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    Lightbulb How to Start a Group Buy (GB) FAQ - WIP Guide + Templates

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    This is a work-in-progress FAQ - members are free to share their own modifications/ revisions - thanks so much





    Tip
    General Group Buy Template Guidelines and How-To's : For those who wish to start their own Group Buy Topic Discussion (or 2nd/3rd/4th/etc GB chance/round if the previous GB(s) has ended/closed


    Below is an infographic, two GB template ideas back from FUB along with one where I did so in the business GBs (you'll find a lot of similar ones in both medical/business) - Just be familiar with the note/info/tip/warning icons in the reply box - you'll see the icons there.


    WARNING

    As a reminder :

    Please code all non-GI-external links (except for imgur/youtube)

    1. copy + paste link (don't use insert link option)
    2. code links
    3. if your link is still clickable, then edit your post/go to advanced options > highlight link and then select the Red "X" Globe Icon to remove the hyperlink (located to the right of the smiley/emoticon above the your text field)
    4. Alternatively, you can also go to "Go advanced" in your reply box window, highlight the live link and click on the "#" icon to add code tags.

    example on coding links :
    [c ode]www.yourlinksdotcom[/c ode] (remove spaces in the word "code")

    Thank you





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    Here was an infographic to some of the above :






    Okay, not the best demonstration in art, but hope some of the above pointers help.




    NOTE
    For your topic on Group Insiders : >

    go to the general business or medical GB discussion section and tag the title with [Discuss GB], it's a dropdown box.


    Images can be hosted on imgur and videos from youtube can be both embedded in the post. please see the infographic link above (it's nearly similar to the GI forum icons)
    You can also use the generated [IMG] Forum Tags given by imgur once you upload or link the image through imgur itself.

    Never link images directly from the host website. Always use an image hoster like imgur.

    Pricing information : include the product price,




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    Medical GBs General Discussion Section :
    http://groupinsiders.com/forumdispla...ussion-Section

    Business GBs General Discussion Section :
    http://groupinsiders.com/forumdispla...ussion-Section

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    ===============================Begin Sample Template=========================


    Tip
    Medical GBs General Discussion Section :
    http://groupinsiders.com/forumdispla...ussion-Section

    Business GBs General Discussion Section :
    http://groupinsiders.com/forumdispla...ussion-Section


    Tip
    Final Example of Barebone Template :
    You can Copy/Paste the following and adjust as needed, I didn't close the notice boxes in this example, and you need to reverse the "\" to a "/" to make the notice box appear properly in your post. - template begins below this tip box, starting with : "Your GB Topic Title"







    Your GB Topic Title (choose your own font/style/etc)




    <insert your Image(s) via details explained in infographic above for imgur links -
    never link images directly from host site>>






    Product Information / Sales Page(s):
    [CODE] [\CODE]


    [INFO]
    Insert your product Details
    [\INFO]

    [TIP]

    Other important announcements

    [\TIP]

    [NOTE] Other relevant details, you can omit this box or the tip box above as you wish [\NOTE]

    Product Price :
    [INFO]$XXXX.XX[\INFO]


    Price Per Seat:
    [NOTE]To Be Announced.

    [INFO]General Message to new and old FUB-GI members :

    @everyone, Thanks for your continued interest to participating in this GI Group Buy.

    The advantage to everyone being on the [Discuss GB] interested list will result in LOWER
    individual group buy seat prices + you will be notified of when the group buy is live via PM so that you reduce the chance of missing out on the Group Buy if it closes fast.
    In some cases, the larger the [Discuss GB] interested lists are, the quicker the GB can be processed to live as well. Please visit the appropriate [Discuss GB] forums to find suitable topics that interest you to help everyone out.

    You may also subscribe through individual thread topics for email notifications + PMs as discussed in our FAQ Forum Topics here : http://groupinsiders.com/showthread.php?493-NEW-MEMBERS!!-Read-this-after-purchasing-your-first-Group-Buy&p=16886&viewfull=1#post16886

    Regards,
    [\INFO]


    [\NOTE]


    [INFO]
    How is the pricing structure for GBs worked out?

