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Classified 'Free Shouts' Rules

Private Classified Adverts (Free Shouts) on Shoutlocal.com are FREE and are uploaded automatically instantly to our system. Our staff do review every classified 'Free Shout'. We’re here to give the community of the Costa Blanca a free and easy way to buy, sell personal items (our classifieds 'Free Shouts' are not to be used for commercial businesses). To help that happen, we do however have a few simple rules for our FREE service that we are sure you wont mind reading! 

What are the rules?

- You have to be eighteen and over to use the site and to post a classified 'Free Shout' advert.

-  You’re only allowed one account. Our Classified 'Free Shouts' are free. It is also a service for personal items, thus it should not be used by commercial businesses - we have a low cost product for that in our marketplace. If you're using more than one account to avoid our already low fees for commercial businesses, we'll have to restrict your access to your accounts. Only use one. We always find out! Our system checks all IP addresses and cross references them. 

-  No contact details in titles, descriptions or photos. Please add them to the right fields. That way you’ll have more room to describe what you’re selling.
-  Clean, clear and accurate photos please. We’ll ask you to take them down if you add contact details to them. Or if they lie about what you’re selling.

-  No links to other websites in your ad. There’s a dedicated field for this when you post your ad.
-  Choose the best category you can. This will give you the best exposure and helps keep our site clean and tidy.
-  English only please. And keep it clean. Our site has the ability to be converted into just about any language so please lets use that.
-  One ad per item, and one item per ad. Just so nobody gets confused, don't post duplicate ads.
-  Highlight the best bits of your item. We don’t endorse or support product over another.

-  Only sell it if you have it. Wait till you have it before you try to sell it, like with pre-ordered tickets.
-  No spam please. This includes ad spam and keyword spamming in ads. Let’s keep our community as clean as we can.
-  No ‘Not Allowed’ items please. You can check out the list below.
-  And finally: if you’ve sold it, take the ad down (and maybe post something else)

What if someone keeps breaking the rules?
We remove their ads. Every time we do, we send them an email to let them know why. If they carry on, we might remove them and all their information from the site. They may also get blocked by our system.


Anything illegal or unsafe. Or something that the local community has asked us not to list. If we feel you’ve put up a banned item, we’ll ask you to take it down, or take it down ourselves.
Here’s some guidance on what you’re not allowed to sell (in alphabetical order):
  • Adult entertainment, like blue movies
  • Enhancing drugs
  • Sex toys

We do not allow the sale of animals of any kind
Animal parts
Definitely no animal parts, including parts of protected species. This includes taxidermy.
Animal Trapping Devices
With the exception of fish traps and pony traps (carts)

Bongs and water pipes
Why? Because across Europe more and more countries now describe it as a prescription-only medicine.
Capital bonds

Cigarettes and related products
  • Cigarettes, cigars and loose tobacco
  • Electronic cigarettes are allowed, but the liquids used to refill them aren't
Drugs and drug paraphernalia
  • Illegal drugs
  • Prescription drugs, including ones you can buy over the counter
  • Anything where the sole use is to help someone take drugs
  • Legal highs
Fake, replica or trademark items
  • Nothing fake, copied or unauthorised
  • Something with a company name/logo but wasn’t made or endorsed by them
Copies could be pirated, duplicated, backed-up, bootlegged or something else.
Firearms and ammunition (even if they’re legal to buy)
  • Guns, including air guns, replica guns, paintball guns and silencers
  • Ammunition, including ammo for paintball
  • Hunting equipment
  • Paintball paraphernalia (goggles, gloves) is allowed
Fireworks of any kind
Football tickets of any kind 
Get in touch with the FA or your club to find out how to exchange tickets.
Gas Meter Seals

Hate organisations of any kind

Human parts, remains or services
  • Organs
  • Blood, bone and waste
  • Sperm and eggs
  • Donor, surrogacy and fertility services
  • Used pregnancy tests
Lottery tickets
Nazi memorabilia
  • SS uniforms
  • Portraits of Hitler
  • Anything showing the Nazi swastika
  • Nazi propaganda
Parking permits
If you’d like to give your pass to someone else, get in touch with your council or town hall.
Personal information or mailing lists
  • You’re not allowed to sell bulk emails, Internet Protocol (IP), instant messenger (IM), or mailing lists that contain names, addresses, phone numbers or other personal info
  • No tools or software designed to send spam either
Red diesel
Security tag removal items
Stolen goods
You’re not allowed to sell blocked phones or no-signal phones either. We’ll help the police convict anyone who deals in stolen goods.
Did you know it’s illegal to sell supplements that contain DMAA?
Train, coach and bus tickets
  • It’s illegal to resell rail tickets in the UK and Spain (including Eurostar Tickets and local travel cards), unless you’re an official distributor
  • No coach or bus tickets either, please
 Get in touch with the coach or rail company to find out how to exchange tickets.
Unlocked hardware
  • Games consoles
  • Copied games, DVDs and computer software
  • No R4 cards please, with or without the console
Unlocking software
That’s software to help you unlock any electronic item, like a phone.
Used underwear
Best to keep the following to yourself:
  • Briefs, knickers, thongs, boxer shorts, nappies and so on
Virtual items and products
  • E-tickets
  • Domain names
  • Online accounts
  • FIFA coins
  • E-books
  • Virtual merchandise
  • Any other digital products
It’s illegal to buy or sell votes in the UK and Spain.
Weapons and knives
  • Chef and kitchen knives
  • Crossbows and archery sets
  • Historical and ornamental weapons (like Samurai swords and bayonets)
It’s fine to sell knives as part of cutlery set, though.

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