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The following activities are prohibited from Groobie:

  • Posting an item for sale that is
    • not located locally in your area of residence
    • is illegal to own, buy or sell in your area of residence
    • is in the prohibited items list
  • Posting multiple Ads that are too similar to each other
  • Posting an Ad that serves no other purpose than to send traffic to another web site
  • Posting an Ad that defames anyone or contains "hate speech"
  • Posting a multi-level marketing
  • Posting pornography, nudity or other material that is obscene or adult in nature or harmful to minors
  • Solicitation of other users, except by placing an ad, including through use of Groobie’s email functionality to send unsolicited emails
  • Infringing the rights of third parties. This includes, but is not limited to, infringing on intellectual property rights such as copyright and trademark (e.g. offering counterfeit items for sale)
  • Discriminatory or offensive behavior and the usage of profanity or patently vulgar language
  • Encouraging others to break the law
  • Misleading others by false statements

You are not permitted to defame anyone or include "hate speech" directed at individuals or groups in your postings or in the emails that you sent via Groobie.

Groobie reserves the right to delete any ads or other content from the site that do not comply with the Groobie Policies or otherwise negatively impact the community, Groobie or third party. If you encounter any such ads, please flag it as such or contact us

Our general rule is that you may not list, buy or sell items or services that are illegal to own, buy or sell in your state of residence, or that are not bought or sold in compliance with applicable laws and regulations


  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Blood, Bodily Fluids and Body Parts
  • Burglary Tools
  • Counterfeit currency, stamps or coins
  • Counterfeit Products
  • Electronic Surveillance Equipment
  • Embargoed Goods
  • Escort services that offer or indicate sexual services
  • Illegal Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia
  • Illegal Services
  • Illegal telecommunication and electronics equipment such as access cards, password swiffers, radar scanners, traffic signal control devices or cable descrambler
  • Hazardous Materials including but not limited to radioactive, toxic and explosive materials
  • Fireworks, Destructive Devices and Explosives
  • Identity Documents, Personal Financial Records & Personal Information (in any form, including mailing lists)
  • Items which encourage or facilitate illegal activity
  • Lottery Tickets, Sweepstakes Entries and Slot Machines
  • Material that is obscene, pornographic or adult in nature, or harmful to minors
  • Offensive Material
  • Pictures or images that contain nudity
  • Government and Transit Badges, Uniforms, IDs, Documents and Licenses (e.g. internal manuals of commercial airlines, police or postal service uniforms)
  • Prescription Drugs and Devices
  • Prostitution or ads that offer sex, sexual favors or sexual actions in exchange for money, service and other material items
  • Recalled items
  • Stocks and Other Securities
  • Stolen Property
  • Tobacco Products
  • Used Cosmetics
  • Used or rebuilt batteries or batteries containing mercury
  • Weapons and related items (such as firearms, firearm parts and magazines, ammunition, BB and pellet guns, tear gas, stun guns, switchblade knives, and martial arts weapons)
  • Multi-level marketing or pyramid schemes
  • Business or job opportunities that require upfront or periodic payments
  • Business or job opportunities that pay only commissions, unless the Ad makes it clear that the sole source of compensation would be commission and clearly describes the product or service that would be sold
  • Business or job opportunities that require recruitment of other members, distributors or agents
  • Ads that are not clear regarding what type of work would be required
  • Ads for employment that are stating a preference or requirement based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability

The following types of items are generally permitted to be listed if and to the extent that their sale and purchase is legally permitted in your State of residence, and that such sales and purchases occur in compliance with applicable laws and regulations:

  • Electronic Equipment
  • Event Tickets
  • Food Items
  • Non-prescription Medical Devices
  • Real Estate and Rental Properties
  • Used Clothing and Bedding
  • Vehicles, Vehicle Equipment and Devices
  • Wildlife products and products made from or preparations of species of animals and plants
  • Artifacts and Cultural Goods
  • Pesticides

Before posting ads in the Housing category please inform yourself about the rules and regulations on Equal Housing Opportunities.

Groobie supports Equal Housing Opportunity and we encourage users of our site to follow appropriate guidelines to comply with both the Federal Housing Act, as well as any applicable state and local regulations.
Federal Laws prohibit discrimination based on

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • National Origin
  • Handicap/Disability
  • Familial Status
Property Owner's & Manager's Responsibilities

As a property owner or manager you have a responsibility and a requirement under the law not to discriminate in the rental of property on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. Agents in a rental transaction are prohibited by law from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. They are prohibited from complying with a request from the property owner or manager to act in a discriminatory manner in the lease or rental. Moreover, a property owner or manager cannot establish discriminatory terms or conditions in the purchase or rental, deny that housing is available, or advertise that the property is available only to persons of a certain race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national original.

Renter's Rights

As someone seeking to rent an apartment, home or condo, you have the right to expect that housing will be available to you without discrimination or other limitations based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. This includes the right to expect equal professional service, the opportunity to consider a broad range of housing choices, no discriminatory limitations on communities or locations of housing, no discrimination in the pricing or financing of housing, reasonable accommodations in rules, practices and procedures for persons with disabilities, and to be free from harassment or intimidation for exercising your fair housing rights.

The Law

Civil Rights Act of 1866

The Civil Rights Act of 1866 prohibits all racial discrimination in the sale or rental of property.

The Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act declares a national policy of fair housing throughout the United States, making illegal any discrimination in the sale, lease or rental of housing, or making housing otherwise unavailable, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as issued a memorandum to provide guidance on Advertisements and the Fair Housing Act

Americans with Disabilities Act

Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in places of public accommodations and commercial facilities.

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act makes discrimination unlawful with respect to any aspect of a credit application on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age or because all or part of the applicant's income derives from any public assistance program.

State and Local Laws

State and local laws often provide broader coverage and prohibit discrimination based on additional classes such as age, marital status or sexual orientation not covered by federal law. Please inform yourself about the Fair Housing Laws applicable in your state.

If you encounter an ad that is discriminatory and you believe that it violates Fair Housing Laws, please flag the ad as prohibited.

You can post up to 25 different ads per day on Groobie.. Duplicate ads or ads that are too similar to an existing Ad that you have posted can be posted in two (2) different categories per site within your city or region. Any more than two and your ads will be removed. We also ask that you not post outside the city or region you are located in and that you choose the right category for your ad. If you violate these policies your ad will be deleted (sometimes without notice). Attempting to post after having your ads removed may result in a "blocked" message notifying you that you have posted too many ads. To avoid this, please list whatever you are advertising only once per site within your city or region. If you want to re-list an item that you are already advertising on the site, delete your existing ad first.

Posting a listing with a link to another web site for the sole purpose of directing visitors to that web site is not permitted. You may, however, include a link in your post if it is to give the user more information about the item being offered (for example product details, pictures, etc.).


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