Listing Policy: Alcohol

 Alcohol Policy

Alcohol is generally not permitted for sale on the MarketStop MarketPlace, unless you are a pre-approved merchant of wine.  At our own judgment, we may allow the sales of other types of alcohol by pre-approved merchants.  We do not allow for the sale of collectible containers if they have alcohol in them.  Be sure to follow all MarketStop guidelines when creating your listings.

Shipping Wine (Pre-approved Merchants)

The United States Postal Service (USPS) does not allow for the transport of “intoxicating liquor” if it contains more than 0.5% alcohol content.  It is not illegal to ship alcohol across state lines, therefore, UPS, FedEx, and DHL do allow for the shipment of alcohol, but please contact them for the specifics of their rules, regulations, and policies in this regard.

In a general sense, alcohol cannot be sold on the MarketStop MarketPlace.  However, some of our members, with proper documentation and licensing, are given the ability to list wine in the Wine category.  But it is imperative that they follow federal, state, local, and other applicable laws and regulations.  These merchants must possess the required, up-to-date license allowing them to market and ship wine.  They, also, must have completed our registration process satisfactorily.  This policy is applicable to those approved merchants and consumers who transact with them.  To become a licensed merchant of wine on MarketStop, start the registration process by uploading a copy of your alcohol license here.  When submitting your license for review, please also include your MarketStop user name.

Approved Wine Merchants

Merchants must include the following information in each item listing description:

  • Link to our Alcohol Policy page:
  • A lawful shipping policy that specifies the states to which you can ship wine (if any), and any restrictions on such shipments (for example, whether the wine can be shipped directly to consumers)
  • State-by-state eligibility requirements for likely buyers, indicating whether buyers in particular states would be required to receive wine at a predetermined location in the merchant’s state, instead of having it shipped directly
  • The consumer’s age requirement
  • Statement which informs buyers that the marketer has been pre-approved by MarketStop prior to listing the wine product
  • All state laws are different.  Please review all state logistics requirements and restrictions for wine-related transactions on MarketStop.

Wine Buyers

In order to purchase wine on MarketStop from pre-approved wine merchants, you must meet the subsequent requirements:

  • Must be at least 21-years-old or older
  • If the recipient of the wine is not the purchaser, the purchaser must verify that the recipient is at least 21-years-old or older
  • Confirm that the transaction adheres to all interstate commerce laws, including all laws around logistics and completion

Buyers, by bidding on or purchasing these items, you must warrant and represent that you are fully aware of and are in compliance with your own state laws and regulations.  MarketStop will not be held responsible for your actions in the event of a transaction gone bad because you did not perform your due diligence.

Terms & Conditions

  1. Limitation of liability:  Both consumers and merchants expressly recognize, accept, and agree that MarketStop will not be liable for any exceptional, incidental, or consequential damages or lost profits (however they arise, including negligence) resulting from, or in connection with, the sale of property on the MarketStop MarketPlace.
  2. Representations and warranties:
    • Each merchant represents and warrants that:
    • The merchant of the wine has the rights, power, and jurisdiction to market the wine
    • The owner of the wine possesses all required licensing to lawfully execute wine-related transactions on MarketStop, and, subsequently, ship the item to its purchaser
    • The recipient (and buyer if different from the recipient) has proven he or she is 21-years-old or older before delivery
    • The transaction will comply with all interstate commerce laws, including all laws regarding logistics and completion
  3. Each buyer represents and warrants that:
    • The buyer of the wine is at least 21-years-old, or:
    • The recipient of the wine is at least 21-years-old
    • The negotiation will comply with all interstate commerce laws, including all laws concerning logistics and completion
  4. Indemnification:  The merchant is solely liable for compliance with all laws correlating with the sale of wine.  The merchant indemnifies and releases MarketStop of all responsibility associated with these sales.  It is, therefore, up to the merchant’s sole discretion of the fulfillment of the transaction, based on the merchant’s ability to relieve any and all doubt that the transaction is in complete compliance with all laws concerning the sale of alcohol.
  5. Shipping:  Select local, state, and federal laws and regulations govern and limit a merchant’s ability to market and ship wine and other alcoholic product.  As a merchant, you are exclusively responsible to consult with legal and/or other experts to distinguish which laws and regulations may affect your activities and to positively abide by said laws and regulations.  Since all state laws governing the sale of alcohol vary, it is the merchant’s sole responsibility to indicate all states it is able to ship to in the item description.
  6. Age:  Wine shipped by the merchant requires the recipient to be in possession of photo identification confirming they are 21-years-old or older.  Buyer, if different from recipient, must also show proof of age.

 Permitted Listings Model

  • Wine sold by pre-approved marketers
  • Wine- and beer-making kits and products that do not contain alcohol
  • Alcohol-containing foods, for instance, rum cake and liquor-filled chocolates
  • Alcohol-related products, including, but not limited to, corkscrews, decanters, steins, and other containers
  • Hops, seeds for hops, and other beer- or wine-making ingredients
  • Alcohol-related memorabilia and collectibles that do not contain alcohol
  • Non-alcoholic beers and wines

 Conditional Allowances Model

  • Empty collectible alcohol bottles (Listing image must show an empty bottle)
  • Wines listed by pre-approved merchants

 Prohibited Listings Model

  • Alcoholic beverages (except from aforementioned pre-approved wine marketers)
  • Liquor licenses
  • Collectible alcohol memorabilia still containing alcohol
  • Open or unsealed containers of alcohol
  • Any product marketed for customers under 21 years of age
  • Any product that encapsulates raw alcohol
  • Wines listed in any other category aside from the Wine category

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