WELCOME TO THE BARGAIN MUM AUSTRALIA FACEBOOK GROUP!
To ensure things run smoothly, we have a few guidelines in place. If you see any posts that do not adhere to the guidelines, please report it via the ‘Report To Admin’ option (there is a small down arrow to the right of the post). If you’ve had a post removed, it is most likely because it doesn’t adhere to the Group Guidelines below. Please don’t be personally offended.
If you have friends who might be interested in joining, simply click ‘Add Friends to Group’ in the top right corner of the group page.
BE KIND. REWIND.
Both of us have had lots of experience when it comes to forums and closed groups. We actually met online while planning our weddings. So we are well aware of how quickly things can turn from general chat to downright outrageous and hurtful. For that reason we ask you treat people how you want to be treated. Yes. Some topics can be a bit controversial, so when posting or responding to a post, please be respectful of people’s opinions or methods, especially if they differ from yours. Do not be rude, sarcastic, nasty or engage in bullying. Remember that you cannot hear tone over a message. Unless you would make the comment face-to-face, then negativity does not have a place in our online space. We will remove at our discretion any negative or abusive comments, and members who purposely incite disharmony will be removed from the group.
If you witness an event in the ‘real world’ that is concerning, rather than posting your shock/dismay to the Facebook group, we encourage you to first report it to the proper authorities to deal with (for example, security guards, police). Any ‘mummy shaming’ posts will be closely monitored, and admin reserve the right to remove them.
OVERSHARE WITH US. NOT ANYONE ELSE.
Bargain Mum Australia is a supportive and closed community where members post personal and intimate information. We have seen incidents of people’s personal information being screenshot and sent around for others to see. It is devastating and destructive. If it is determined that members are using information gleaned from the Facebook group to poke fun at other members, or damage the name of the group in general (be it on Facebook, in another group or a blog/website), they will be removed. Members should respect the privacy of the members and the group.
NO BUSINESS POSTS OUTSIDE ALLOCATED TIMES
As you all know, Bargain Mum Australia is a huge supported of small businesses. We know that it can be tough to get started so every Saturday will be Small Business Saturday. You will be able to spruik your business by sharing products, links and promos. We will also be on the look out for new business to promote on our Instagram Small Business Saturday posts. If you would like to be added to our roll, please mention it in your comments.
Want to suggest yourself as a supplier for a product or service? If a member asks for a recommendation for a specific product or service that you are in the business of selling, you are welcome to suggest yourself if relevant in response to the question. However, this must only be done to current topics in the group (posts that have been active in the last 24 hours). Members who ‘search’ for older posts and start spamming the group in response to older questions will be removed.
In the interest of recommendations being trustworthy, when suggesting a business in response to a question, you must be upfront about your connection to the business – for example if it is your own business or if you are family or friend of the business.
Additionally, if we are informed that any member receives financial compensation for making a recommendation, we will remove them without warning.
Want to recommend a local business to the group? If you’ve had an incredible experience with a local business, and want to give them an endorsement or recommendation to the group, you are welcome to do so during Bargain Hour (every Tuesday night between, 8-10pm). We contain it to these hours, as it is not possible for admin to verify whether it is a genuine, unprompted recommendation from a new client, or someone who is affiliated with the business and looking to promote themselves.
Members who work for Multi-Level Marketing companies (such as Isagenix, Arbonne, Herbalife, Avon etc) are not permitted to promote or sell their products or company in response to posts. They can identify themselves as representatives of those companies and invite interested members to PM them (for example, ‘I sell Isagenix, feel free to PM me for more information’ or ‘I sell skincare products for Arbonne, if you want to know more about selling this product, please PM me’, but any active promotion of products is not permitted.
Discreet business posts will be removed without explanation. This includes posting photos of something you are proud of but are in the business of selling, it includes thank you to those that use your product or service and it may include asking people’s opinions about something you sell.
