The Hot Wire Terms of Use

Advertiser Guidelines

Advertisers are solely responsible for all information that is submitted to The Hot Wire and any consequences that my result from your post. The Hot Wire reserves the right at our discretion to refuse or delete content that we believe is inappropriate or that breaches our Terms of Use. We also reserve the right at our discretion to restrict usage of the site either temporarily or permanently, or refuse a user registration.
Some handy tips to remember:

  • The Hot Wire connects buyers and sellers and we always encourage face-to-face local trading. This means that the majority of users who reply to your ad will be in your local area.
  • We urge that when you are buying or selling you should always meet in person to see the item and exchange money.
  • To create a better experience for all users, you can only post one ad per item, service event, etc.
    • Please choose the location and category that is most relevant to your ad and post one ad there. Do not post the same ad repeatedly across categories or locations.
    • Posting duplicate ads and/or posting the same ad using a different email address isn’t allowed on The Hot Wire. This isn’t fair to other users and is annoying when reviewing search results.
  • For the most part businesses can sell on The Hot Wire just like private sellers, however in some cases, businesses or people considered to be advertising for commercial purposes, may be subject to specific limits and/or policies. At the moment, these limits only apply to the Automotive>Cars, vans & utes category. These limits are designed to ensure The Hot Wire remains a vibrant and transparent market place for all buyers and sellers.
  • Please click here for information on what can’t be sold on The Hot Wire.
  • You can include a web site address in the main body of your ad but URL’s are not permitted in the title. Please not that links on The Hot Wire will not be clickable

For more information please see our General posting policies.

Buyer Guidelines

The Hot Wire is designed for local classifieds trading so we recommend that when you’re buying a product or service that you follow the simple tips below:

  1. When buying or selling, you should always meet in-person to see the item and exchange money. The Hot Wire encourages face-to-face, local trading. For personal ease and safety take someone with you, or have someone with you if a buyer is coming to your home or workplace. If this is not possible, arrange to meet in a public place. If you’re answering a home service ad, ask the poster to produce identity and proof of qualification before inviting them into your home.
  2. Always inspect the item before agreeing to a sale. Inspect all items carefully to ensure they match the description in the ad, and any issues are known before you finalize the sale.
  3. Never send or wire money to anyone you don’t know. This includes mailing cheques or using payment services like Bidpay, Western Union or Money Gram to pay. We believe that these forms of funds transfer are favoured by fraudsters.
  4. The Hot Wire doesn’t offer any sort of buyer protection / payment programs. Please ignore any emails you receive that refer to buyer protection/payment systems, even if they may have The Hot Wire logo. If you receive any emails promoting these services, please report it to us.
  5. The Hot Wire doesn’t offer any sort of live chat support. If you receive any emails containing a live chat link, please report it to us.
  6. Always use common sense. If it looks too good to be true it probably is!

Community Guidelines

The Hot Wire is a community site and we rely on your feedback because it helps to shape the site and keep it friendly, safe, up to date and relevant for everyone. We like to think of it as you, The Hot Wire community, policing the site and keeping out the bad guys.
While the vast majority of The Hot Wire users have great success buying, selling, renting or connecting with others, from time to time we do receive reports of people attempting to scam or defraud users.
We have found that one of the best ways to address this problem is to ensure that all transactions take place locally and in person.
However, if you find an ad on The Hot Wire that you think is illegal or a scam or fraud you can report to us by clicking on the ‘Report’ button featured on every ad on The Hot Wire. Reporting a suspicious ad brings it to our attention so that we can review and, if necessary, take it down quickly.
If you reply to an ad and you get a suspicious request from the poster of the ad (e.g. asks for money to be sent to them via a payment service), please forward the email to us and stop all communications with that person.
If you experience harassment or abuse in connection to either an ad on The Hot Wire or an email received from a The Hot Wire user then please report it to us. You can also forward the details to the sender’s email account provider (i.e., Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL).

Stuff for Sale

Stuff for sale posting policy

  • The stuff for sale categories is for all sellers.
  • Please do not include links to auction sites or links to your ad posted on another site. Remember, you can be as descriptive as you like and even include up to 10 photos, so there is no need to direct people elsewhere.
  • We do not allow postings advertising the sale of ANYTHING illegal including but not limited to the following: drugs, weapons, obscene, erotic items /material, cigarettes or tobacco products.
  • No pet ads – please post your pet ads in the pets section. Refer to our pets policies here.

Ensure your ad doesn’t breach any applicable government laws/legislations. It is the responsibility of the advertiser to ensure that the ad content adheres to The Hot Wire Posting Policies as well as applicable laws. This should be checked before you post your ad. Under our Terms of Use, you agree that you will not violate any laws.

