Am I A Business?

Visitors buying or selling in the course of business require business membership to advertise on Preloved.

We define a business as anyone that provides a service or sells items for profit.

As a guide, the following advertisers will require business membership:

  • Advertisers buying items to then sell online
  • Advertisers making items to sell at a profit
  • Advertisers selling items for others on commission
  • Advertisers providing a service
  • Advertisers offering employment
  • Advertisers offering business opportunities
  • Advertisers selling items that can be reproduced and distributed electronically (software, eBooks etc.)
  • Advertisers promoting a web site (even if not profit making)
  • Advertisers offering stud services for animals

We do however allow the following exceptions at our discretion (note that these may still be regarded as a business by the relevant tax authorities):

  • Services which are completely free (and do not charge expenses, and is not a promotion for other paid services)
  • Advertisers selling a single property
  • Advertisers renting a single property
  • Advertisers offering a single holiday property to rent
  • Advertisers not making a profit from breeding
  • Bands seeking musicians

Preloved reserves the right to decide whether an advertiser does indeed require business membership, for example where they have multiple adverts in one category.


The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 requires all advertisements by people who sell goods or provide services in the course of a business to make that fact clear. The responsibility for this lies with the advertiser. It is an offence for a trader to pose as a private seller and you may be prosecuted.