Tips & Advice

Tips & Advice Thinking woman

When Searching

or Listing on this site:

Read these useful Tips  & Advice to posting or searching for an item on ALFAS.  It can make quite a difference to the outcome.

LOST / STOLEN

Tips & Advice 

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Searching:

When searching for Lost items, start off with a narrow or more specific search, then broaden your search to be less specific to show more listings, but don’t give up – consider words or terms other people may use for the same item and try them.  The broader you make your search, the more chance you have of finding it.

Try searching other categories – some items may fall under more than one category – try those other categories

If you can’t see the item listed, and you have found something, submit an ad under the Found section.


Listing an Ad:

Use descriptions and words commonly used for the item, if you are too specific, you may miss listings which were entered by someone who doesn’t know specifics. ie. dog breeds.

Check your spelling, this will help significantly with matching searches.

Where possible, include Serial numbers, VIN numbers and Engine numbers etc.  Other labels can be easily changed – these not so much.  It can make all the difference in identification & hamper the activities of organised thieves.

Once listed Share your listing to your Social Media pages using the link provided.

Enter details such as colour, brands and model numbers in the relevant spaces.  This helps filter your item when people are searching large numbers of similar items.  Believe me – its well worth the extra effort.  Pictures are great, but only words can be filtered by detail.

Add photos when you can, it’s an instant recognition for viewers and less likely to be overlooked. A photo referenced as a similar item is better than no photo at all.

If you don’t have a photo, consider posting a photo of a sketch you made ie. of a unique piece of jewellery.

FOUND

Tips & Advice 

Searching:

First, Search the Lost Section to see if the item has been reported, you can message the owner directly if you believe it could be a match

When searching for Found items, start off with a narrow or more specific search, then broaden your search to be less specific to show more listings, but don’t give up – consider words or terms other people may use for the same item and try them.  The broader you make your search, the more chance you have of finding it.

Try searching other categories – some items may fall under more than one category – try those other categories

If you can’t see the item listed, and you have Lost something, submit an ad under the Lost section.


Listing an Ad:

Be mindful of the amount of information you put in your listing, give enough information to describe the item, but leave fine detail to the person coming forward to claim the item – if they are the owner, they should know.  ie. if you found push bike, let the owner describe any distinguishing characteristics like damage, seat type and any customisation’s etc.

Use descriptions and words commonly used for the item, if you are too specific, you may miss searches by someone who has a different perception or understanding.

Check your spelling, this will help significantly with matching searches.

Enter details such as colour, brands and model numbers in the relevant spaces.  This helps filter your item when people are searching large numbers of similar items.  Believe me – its well worth the extra effort.  Pictures are great, but only words can be filtered by detail.

Once listed Share your listing on your Social Media pages using the link provided.

Include a photo by all means, but be a little bit obscure about how much you show – you don’t want to encourage opportunists looking for a free score, leave out enough detail that the person contacting you will know what the photo doesn’t show.  ie a gold ring may have a unique engraving on it – don’t show that on the photo – the real owner will be able to tell you.