USiFF Privacy Statement

We respect your privacy. This is why we have taken the time to disclose our information collection practices and our privacy policy. Please take the time to review this document.


The privacy practices of this statement apply to our services available under the domain and subdomains of  By visiting this website you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree please do not use or access our Site.

This Privacy Policy describes the information, as part of the normal operation of our services; we collect from you and what may happen to that information. Although this policy may seem long, we have prepared a detailed policy because we believe you should know as much as possible about USiFF's practices so that you can make informed decisions. All of our subsidiaries and joint ventures operate under similar privacy practices as described in this Privacy Policy and, subject to the requirements of applicable law; we will strive to provide a consistent set of privacy practices throughout the global USiFF community.

By accepting the Privacy Policy and the User Agreement in registration, you expressly consent to our use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

This Privacy Policy is incorporated into and subject to the terms of the USiFF User Agreement. This Privacy Policy is effective upon acceptance in registration for new registering users, and is otherwise effective on November 18th, 2010 for all users. The previous amendment to this Privacy Policy was effective for all users on November 17th, 2005.

Information We Collect

This Information that we collect allows us to customize our Site and Service(s) and to make your experience as secure as possible. We will collect personal information about you that we feel will achieve this goal. You may browse the Site without providing us any information about any personal or revealing information about yourself.

Registration; In order to use all the features of our website, a user is required to register. During registration a user is required to give their full name, email address, complete mailing address, and a current phone number. We will use this information to provide you with the requested auction service(s).

Special Offers; We send all new members a welcoming email to verify password and username. Established members will occasionally receive information on marketing/promotional materials, products, services, special deals, and a newsletter. Out of respect for the privacy of our users we present the option to not receive these types of communications. Please see our choice/opt-out below.

Site and Service Updates; We also send user site and service announcement updates. Members are not able to un-subscribe from service announcements, which contain important information about the service. We communicate with the user to provide requested services and in regards to issues relating to their account via email, mail or phone.

If you sell or buy an item we will collect billing information such as credit card number, name and address. We use your financial information, including credit card information to verify the accuracy of your name, address, and other information, as well as to bill you for your use of our services. We will indicate, when possible, the required and optional fields. You will always have the option to not provide any information by choosing to not use our service or Site.

Our Disclosure of Your Information

We will not sell or rent any of your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes. However, the following describes some of the ways that your personal information may be disclosed in the normal scope of everyday business operations.

Usiff Online Community.

Your Usiff User ID is displayed throughout the Site and is therefore available to the public. All of your activities on the Site will be identifiable to your Usiff User ID. Other people will be able to see your bids, any items that you have purchased and your user feedback rating.


We also allow other Usiff users to find out more about you and your site activities, such as a feature that allows users to see all of the items you are offering. If you are involved in a transaction, we have features that allow other users to view your email address, contact and shipping information. This feature will help complete the online transaction. We may send out notices to you or other Usiff community members regarding suspicious activity or possible violation on the Site.

Completed Transactions

If you choose to bid, buy or sell on our site, we collect information about your bidding, buying and selling behavior. We also collect other users' comments about you in our user feedback area.

Our site allows you limited access to other Usiff users contact and shipping information. As a sellers, you have access to the winning bidder(s); User ID, email address, contact and shipping information.


Advertisers; Some of our advertisers use web beacons to track the effectiveness of our online web ads and campaigns. We use this information to track the referring advertisers and successful clickstream data. These web beacons do not track any identify personal information.

Message Boards; If you use a bulletin board or chat room on this site, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these forums, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums.


If you choose to use our referral service to tell a friend about our site, we will ask you for your friend's name and email address. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email inviting him or her to visit the site. stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email and tracking the success of our referral program. 

Your friend may contact us at to request that we remove this information from our database.

Third Party Agents

Credit Card processing; we use an outside credit card processing company to bill you for site services. These companies do not retain share, store or use personally identifiable information for any other purposes.