Cars, motorbikes & other vehicles

Cars, motorbikes & other vehicles posting policy

  • The vehicles categories are for both private and commercial sellers and buyers.
  • Please don’t include links to auction sites or links to your ad posted on another site.
  • Write the most descriptive and informative ad as possible and always provide accurate information such as kilometres. Users appreciate a well-made ad and you may find you get a better response. Remember, you can use as much space as you like and you can include up to 10 photos, so there is no need to direct people elsewhere.
  • To ensure The Hot Wire is a vibrant and transparent marketplace commercial sellers are subject to specific limits and policies.

Ensure your ad doesn’t breach any applicable government laws/legislations. It is the responsibility of the advertiser to ensure that the ad content adheres to The Hot Wire Posting Policies as well as applicable laws. As a condition of The Hot Wire use specified under our Terms of Use, you agree that you will not violate any laws.

Business Services

Business services posting policy, The ‘Business Services’ sections are for businesses and commercial entities to submit postings advertising their services and not individual items/products for sale.
All massage services ads on The Hot Wire must:

  • have no photos (business logos are fine)
  • state professional qualifications (accreditation, certificates, diplomas, work history etc.). You must include the level of the qualification, the awarding body and where it was achieved
  • must not specify unnecessary details (such as body type, race, age, sexual orientation/preference etc.)
  • Ads for ‘tantra/tantric massage’ are not permitted
  • Massage ads offering adult/sexual services are not permitted

We don’t allow duplicate ads (multiple ads advertising the same company’s services). Duplicate ads are extremely frustrating to our users, and they add no value to the categories in which they appear. Please post no more than one ad for your services. The repeated posting of multiple, duplicate ads may lead to a complete deletion of ALL of your ads and restriction of your use of The Hot Wire.
Ads offering financial services must use a valid business email address and contain a valid business landline number.
Ensure your ad doesn’t breach any applicable government laws/legislations. It is the responsibility of the advertiser to ensure that the ad content adheres to The Hot Wire Posting Policies as well as applicable laws. As a condition of The Hot Wire use specified under our Terms of Use, you agree that you will not violate any laws.

Real estate

Real estate posting policy
Share accommodation

  • Only advertise in this section if you wish to let a room within a property.
  • Please advertise one share room per ad.
  • If ads are indiscriminately posted in multiple, irrelevant categories, they will be removed and your access may be restricted.
  • Please do not include links to other accommodation websites. Real estate agencies are allowed to include business URL’s within the body of the ad.
    Flats/ Houses to Rent
  • These sections of The Hot Wire are for advertising entire flats or houses to rent. Rooms offered within a flat or house should be in ‘Flat/House Share’.
  • Please ensure that each ad ONLY advertises one property. If more than one property is included in an ad it will be removed and your access may be restricted.
  • Please do not include links to other accommodation websites in ads. Real estate agencies are allowed to include business URL’s.
  • Please note that we reserve the right to remove ads that breach our posting rules and/or our terms of use.

* Rental and property agencies may advertise in both categories. They must select the ‘Agency’ option when creating their ad. Either category should not be used as a platform to promote your business. Every ad must be for a specific property only.

Ensure your ad doesn’t breach any applicable government laws/legislations. It is the responsibility of the advertiser to ensure that the ad content adheres to The Hot Wire Posting Policies as well as applicable laws. As a condition of The Hot Wire use specified under our Terms of Use, you agree that you will not violate any laws.

Jobs

Jobs posting policy

  • Each job posting must advertise an individual (one vacancy only) and specific position. Generic postings advertising multiple vacancies or employment services are not allowed.
  • Each ad should state salary, location and detailed position description.
  • Each job posting must be written in English. A foreign translation may be included below.
  • Agencies must ensure they are clearly identified and should not use this category as a platform to promote their business.
  • The Hot Wire does not accept postings which require candidates to send money or stamped addressed envelopes to gain further details of the position/s.
  • We do not accept commission only, multi-level marketing or work from home jobs.
  • We do not accept postings that advertise pyramid selling, or multi-level marketing schemes.
  • We do not accept job adverts for cash in hand work.
  • We do not accept postings containing links to other websites offering the user job posting facilities.
  • Job postings should be placed in the category which most closely relates to the actual nature of the vacancy rather than the nature of the employer or industry. If you are unsure, use the ‘General Jobs’ category to post your vacancies.
  • We ask that all fields in the Job Posting Form be filled out correctlyc.
  • We do not accept postings that advertise for models or actors (either male or female) using generic hotmail, yahoo, gmail, etc. email accounts and/or mobile phone numbers. These posters must include a registered agency email address and land line phone number.
  • We do not accept ads for escort/adult industry work.
  • We do not accept job ads for medical trials of any kind.
  • We reserve the right to remove ads that breach our posting rules and/or our Terms of Use.

