
From the menu (at the top of any page) click on "Browse adverts". On that page, you will have several choices. The most used choice is the "Show All ### adverts (starting with most recent)". Click here for step-by-step instructions. This option will show you all adverts from most recent to oldest. Otherwise you can specify exactly what you want to see by selecting from the menus on that page. For example, if you want to see all refracting telescopes for sale that are still "active" in London; from the menus select: "Telescope - Refractor", "For Sale, "Active", "London, England", then click the "Submit Query" button at the bottom of that page.

How do I see the details for each advert?
When browsing the adverts, you will only be shown the "preview" for each advert. To read the full details of an advert, click on "For Sale" or "Wanted" or "For Trade" in the second column.

Can I delete my ad after I sell/find my item?
No. You can mark your advert "sold" or "found" or “withdrawn”, then archive your advert.  When you archive your advert, your contact information is no longer shown! The reason we do not allow adverts to be deleted is because the accumulation of adverts creates an excellent reference database for used astronomical goods. By browsing old adverts, one can see the availability and pricing of used equipment.

How do I delete my registration record?
Send an email to the webmaster asking to have your registration deleted.  NOTE:  you should probably archive any current advertsIf you don’t archive current adverts, your contact info will still show in the current adverts, even though your registration record was deleted.

Why don't you have a rating system for sellers / buyers?
This has been requested many times over the years, often referencing web sites that have rating systems, such as eBay.  Please keep in mind that eBay has billions of dollars and thousands of employees behind it, while AstroBuySell is run by a single person (part time) with the help of one volunteer!
Unfortunately a rating system is a mine field to administer - when there is a disagreement in a transaction and negative feedback is left, I am sure I will be pulled in to mediate.  How could I possibly mediate when I'm not part of the transaction?! How could I possibly know who's right and who's wrong?!
Another concern is that dishonest people will find a way to enter fake positive feedback about themselves.

What are the guidelines for free ads?
Complete guidelines are listed here. Generally, free advertising is typically for items that meet this criteria:
- Single items (not a quantity of the same item)
- Usually the items are used
- The seller does not profit from the sale of the items
- Must be related to the hobby of astronomy

What do you consider inappropriate free advertising?
- Multiple quantities of the same item
- Any kind of service
- Refurbishing and re-selling equipment
- Building and selling equipment
- Repeatedly placing ads with the intent of making a profit
- Repeatedly selling “brand new, never used” items
- Manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, or service provider (whether full-time, part-time, or spare-time) cannot advertise for free
- Items on consignment with a dealer or retailer

What are some examples of inappropriate free advertising?
- Buying quantities of equipment at a close-out sale and re-selling it on AstroBuySell at a profit
- Buying items on eBay and re-selling them on AstroBuySell at a higher price
- Buying a large quantity of some material / item and re-selling it (whether at a profit or loss) on AstroBuySell, such as:
      - solar film, solar viewing glasses, red film for monitors, Teflon or Kydex plastic, Ebony Star laminate, etc...
- Offering to modify DSLR cameras or web cams for a fee because you are an electronics expert
- Building items in your garage workshop and selling them on AstroBuySell
- Your telescope is for sale on consignment at a dealer and your ad refers people to the dealer.

Why are you so strict about commercial advertising?
Because there are legitimate businesses tying to make a living by selling astronomy equipment. These businesses have large overheads (rent, salaries, taxes, advertising, etc) to pay and do not deserve to be undercut by spare-time “dealers” who don’t have any of these expenses.  Please support our astronomy retailers and dealers… without them we’d have nowhere to buy our equipment.

Can businesses place ads?
Yes, but first you must become a paying sponsor.

How does my business become a sponsor?

If you are interested in commercial advertising, please contact Elsie at sales  <at> astrobuysell <dot> com  for details and include the name of your business, your business' web page address, and specify whether you are a manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, or service provider. Advertising  entails purchasing a banner space (large banner on the main page, small banner on subsequent pages). After purchasing the banner space you can place up to 5 commercial classified ads per 30-day period.  There is no option to purchase only classified ads (i.e. banner space must be purchased first). 

Kit Testers:
This is a category for those individuals (not businesses) who like to buy and re-sell for profit.  I came up with the label "Kit Tester" to describe people who buy equipment, fix it or improve it, test it and then re-seller at a profit. But it also applies to anyone whose goal is to sell for profit, regardless of their approach.  Kit Testers cannot have a banner ad, rather they pay a fee (based on the price of each item) for each ad. For details contact Elsie at sales
 <at> astrobuysell <dot> com