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We really hope most situations can be resolved off-line however we will not prohibit a statement of fact. But we will control the thread so as to stop the "Hate" or "Me too" replies these threads often generate.

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If you are not a SLKworld Sponsor and Promote....

Lately, SLKWorld has had a number of businesses and "marketers" soliciting their wares in threads and posts. Some are veiled, whilst others are more brazen. Since SLKWorld is the single largest Internet site dedicated to Mercedes Benz SLK automobiles and enthusiasts, it is bound to happen. But.......

To be clear, SLKWorld would not exist except for paying Sponsors and Members - and they, along with us - feel it is unfair that they subsidize non-Sponsor sales and marketing efforts, often times with competing products with SLKWorld Sponsors. In short, if you are not a Sponsor, the SLKWorld forum rules prohibits commercial posts to the Forums.

What is commercial solicitation? For example...

If you post We/our/my company has... - you are selling something....

If you post We/our/my product is... - you are selling something....

If you post We/our/my customers'... - you are selling something....

If you post We/our/my will be announcing... - you are selling something....

If you post We/our/my test results for our... - you are selling something....

If you post We/our/my can make or supply that... - you are selling something....

If you/your company/product would like to have your unaffiliated/unbiased customers talk about your product - they are more than welcome to do so. However, as a commercial vendor with a sales intent - you are not.

Further, you are more then welcome to participate simply as an individual enthusiast - BUT NOT as a vendor/sales agent with a sales agenda. As well - a "SLKWorld Member" does not broker you being a "SLKWorld Sponsor" and acting as such, no more than being a Member of a car club entitles you to receive a free commercial full-page color advertisement in their monthly publication.

Finally - if you would like to become a Sponsor - the entry level flat rate is $125 per month, payable three months in advance for not less then one year. Your business will be listed as a SLKWorld Sponsor on the Sponsor page without a banner in rotation - and your title changed to reflect your support of this site. You may PayPal your payments, fax a credit card or email [email protected] for other payment or Sponsor plans (such as a rotating banner, dedicated forum Sponsorship, etc.).

Until you become a paid Sponsor, please understand your "advertisements" will be either edited or deleted, as it's neither "fair" to those who support this site - nor "us", the SLKWorld community.

Thanks for your understanding,
 

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