Ensure your ad doesn’t breach any applicable government laws/legislations. It is the responsibility of the advertiser to ensure that the ad content adheres to The Hot Wire Posting Policies as well as applicable laws. As a condition of The Hot Wire use specified under our Terms of Use, you agree that you will not violate any laws.

Pets

These policies are based on RSPCA principles
The Hot Wire Pets section exists to help the community find safe, caring homes for pets. All ads placed in The Hot Wire Pets section must comply with The Hot Wire Pets Code of Practice.
The Hot Wire encourages, where possible, the desexing of animals prior to rehoming/adoption. The Hot Wire requires all pet owners to have their animals vet checked and vaccinated. All cats and dogs must be microchipped before they are advertised on The Hot Wire, even though this is not mandatory in some other regions. If you post your ad and it doesn’t comply with our policies, your ad will be removed and your access to the site could be restricted.
For advice on responsible pet ownership, please see our The Hot Wire Guide to Responsible Pet Ownership.
The Hot Wire Pets section is NOT intended to facilitate uncontrolled or irresponsible breeding, irresponsible commercial pet trading, trade of dogs or any other animal for the purpose of fighting or stud services. Any ads reported to us for promoting this kind of activity will be removed. Users are responsible for complying with The Hot Wire’s policies about adopting, buying or selling a pet and posting an ad on The Hot Wire.
The Hot Wire is a community site and we rely on your feedback to keep the site friendly and safe. We like to think of it as you, The Hot Wire community, ’policing’ the site and keeping out the bad guys. So, on each ad you will find a ’Report ad’ button. You can use this button to report ads which you believe promote uncontrolled/unsafe/unethical/irresponsible breeding practices and we will take a look.
When you report an ad, please send through all information you have about the ad (ideally the ad number), the email address of the advertiser and reasons why you believe the ad breaches The Hot Wire’s policies. We can then review the information and decide if we can take the ad down with the information provided. If you have concerns about the welfare of an animal you should also report this to your local RSPCA Inspectorate.
Advertising reptiles (turtles, snakes, crocodiles and lizards) and amphibians (toads and frogs) is prohibited by law in some regions. Department of Environment clearly states that you are not allowed to advertise to buy or sell animals, except in the newsletters of the reptile or frog keeper associations to which you personally belong. Reptiles and amphibians cannot be advertised in certain locations on The Hot Wire.
It’s important for pet adopters, buyers and sellers to read our code of practice and responsible pet ownership policies to identify and report non-compliant pet owners to The Hot Wire and relevant authorities.
In our continuous commitment to animal welfare, animal rights and responsible pet ownership, we have the following pet policies:
Policies for all Posters

  1. Although some states don’t require it, dogs and cats put up for adoption or sale on The Hot Wire must be microchipped, vaccinated and vet checked. If your ad does not comply with these requirements it will be removed and your access to The Hot Wire may be restricted. Buyers of cats and dogs should be provided with documentation confirming microchipping, vaccination status and vet check. The breeder/seller should be permanently recorded on the microchip register so they can be identified and traced from each individual cat or dog. As a buyer, if you notice an ad which you believe does not meet these requirements please report it to us by using the ‘Report Ad’ button within the ad.
  2. It is a legal and site requirement that all dogs and cats advertised in Victoria must include the full microchip number as outlined by the Department of Primary Industries – Microchip Details now needed in Cat/Dog Sale Advertisements – as a buyer if you notice an ad for a pet in Victoria without the necessary details please report it to us by using the ‘Report Ad’ button within the
  3. Pets can only be advertised in compliance with The Hot Wire policy. All ads should utilize the date function to state age/date of birth. Animals must be of a certain age before they are adoptable/available for rehoming/sale, (although posting your ad before they are 8 weeks old is ok).
    • All young animals should be self-sufficient – i.e. they must be able to feed themselves independently
    • Cats and Dogs: must be at least 8 weeks old
    • Rabbits: must be at least 6 weeks old
    • Guinea Pigs, Mice and Rats: must be at least 4 weeks old
    • Birds: must be fully feathered
    • No holding deposits allowed
    • Ferrets: must be at least 10 weeks old
  4. Frequency of breeding should be based on veterinary advice. Breeding females should not be made to breed more than once a year, this is considered unhealthy
  5. Remember to practice good biosecurity. Biosecurity regulations apply when buying and moving some animals. Check your regions animal movement requirements before purchasing an animal, especially if moving the animal interstate.