    To work out the cost of a seat on a particular GB, admin need to take into account the following:

    Product Price
    +
    Site Fees: 20%/$200 (one or the other - whichever is the higher)
    +
    10.5% Payment Processor Fees
    +
    $3.00 per seat Upload Fees [\INFO]



    Number of Seats:
    [TIP]To Be Announced [\TIP]





    [WARNING]Group Insider Group Buy Rules & FAQ


    The GB Process From Start To Finish :
    http://groupinsiders.com/showthread....tart-To-Finish

    Group Insiders Group Buy Complete FAQ Topics : [read all sticky, pinned topics and replies and noted info boxes]

    http://groupinsiders.com/forumdispla...03-FAQ-Section

    GB Rules Reminder Post & Resulting Outcomes if violated :
    http://groupinsiders.com/showthread.php?493-NEW-MEMBERS!!-Read-this-after-purchasing-your-first-Group-Buy&p=17393&viewfull=1#post17393

    [\WARNING]





    ========Please Include This Message & Everything Below it - Thank you========

    List of Interested Members + (including respective GB pledges)

    Please try to keep the list formatting in order so that our members and staff don't have to keep editing it to correct, Before you post the reply to add your name to the interested list, you can preview the post and edit it after if something was not correct. Most important is to not miss any members from the ongoing list and copy the brackets like how the other members are posting.

    "I am committing to contribute to this Group Buy (GB) for purchase from the respective Author of this product"

    Format
    - GI Username + (AMOUNT) or (ANY) or (=<10% TOTAL COST)

    Committed Contributor's List:





    1. ...
    2. ...
    3. ...
    4. ...
    5. ...





    List Updated. Please DO NOT MISS ANY MEMBERS + INCLUDE TOP + BOTTOM BRACKETS WHEN COPYING


    ========Please Include This Message & Everything Above it - Thank you========






    =======================END of Sample Template===================
    Last edited by vancomycin; 08-08-2015 at 07:29 PM. Reason: updated template, added faq + rule links

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    Great job vancomycin! This should be extremely useful for many members.

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    All this makes me understand a lot about the forum

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    very useful! Makes it a lot clearer on how to's

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    GB Pricing Structure =

    Product price + $200 OR 20% (which ever is the higher amount) + 10.5% Payment Processor Fee + $3.00 per seat FTP Fee

    You don't need to work the figures out your self if you are unsure, but please be aware that this is the structure of how seat pricing is determined.

    In some circumstances admin will waive the $200/20%, but this is at admin discretion.

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    Where To Create Your GBs:

    Business GBs are created in the following section:
    http://groupinsiders.com/forumdispla...ussion-Section

    Medical GBs are created in the following section:
    http://groupinsiders.com/forumdispla...ussion-Section

    Use the [DISCUSS GB] prefix.

    Only admin create the Official GBs - this is for when the above GBs have created enough interest to start collecting payment.

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    GB Rules:

    Anyone can start a GB - follow previous posts in this thread to understand the process.

    Only admin create the Official Thread for the GB. This is decided in conjunction with the GB participators, and is determined by the number on the interested list, and whether admin feel costs can be covered.

    Admin will organise a buyer (and it isn't necessarily the GB originator, these are separate functions. The buyers identity is never revealed).

    No one can supply a product themselves, as previously mentioned, admin organise purchase.

    Everyone pays the same amount for their seat on the GB.

    NO trading, selling, or soliciting of such things will be allowed or tolerated. This will result in an instant ban.

    NO refunds are allowed. The monies raised are used to make the purchase. Please choose wisely before making your seat purchase.

    All decisions admin take in regards to the running of this forum and the way GBs are organised and structured are for the purpose of everyone's safety and security - buyer, members, admin, forum.
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    Professional and organised is the way to happiness... thanks for this, I've saved time having to copy and paste from someone elses GB thread.

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    Thanks, Vancomycin, for the detailed explanation! One question I have is can we both start a GB and also volunteer to be the GB buyer (to get the benefits of interacting with the vendor and joining community)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by freearch View Post
    Thanks, Vancomycin, for the detailed explanation! One question I have is can we both start a GB and also volunteer to be the GB buyer (to get the benefits of interacting with the vendor and joining community)?
    @freearch, you are welcome. I believe naquoya has answered your question here : http://groupinsiders.com/showthread....ll=1#post71094 (please also see post #2 in that link)

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    thanks for the clarification!

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    Thanks, Vancomycin, this is an excellent guide for newbies!

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    One Question: Is it allowed to start a GB for a bundle of products? It's from one author, each course is only about USD 150. I plan to start a GB for all together, so in total about USD 1200. It's all from the same author and about the same theme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whocares View Post
    One Question: Is it allowed to start a GB for a bundle of products? It's from one author, each course is only about USD 150. I plan to start a GB for all together, so in total about USD 1200. It's all from the same author and about the same theme.
    We had GBs in the past for a bundle of products.

    I don't see any problems in that.

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    Awesome I really learned how forum works now!

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    Very well written information
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