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Old 05-30-2014, 09:17 AM   #1
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Many years ago, the AK Files had a strict policy of "no commercial advertising unless you were a vendor". This included links to your business in your signature, "press release" type threads extolling your latest project, "helpful posts" ( "We sell what you guys are talking about! Click here to buy!" ) in contextually-relevant threads, business name as user name, and any other type of advertising for your business.

For various reasons, enforcement of this policy was relaxed, mainly due to the board owner not being around much to deal with vendors & the lack of moderators.


Fast forward to last year. The board software was upgraded, and one of the upgrades was a subscription option for vendors.

Yes, that's right. Since the board software upgrade, one doesn't have to contact the owner to become an AK Files Vendor.

The board has also gained a few new moderators.


What privileges do Vendors get?


As an AK Files Vendor, you can:

- Advertise anywhere on the board ( Marketplace rule #10 waived for AK Files Vendors; all other Marketplace rules apply )

- Have links to your business in your signature


Also, some of the board upgrades are:

- Increased private message limit

- Vendors usernames are rendered in bold font

- Vendors can have 125x125 avatars



Back in the day, Vendors could get their own subforums, where they would have complete control of what went on in them.

These days, Jen is hard to get hold of, so if any Vendor wants to post a thread that they can control, they can post it in General Manufacturers, Vendors and Gunsmiths. If a Vendor needs something moderated from one of their threads in GM, V & G, they can request this from a moderator.

If the Vendor gets hold of Jen and gains a dedicated Vendor subforum, all their threads from GM, V & G can be moved into it.

All other areas of the forum will continue to be governed by their particular rules ( Board rules or Marketplace rules ).

Unlike other places, Vendors do not gain any protections by the staff or owner of the AK Files, nor any special privileges other than outlined above.


What does all this mean?


It means that by August 1, 2014, if you are a business that advertises here, you will need to have a Vendor membership.

Some (but not all) examples:

- Is your user name here also the name of your business / e-store ? You'll need to be a Vendor.

- Want to link to your business in your signature? You'll need to be a Vendor.

- Post a lot of "press release" type threads for your business? You'll need to be a Vendor.


Vendor accounts are available for $25/mo or $250/year and you can get one right now via User CP > Paid Subscriptions > Dealer Subscription

As of August 1, 2014, the moderation team will be enforcing the board owner's "no commercial advertising from non-vendors" rule.









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Old 06-01-2014, 07:43 PM   #2
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Old 06-02-2014, 02:55 PM   #3
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hmmmm just need to decide if this site will revenue $250 a year for us. I checked the stats and this website is in 5th place for referring sites. Still on the fence but until then expect my vendor membership on august 1st
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What of Vendor Sub Forums? Is it not included as on other forums for "Vendor" accounts?
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What of Vendor Sub Forums? Is it not included as on other forums for "Vendor" accounts?
General Manufacturers, Vendors and Gunsmiths is a subforum set up specifically for vendor use. Vendors may use this instead of the Marketplace if they wish.


As far as getting a custom subforum ( like K-Var or Dan's Sporting Goods ), you'll have to contact Jen for that.
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Old 06-06-2014, 06:32 PM   #6
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Did the IRS nark threat shaming sticky / concerned member thread get deleted?
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Old 06-06-2014, 10:56 PM   #7
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Did the IRS nark threat shaming sticky / concerned member thread get deleted?
I've not looked for it today, but if you can't find it, it most likely did.
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:16 PM   #8
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So on august 1st you'll start enforcing which means I should probably become a vendor by July 31st if I want to guarantee that my current threads won't be deleted, right? Also, one of my threads(the carbine thread in krinkov's category) has been merged so that it says someone else started it. Will you be able to account for this?
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So on august 1st you'll start enforcing which means I should probably become a vendor by July 31st if I want to guarantee that my current threads won't be deleted, right? Also, one of my threads(the carbine thread in krinkov's category) has been merged so that it says someone else started it. Will you be able to account for this?
Any thread or post made before August 1st will be grandfathered.

If you don't plan on doing vendor things after August 1st, you don't need to worry about getting a vendor subscription.
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Well that's good. I decided I'm still going to anyways for that badass bold font and 125x125 pixelness lol. Regardless, this has been an awesome forum and I feel that I definitely fall under the category of people that benefit from it so I'll do it as a sign of appreciation from not only myself but the company I represent
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Old 06-18-2014, 12:56 PM   #12
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Does this also apply to Group Buys?

Not sure how this would be considered a Vendor since the GB would be run by a member....
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No, it does not apply to group buys set up by members.
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:18 PM   #15
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Folks, if you are wanting to change your user name to your business name, please keep in mind that username changes aren't done here ( at least not since I've been here ).

This means you will need to apply for a new account with the desired username before you pay for a vendor subscription. Your current posts, settings and whatnot WILL NOT transfer over to the new account.

Make sure you let the mods know, so you're not banned for running dupe accounts.
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:21 PM   #16
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Ladies and gentlemen, if your username is a business name, you will need to have Vendor status in less than 31 days if you wish to keep posting after that time.