Policies for Breeders

  1. If the advertisement is for a cat or dog then the animal should be microchipped before sale or transfer and the microchip number should be stated in the advertisement. Microchip numbers should be provided in all advertisements nationally regardless of whether mandatory microchipping requirements exist in that particular state (i.e. this requirement applies not just to animals being sold in Victoria).
    Breeder’s contact details should be permanently recorded on a recognized microchip register prior to sale or transfer. Microchipping documentation should be provided to the buyer to confirm this.
  2. Breeders should allow potential buyers to visit the place where the animal was bred to meet the mother animal (and father, if he’s around).
  3. Breeders should provide their government registration/license/permit details to buyers, where this applies in their state/local council area. Requirements can vary between states/regions.
  4. If the breeder is ‘registered’ as a member of a non-government association e.g. State Canine council, they should provide their membership details to buyers. This should be in addition to the above requirements.

Unregistered breeders
A pricing limit of $500 per pet advertised for adoption/sale applies to any unregistered breeder or private advertiser. The price must be stated in the ad. Unregistered breeders/owners are NOT permitted to use the ’Please Contact’ price option in their pets ads.
Ensure your advertisement isn’t breaching any applicable laws. It is the responsibility of the advertiser to ensure that their advertisement adheres to The Hot Wire Posting Policies as well as applicable laws. It is a condition of your use of The Hot Wire, specified under our Terms of Use, that you will not violate any laws.
Please make sure you are complying with all local and state laws as there are many specific, localized regulations. For example, did you know it is illegal to sell fish as pets in Tasmania Australia unless you have a special license? Please check with your local council, state regulatory and any other relevant industry groups for any specific policies, rules and/or regulations about the sale of pets in your state.

The Hot Wire Pets Code of Practice

These policies are based on RSPCA principles
All ads posted in The Hot Wire pets section must comply with The Hot Wire Pets Policy and this Pets Code of Practice set out below. We understand some regions have different laws, please check with the relevant governing body in your state for further clarification. Any ads found to be breaching applicable laws and reported to us for breaching these laws will be removed from The Hot Wire.
Advertising a pet on The Hot Wire
Docked tail pets are not allowed on The Hot Wire, this is a prohibited practice and The Hot Wire does not accept ads of this nature.
Age restrictions apply for certain types of pets advertised and animals have to be of a certain age before they are adoptable/available for rehoming/sale, (although posting your ad before they are 8 weeks old is ok).

  1. All young animals should be self-sufficient – i.e. they must be able to feed themselves independently
  2. Dogs: must be at least 8 weeks old
  3. Cats: must be at least 8 weeks old
  4. Rabbits: must be at least 6 weeks old
  5. Guinea Pigs: must be at least 4 weeks old
  6. Mice and Rats: must be at least 4 weeks old
  7. Birds: must be fully-feathered
  8. Ferrets: must  be at least 10 weeks old

The following breeds of dog cannot be advertised on The Hot Wire:

  1. Pit Bull Terriers
  2. American Pit Bull Terriers
  3. Dogo Argentino (Argentinean fighting dogs)
  4. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian fighting dogs)
  5. Japanese Tosas
  6. MiPerro de Presa Canario