ID Verification; We use a third party to verify your identity, in order to stop identity theft and fraud. We developed the Verified Usiff User Program (VUUP), that can determine in real time that the person that you are dealing with is in fact that person. This company will not retain, share or store any personally information for any other purposes. For more information on this program visit

Live Operations; We use a third party service that enables us to provide customer service via a live chat. Our customer service representatives are employees of The third party uses cookies to track users browser information (e.g., Internet Protocol addresses and browser types) to help diagnose problems with our server and to gather broad demographic information to administer our site.

When the online customer service chat first begins, you are asked to enter your name in whatever format or detail you prefer. During the chat, you enter into a live question and answer session with an operator. We maintain dialogue transcripts of these chats. This information is not shared with or disclosed to outside third parties.

We access and use the information we collect through the live chat for certain purposes (for example, to aggregate the information, to monitor the use of the service during certain chatsand to improve services we provide to you). We do not sell, trade or rent the personal information that you provide.


We provide you the opportunity to 'opt-out' of having your personally identifiable information used for certain purposes, when we ask for this information. For example, our registration form has an opt-out mechanism so users who register, but don't want any marketing material, can keep their email address off our mailing list or you can contact us at

If you no longer wish to receive our newsletter and/or promotional communications, you may opt-out of receiving them by following the instructions included in each newsletter or communication. You can also contact us at, Inc., 2850 SW Cedar Hills Blvd STE 331, Beaverton OR 97005 .USA; ATTN Opt-out Usiff, please ensure that you enclose your user name when requesting to opt-out. 

You will be notified when your personal information is collected by any third party that is not our agent/service provider, so you can make an informed choice as to whether or not to share your information with that party.

Log Files

As is true of most Web sites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data. 

We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users' movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. 

We do link this automatically-collected data to personally identifiable information. IP addresses are tied to personally identifiable information to ensure that users do not Shill bid or Shield Bid. 

Shill bidding: is the intentional sham bidding by the seller to drive up the price of his/her own item that is up for bid. This is accomplished by the sellers themselves and/or someone that is associated with the seller making bids to purposely drive up the price of the seller's item.

Shield bidding: occurs when the buyer uses another email address or a friend (the shield) to drive up prices and discourage bids on an item she wants. At the last minute, the shield withdraws the high bid, allowing the buyer to win the item at a lower price. Most auction sites forbid retracting a bid once it's made, and on USiFF shill and shield bidding is clearly prohibited.


A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user's computer for record-keeping purposes. We use cookies on this site. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site.

We use session ID cookies and/or persistent cookies. We use session cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our site. A session ID cookie expires when you close you browser. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time. You can remove persistent cookies by following directions provided in your Internet browser's "help" file. [Provide a link to information on cookies.]

We set a persistent cookie to store your passwords, so you don't have to enter it more than once. Persistent cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site. 

If a user chooses to reject cookies, you may still use our site, but they will need to log in repeatedly in order to use some of our features on the site, such as contests or surveys, will be limited.

This privacy statement covers the use of cookies by, [this site] only.

Site Security

The security of your personal information is important to us. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number and/or social security number) on our registration, billing order forms or verified form, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).  To learn more about SSL, follow this link info/about/ssl.

We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

If you have any questions about security on our Web site, you can send email us at

Links to Other Sites

This Web site contains links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by USiFF. Please be aware that we,, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. 

We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information.

This privacy statement applies only to information collected by this Web site.

Legal Disclaimer

We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our Web site.

Notification of Changes

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our homepage.

Access to Personally Identifiable Information

If your personally identifiable information changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may [correct, update, delete or deactivate it] by making the change on our member information page [or by emailing our Customer Support at] or by contacting us by telephone or postal mail at the contact information listed below.

Contact Information

USiFF Online Auctions
2850 SW Cedar Nills Blvd STE 331
Beaverton, OR 97005
United States