Business ‘baiting’ or research posts are not allowed – such as questions about how to market your business, how much you should charge for your services, whether people would be interested in XX service. If you have a genuine question about running a business and want to connect with like-minded business mums, join the Mums With Hustle Biz Group (tell Tracy we sent you!)
If you run a blog or website, you are not permitted to share links or copy and paste excerpts from articles in the group. All bloggers are very welcome to post a free ad during Bargain Hour.
DO NOT POST NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT LOCAL BUSINESSES OR COMPANIES
If you’ve had a bad experience, it can be tempting to get ‘revenge’ with a negative post – however this can have terrible consequences for the business. Instead, contact the company directly to let them know about your issues. Bargain Mum Australia will not be held accountable for any such comments made by members. Please read the Fact Sheet about Defamation on Social Media.
DO NOT SEND UNSOLICITED MESSAGES TO MEMBERS
Members are not allowed to send unsolicited private messages to members of Bargain Mum Australia about their business. Members who directly SPAM people will be removed from the group without warning. If you receive unsolicited messages, please alert admin ASAP.
REMEMBER THAT WE ARE NOT TRAINED MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS
If you post a medical question to the group, please be mindful that the responses given are based on other people’s personal experiences. Whilst it is helpful to get lots of opinions and suggestions, please note that it should never replace speaking to a doctor or healthcare professional. If you feel like you have a real medical emergency or serious situation on your hands, please don’t post in the group. We would prefer to hear about your experience after it is sorted and not on live feed .
Below is a list of local health services who can provide qualified advice and care:
- GP: See your Doctor (or qualified specialist) if you have general medical concerns.
- National Home Doctor Service: For after hours home visits by a GP. This is a BULK BILLED service, as long as you have a valid Medicare Card. Doctors on the road from 6pm weeknights, 12 noon Saturday, all day Sunday and public holidays. Phone: 13 7425 (13-SICK).
- Health Direct: If you want immediate health advice and information over the phone. Available 24 hours. Phone: 1800 022 222.
- Poisons Information Centre: Call the professionally staffed Poison Information Centre if you have questions about something ingested. Phone: 13 11 26.
- Beyond Blue: All calls and chats are one-on-one with a trained mental health professional, and completely confidential. Phone: 1300 22 4636
- Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline: For general advice and counselling about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting in the first year. Phone: 1800 882 436
- Emergency: For serious illness or injury that is critical and requires urgent attention, call triple zero (000) for an ambulance or go to the emergency department of your local hospital. Phone: 000.
Bargain Mum Australia accepts no responsibility for the advice given by members.
YOUR POST WILL BE DELETED IF IT CONTAINS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
“Photos of nude or partially nude children” are not to be shared on Bargain Mum Australia. We will use our discretion in deleting those photos that we feel breach this guideline.
“Vote for X” – please don’t ask members to vote for you in a competition including baby competitions.
Real estate – no posts about selling or leasing your property.
Requests for money or donation of goods – no posts requesting donations of money or goods. If you or a friend are experiencing hardship please contact local charity Give and Take.
Charities – if you are raising money for a charity you must contact Admin prior to posting. Posts may be allowed, however your fundraising activity must link to directly to a registered charity (funds can’t be collected by a third party).
Jobs – If you would like to advertise about jobs available please contact admin. Any jobs that are 100% commission-based are not allowed.
DO NOT POST ITEMS FOR SALE, TO GIVE AWAY FOR FREE, ‘WANT TO BUY’ OR GARAGE SALE ADS
Please find your local Buy Swap Sell group instead.
JOURNALIST CODE OF CONDUCT
If you are a blogger, writer or journalist, it is not acceptable to use posts from the Facebook group as the basis of an article. This applies to both professional and amateur writers. If you would like to write a story, you must first request permission by emailing the admin of the group at firstname.lastname@example.org. If approved, you must also obtain permission from the members involved before using quotes from the group. Names should never be used, unless permission has been given. Journalists who do not respect people’s right to privacy will be removed from the group immediately