Adopting/Buying a pet on The Hot Wire

  1. Meet the poster of the ad and see the place where the animal is being housed before agreeing to anything. Since The Hot Wire is local to your community, this should be easy to arrange. Also, If you’re buying a young animal, like a puppy, kitten or baby rabbit etc, make sure you meet the mother (and father too, if he’s around) to check they’re  happy and healthy and that the breeder is providing  all their animals with a high standard of housing and care. Never buy a pet from someone who is unwilling to let you see how and where the animal is living!
    It is important to ensure the animal is from a legitimate breeding/housing site. Irresponsible breeders (e.g. puppy farmers) may use a fake house as a shop front so prospective buyers don’t see the poor conditions the animals are kept in. If you have any concerns about an animal advertised on The Hot Wire please report it to us. You should also report this to your local RSPCA Inspectorate.
  2. If you are paying for a pet, never mail a cheque or use payment services like Bidpay, Western Union or Money Gram. It is our belief that these forms of funds transfer are favoured by fraudsters. Be particularly wary of any seller who demands a deposit prior to seeing the pet. Meet the seller and animal in person, and pay cash.
  3. Visit your local RSPCA or other reputable animal rescue organization for tips on identifying responsible practices.
  4. There are two types of registration for breeders:
    Pedigree or purebred dog breeders are often referred to as ‘registered breeders’ when they are members of a breed club or association that operates a stud book or register. The term may also be used to refer to someone who is registered with their local council as a breeder (also called a ‘recognized’ breeder).
    Requirements for dog breeders vary from state to state. We recommend you call the relevant local council to confirm if breeders have to be registered with them and whether there is a code of practice or guidelines that the breeder should be following. If the answer is yes, you can ask the breeder for their registration details and what guidelines they follow.
    If the breeder is ‘registered’ as a member of a non-government association, e.g. State Canine council, they should also provide their membership details.
    Note that being a ‘registered’ breeder does not necessarily mean a breeder meets good animal welfare standards. The only way to be sure is to visit the place where the animal was bred to check out the living conditions and to meet the mother dog (and father if he’s there) to check they’re happy and healthy.
  5. Check that the breeder/seller is responsible. This is important because there are a number of serious animal welfare issues that can be associated with breeding including puppy farms.
    A puppy farm (also known as a puppy factory or puppy mill) is an intensive dog breeding facility that is operated under inadequate conditions that fail to meet the dogs’ behavioral, social and/or physiological needs. Puppy farms are usually large-scale commercial operations, but inadequate conditions may also exist in small volume breeding establishments which may or may not be run for profit.
    Puppies and breeding animals on puppy farms live in appalling conditions. Dogs are often kept in overcrowded and filthy environments. Breeding animals may be confined permanently in small cages, continually bred from and never allowed out for a walk, to go to the toilet in a separate space, play or express normal behaviors.
    Be aware of other welfare problems that can be associated with breeding including inherited diseases, inbreeding and exaggerated physical features.
  6. Buyers of cats and dogs should expect to be provided with documentation confirming microchipping, vaccination status and vet check.  It’s important that the breeder/seller is permanently recorded on the microchip register so they can be identified and traced from each individual cat or dog
  7. If in doubt contact your local RSPCA
  8. For tips and advice when considering adopting or buying a pet, please see our Guide to Responsible Pet Ownership.

Guide to responsible pet ownership

These policies are based on RSPCA principles
While pet sellers can be reputable individuals or breeders who treat their animals well, the ease of selling pets over the Internet also makes it attractive to irresponsible breeders who compromise animal welfare (e.g. puppy farmers) and potentially fraudsters. To protect yourself and ensure animal welfare, you must be careful and believe only what you see, not what you are told. Always arrange an inspection to check an advertiser’s standards of care and housing conditions, and that the animals are happy and healthy.
Remember that The Hot Wire Pets section is NOT intended to facilitate uncontrolled breeding, irresponsible commercial pet trading, trade of dogs or any other animal for the purpose of fighting or stud services. Any ads which promote this kind of activity and reported to us will be removed. Users are responsible for complying with The Hot Wire’s policies on adopting, buying or selling a pet and posting an ad on The Hot Wire.
The Hot Wire encourages, where possible, the adoption of pets and requires all pet owners to have their animals vet checked, vaccinated, desexed and microchipped even though some regions don’t require it.
The Hot Wire is a community site and we rely on your feedback to keep the site friendly and safe. We like to think of it as you, The Hot Wire community, ’policing’ the site and keeping out the bad guys. On each ad there is a ’Report ad’ button that allows you to bring to our attention any ad suspected of promoting uncontrolled/unsafe/unethical breeding practices.
You can also report these ads by clicking on the “Contact The Hot Wire” link located at the bottom of our Help pages and sending through all information you have about the ad (ideally the ad number), the email address of the advertiser and reasons why you believe you suspect the ad breaches The Hot Wire policies. We can then review the information and decide if we can take the ad down with the information provided. You should also report suspicious ads to your local RSPCA Inspectorate.
When looking for a pet online it’s important to meet the breeder or seller, and especially important to meet the pet, before you agree to anything. Since The Hot Wire is local to your community, this should be easy to arrange.
Never adopt/buy a pet from someone who is unwilling to let you see how and where the animal is living!
If you are searching for a pet on The Hot Wire, either via responding to posted ads or by posting your own ‘wanting to adopt/buy’ ad on the site, here are some tips and guidelines:

  • Visit the pet seller’s home or place where the animal was bred to see how they raise and care for their animals. If the seller is a breeder and will not allow you to meet at least the mother of a puppy or kitten this is a major warning sign – find another breeder as this means they probably have something to hide.
  • Many unethical sellers buy animals from puppy mills and similar sources/or run a puppy mill themselves but pass them off as home-raised. If you’re buying, or responding to a “free to good home” offer from an individual who is not a breeder, ask for as much information as possible about the animal’s history in terms of source, health records, and behaviour information – and also make sure you visit the place where they house the animal to check the living conditions
  • Get references, including other customers and the seller’s veterinarian. Check them out and be vigilant to ensure that the pet is in good health.
  • Get all health guarantees and other promises in writing. You should be given veterinary documentation confirming the animal has received a vet health check.
    If you are interested in a particular breed of dog, be aware that different breeds are predisposed to different inherited diseases. Some dogs have also been bred for a particular ‘look’, resulting in exaggerated features that can lead to serious health problems.
  • Adopt/buy from sellers who live in your area.  Never allow a seller to transport the animal to you – always first visit the seller and make sure the housing conditions are of a high standard. If it’s a puppy or kitten make sure the mother dog/cat is happy and healthy.
  • Avoid sellers located outside your local The Hot Wire city. Never send money outside your country no matter where the seller says the animal is located.