If you are a business owner/operator and plan on becoming an AK Files Vendor, but your current username isn't the one you want representing your business, now is the time to submit for a new username ( see previous post for more info )
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:40 AM   #17
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About 3 days and 3 weeks to go on this . . .
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Old 07-18-2014, 06:45 AM   #18
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Less than two weeks to go.

If you do not make preparations now, do not be surprised when your posting privileges disappear . . .


( I can already see it happening for some of you )
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Based on the description above, not sure if I fall into a "vendor" category but I sell stuff in the MP. Might as well find out now
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Old 07-18-2014, 04:37 PM   #20
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Based on the description above, not sure if I fall into a "vendor" category but I sell stuff in the MP. Might as well find out now
Just "selling stuff in the MP" does not make you a vendor.
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Old 07-19-2014, 12:16 AM   #21
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Rog.

I honestly wasn't sure Calguns slapped a $75 a month bounty for "vendor" status, and I left that forsaken place like a dog with his nuts trapped in a mousetrap.

If any rich dudes wanna pony up the funds lets Launch a biz then we be baller venders yo! ;D
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Less than 11 days to go . . .

If you resemble the description in the OP and haven't gotten your situation arranged, you might be surprised come the first of the month.
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Cant wait to see the sandy va jay jay's on this one.
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At the time of this post, there's just over two more days to go.
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Only hurt a little. $21 a month is one of the better values going. Its a small forum but has sufficient numbers of covered products to merit the funds.

Just keep the site clean and I'll pay up yearly...
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Many years ago, the AK Files had a strict policy of "no commercial advertising unless you were a vendor". This included links to your business in your signature, "press release" type threads extolling your latest project, "helpful posts" ( "We sell what you guys are talking about! Click here to buy!" ) in contextually-relevant threads, business name as user name, and any other type of advertising for your business.

For various reasons, enforcement of this policy was relaxed, mainly due to the board owner not being around much to deal with vendors & the lack of moderators.


Fast forward to last year. The board software was upgraded, and one of the upgrades was a subscription option for vendors.

Yes, that's right. Since the board software upgrade, one doesn't have to contact the owner to become an AK Files Vendor.

The board has also gained a few new moderators.


What privileges do Vendors get?


As an AK Files Vendor, you can:

- Advertise anywhere on the board (within the board rules)

- Have links to your business in your signature


Also, some of the board upgrades are:

- Increased private message limit

- Vendors usernames are rendered in bold font

- Vendors can have 125x125 avatars



Back in the day, Vendors could get their own subforums, where they would have complete control of what went on in them.

These days, Jen is hard to get hold of, so if any Vendor wants to post a thread that they can control, they can post it in General Manufacturers, Vendors and Gunsmiths. If a Vendor needs something moderated from one of their threads in GM, V & G, they can request this from a moderator.

If the Vendor gets hold of Jen and gains a dedicated Vendor subforum, all their threads from GM, V & G can be moved into it.

All other areas of the forum will continue to be governed by their particular rules ( Board rules or Marketplace rules ).

Unlike other places, Vendors do not gain any protections by the staff or owner of the AK Files, nor any special privileges other than outlined above.


What does all this mean?


It means that by August 1, 2014, if you are a business that advertises here, you will need to have a Vendor membership.

Some (but not all) examples:

- Is your user name here also the name of your business / e-store ? You'll need to be a Vendor.

- Want to link to your business in your signature? You'll need to be a Vendor.

- Post a lot of "press release" type threads for your business? You'll need to be a Vendor.


Vendor accounts are available for $25/mo or $250/year and you can get one right now via User CP > Paid Subscriptions > Dealer Subscription

As of August 1, 2014, the moderation team will be enforcing the board owner's "no commercial advertising from non-vendors" rule.








Just a reminder that this is now in effect.

If you have questions PM us.

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I found the vendor policies. We are a tactical gear manufacture but we are not selling anything. We are looking for a T&E so we will provide the FREE gear to AKfiles members. This is what make the AKfiles great...if I remember correctly.
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I found the vendor policies. We are a tactical gear manufacture but we are not selling anything. We are looking for a T&E so we will provide the FREE gear to AKfiles members. This is what make the AKfiles great...if I remember correctly.
The shopping cart system on your website would make that statement incorrect.
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I found the vendor policies. We are a tactical gear manufacture but we are not selling anything. We are looking for a T&E so we will provide the FREE gear to AKfiles members. This is what make the AKfiles great...if I remember correctly.
I will also add the following indicates you are a vendor, and why I contacted you regarding vendor status.


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well i can easily find 1 or 2 people thats selling services and guns thats not a approved vendor i reported and nothing was done thats not fair to the vendors that pay to be on this site
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"AK Files Vendor" and "real life vendor" are two completely different things.

If a "real life vendor" desires to sell items as an individual and is not advertising their business & is in compliance with all the other forum rules, they are welcome to do so.


In other news, I know of at least one "AK Files Vendor" who - to my knowledge - just got that status for the halibut.
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My PP account was debuted last month but my vendor status was not renewed- can someone check what is going on?
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My PP account was debuted last month but my vendor status was not renewed- can someone check what is going on?
Not sure what's happening here, but it happens to many Vendors.

Shoot Jen a PM or email ( she's the only one that can help you )
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