For further information on how to spot and avoid puppy farms/mills and further tips on finding a good breeder you can also refer to RSPCA’s guide for Smart Puppy buyers here.
If you are advertising your pet on The Hot Wire, here are some tips and guidelines:

  • Advertise through friends, neighbours, and local veterinarians and contact your local RSPCA for advice first; then try The Hot Wire. Your chances of finding a good home are increased when you check references with someone you know.
  • Visit the prospective new home in order to get a feel for the environment in which your pet will be living. Explain that the pet is part of your family and that you want to make sure he or she will be properly cared for. Screen potential homes and buyers/adopters very carefully.
  • Don’t be fooled. If anyone refuses to allow you to visit their home, do not place your pet with them. Individuals known as “bunchers” routinely answer “free-to-good-home” ads, posing as people who want family pets when, in actual fact, they sell pets to animal dealers. Dogfighters have also been known to obtain domestic animals for baiting through “free-to-good-home” ads. These people are professionals who may even bring children or their mothers with them when picking up pets. Individuals may also try to breed from undesexed ‘free to good home’ animals or they may be animal hoarders.
  • Always be mindful of your own safety when you go to interview potential adopters/buyers or if you allow a prospective adopter/buyer to enter your home. Always have a friend or family member with you.
  • Carefully consider all the elements of the new home: Will the person be able to meet all of your pet’s needs and give them a good quality of life? Will your pet get along with small children? Will your pet be treated as a pet and loved as part of the family? How will your pet be housed? Will they be able to meet all of your pet’s physical, social and behavioural needs? Does the family have a veterinary reference and a veterinary clinic they go to? Don’t be shy about asking questions. Your pet’s life and happiness depend on it. You want to ensure your pet will be treated as part of the family.
  • Ask for a valid form of photo identification including a street address (preferably a driver’s license). Record the number for your records and require the new owner to sign a contract stating the requirements of adoption upon which both parties agree. As part of the contract, require the new owner to contact you if he or she decides at some point that they must give up the pet
  • Have your pet desexed (neutered or spayed) before he or she goes to the new home. This will make the animal more adoptable and help stop irresponsible breeding.
  • If your pet is chronically ill or has behavioural problems, it may be difficult to find him a suitable home. A new owner may not be willing or able to deal with these issues, and it may also be difficult for the pet to adjust to a new home. The decision to humanely euthanize such a pet should not be made without thoughtful input from a veterinarian, a behaviourist, and the family, based on ensuring the welfare of the animal at all times.

Finding a quality home for your pet can be a difficult and time-consuming process. Remember: Your local animal shelter has qualified staff trained to screen and counsel adopters. Relinquishing your pet to your local shelter may be the best option for you and your pet.

Looking after your pet

Preparing your home for a new arrival
Moving to a new home may be stressful to your pet. So be patient and understanding and provide lots of affection. Here are some pointers to help you settle in safely and sanely.
Safety
Make your new home safe for all pets by being mindful of hazards that could:

  • poison – such as cleansers, insect sprays and pesticides, medications, chocolate, certain plants, and antifreeze (ethylene glycol)
  • burn – such as plugged-in appliances, boiling liquids, open flames
  • electrocute – such as worn lamp cords, or any other cords.
  • strangle, choke, or obstruct breathing – such as small balls, sewing thread and needles, pantyhose, and bones
  • topple or crush – such as precariously placed appliances, top-heavy filing cabinets, and lamps
  • allow escape or theft – such as loose screens and inadequate fences. Never leave your pet unattended on a balcony or chained in a yard.

Veterinary Care

As soon as possible, choose a veterinarian and veterinary hospital and take a practice drive to the nearest emergency veterinary clinic. Trying to find it when you really need it can waste precious time. Also, learn basic pet first aid.
Before getting a pet it’s important to consider if you will have the following;

  • Time to look after a pet. Pets take up a considerable amount of time, make sure you have enough time each day to interact, care, exercise, socialize, feed and provide company and attention to your pet.
  • Finances – pets are an expensive addition to the family. Make sure you will be able to afford the upfront costs and ongoing costs of food, grooming, equipment and veterinary care. Are you financially prepared for any unforeseen veterinary emergencies?
  • Appropriate housing situation now and into the future – do you have suitable housing for a new pet? Are you allowed to keep pets at your place? If you have to move house will you be able to take your pet with you? If you have to go away, either travelling or if you’re sick or injured – who will look after your pet for you?
  • Compatible Lifestyle. It is important to consider whether your lifestyle is compatible with caring for a pet.  Working hours, a busy social life and taking regular trips away from home are all factors that need to be considered before becoming a pet owner.

Wildlife Trade & Protected Species

Wildlife trade and protected species
Protected animals & animals product policy
The trade of protected species (native or exotic), and the sale of products made from protected animals or plants, is not allowed on The Hot Wire.
The Hot Wire does not allow the sale or trade of products containing plants or animal derivatives that are listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
The international movement of wildlife and wildlife products is regulated under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Ads that breach the wildlife protection laws and that are reported to us will be removed from the site.
Ivory
The Hot Wire does not permit the sale or trade of ivory or ivory products unless they were made before 1 July 1975 (items made before July 1975 are regarded as antiques). Make sure you possess the relevant CITES certificates for the item.
Laws and regulations
There are strict regulations about the trade and possession of protected animals, animal products and plants. 
CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, is also enforceable.
CITES places species into three categories (appendices) based on their conservation status and their risk from trade. The three CITES appendices are combined into a single list called “The guide to the list of CITES species”. This list clearly identifies the conditions or restrictions that apply to each specimen, the appendix under which it has been listed and the date of listing.
Any ads found to be in breach of the EPBC Act or CITES and reported to us for breaching these regulations will be removed from The Hot Wire.
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The trade of protected species (native or exotic), and the sale of products made from protected animals or plants, is not allowed on The Hot Wire.  This includes the sale or trade of ivory or ivory products unless they were made before 1 July 1975 (items made before July 1975 are regarded as antiques). Make sure you possess the relevant CITES certificates for the item.
The Hot Wire takes this matter very seriously and any ads found to be in breach of the EPBC Act or CITES and reported to us for breaching these regulations will be removed from The Hot Wire. The Hot Wire is a community site and we rely on your feedback to help shape the site and keep it friendly, safe, up to date and relevant for everyone. While the vast majority of users have great success transacting with others, from time to time we do receive reports of people attempting to sell/trade in illegal products. The Hot Wire does not allow international trade. All transactions via The Hot Wire should take place locally and in person.
The Hot Wire works closely with regulators and law enforcement when they investigate the trade of illegal products by providing ad information and/or user details when they are requested.

Things you should know

An endangered or protected plant or animal is a species that will likely become instinct. The rules (and penalties) aimed at protecting endangered species by forbidding trade, hunting, etc, are much stricter than most other countries. It is explained that the protection and management of important flora, fauna, ecological communities and heritage places is a matter of national environmental significance. Under the Act, wildlife is classified as not just live animals, it is any whole part or derivative of a plant or animal either living or non-living, for example, wood, seeds, insects, leather, fur, pills/medicines, teeth, meat, faeces, live plants, fresh or dried flowers.

CITES places species into three appendices based on their conservation status:

  • Appendix I (trade is prohibited because of the danger of extinction) includes (but is not limited to):
    • great apes, lemurs, the giant panda, many South American monkeys, great whales, cheetah, leopards, tiger, elephants, rhinoceroses, many birds of prey, some cranes, pheasants and parrots, all sea turtles, some crocodiles and lizards, giant salamanders, and some mussels, orchids, cycads and cacti.
  • Appendix II (trade is strictly regulated to protect from future extinction)
  • Appendix III (species that are protected in at least one country that has asked other CITES parties for help in controlling trade)
    • Trade in Appendix II or Appendix III species requires both a CITES export and import permit issued by CITES management authorities.
    • If the Appendix III specimen comes from any other country (i.e. not the listing country), a CITES certificate of origin must be obtained. These documents must be obtained from the CITES management authority in the country of export and import

In addition to the national laws, every region has its own list of specimens that they will or will not allow within its borders so before trading in these products, you should also check your home state or territory laws.
If you want to buy/sell a protected animal or plant species you can find some useful information here.
Penalties
The trade of protected species (native or exotic), and the sale of products made from protected animals or plants, is not allowed on The Hot Wire.
You should be extremely cautious when buying plant or animal products online. If a product made from CITES listed plant or animal products is sent to you from overseas and is not accompanied by the proper permits, it may be seized by Customs and you could face severe penalties (up to 10 years imprisonment a $110,000 fine).

Tickets

Selling tickets on The Hot Wire
Generally, The Hot Wire permits the resale of tickets. However, the resale of tickets to events (including sport, music concerts and plays) and airline tickets can often be regulated by the ticket issuer.
Tickets for sporting or music events at prices above or below face values must state the face value. We do not support ticket touts or scalpers and ads not containing the face value of the ticket will be removed. We also do not accept ads selling tickets to free events.
As a ticket seller, you are responsible for ensuring that your particular transaction does not violate any applicable law or the terms of the ticket itself. Therefore, prior to buying or selling these items, users should contact the ticket issuer and ensure that resale is permitted. As a condition of your use of The Hot Wire specified under our Terms of Use, you agree that you will not violate any laws.
The legislation deems the conditions on tickets to such events as valid and enforceable. This means that tickets to Golf Masters must not be re-sold above their face value.
Tickets to free events
The Hot Wire does not allow the sale of tickets to events where all tickets are free to the public.
Event organizers please note that The Hot Wire needs one month notice prior to tickets being released for the free tickets policy to apply to an event. You can do this by logging a ticket via our help sections.

Copyright & IP Policy

Copyright and IP policy
A large variety of products are offered on The Hot Wire by private individuals. Entitled parties, in particular the owners of copyright, trademark rights or other rights owned by third parties can report any offers that may infringe on their rights, and submit a request for the ad to be removed. If a legal representative of the entitled party reports infringements on intellectual property rights to us in the correct manner, the ad will be removed.
If you believe that a listing on The Hot Wire infringes your copyright or [intellectual property rights, please view our privacy policy and download our Notice of Infringement Form, fill it out, and email it back to us. After we receive your form, The Hot Wire will confirm your enrolment in our Verified Rights Owners (VeRO) program and send you the instructions on how to submit future reports electronically
Please note that this form can only be used by the lawful owners of the copyright or intellectual property rights. Notice of Infringement is intended to ensure that products offered do not infringe the copyright, trademark right or other intellectual property rights of third parties. For all other questions, visitors and advertisers can get help using The Hot Wire Help.
Before posting an ad on The Hot Wire it is the responsibility of the advertiser to ensure that the content advertised adheres to The Hot Wire Posting Policies as well as applicable laws. As a condition of your use of The Hot Wire specified under our Terms of Use, you agree that you will not violate any laws.

Cookie Policy

Cookie policy
The Hot Wire uses cookies, web beacons, and third-parties to provide you with services that support buying and selling activities within our online marketplace. To protect your privacy, use of these tools is limited. For more information on our privacy practices, see our Privacy Policy.
About cookies
‘Cookies’ are small files placed on the hard drive of your computer. The Hot Wire uses cookies to provide services to you and help ensure account security. Most cookies are ‘session cookies’, meaning that they are automatically deleted from your hard drive once you end your session (log out or close your browser).
The Hot Wire uses cookies on certain pages of the website to:

  • Enable you to enter your password less frequently during a session
  • Provide information that is targeted to your interests
  • Promote and enforce trust and safety
  • Offer certain features that are only available through the use of cookies
  • Measure promotional effectiveness
  • Analyze our site traffic

Cookies we use for trust and safety (Flash cookies)   Flash cookies (cookies which are written with flash technology) help ensure that your account security is not compromised and to spot irregularities in behaviour to prevent your account from being fraudulently taken over.
Your choices about cookies
We offer certain features that are only available through the use of a cookie. You’re always free to decline cookies if your browser permits. However, if you decline cookies, you may not be able to use certain features on the website, and you may be required to re-enter your password more frequently during a session.
Web beacons
A web beacon is an electronic image, called a single-pixel (1 x 1) or clear GIF placed in the web page code. Web beacons serve many of the same purposes as cookies. In addition, web beacons are used to track the traffic patterns of users from one page to another in order to maximize web traffic flow.
Use of cookies and web beacons by third parties
We may work with other companies who place cookies or web beacons on our websites. These companies help operate our websites and provide you with additional products and services. They are subject to confidentiality agreements with The Hot Wire and other legal restrictions. The Hot Wire does not permit any of these companies to collect personal information using cookies or web beacons on our websites.
DoubleClick, Google Analytics, MediaPlex, Visual Sciences, Criteo and Webtrends are our service providers who use cookies to help us deliver our own content and compile anonymous site metrics and analytics. These companies use the information they collect only to provide us with these services under contract. This information may be used to tailor the advertising you see on The Hot Wire sites or elsewhere on the web, but they are not permitted to collect any personal information about you.
We don’t permit third-party content on The Hot Wire (such as item listings) to include cookies or web beacons. If you believe a listing might be collecting personal information or using cookies, please report it here.