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Helpful Information

This free service is for Vanderbilt faculty, staff, students and alumni ONLY.  This is verified by submitting your Vanderbilt e-mail address. (Alumni without an e-mail address should e-mail to discuss).

The myVU classifieds are intended for the exchange of goods or services on an employee-to-employee basis. We will not accept ads submitted by Vanderbilt employees on behalf of commercial interests or non-Vanderbilt vendors.

Contact information in the form of a phone number and/or email address is REQUIRED.  Only personal contact information may be used in the actual ad: no Vanderbilt e-mail or phone number. Also, no realtor information may be included in the property ads.  We do not accept ads for re-selling Vanderbilt athletic event tickets.

Ads expire after two weeks. After it expires, if you'd like to continue to run the ad, please re-submit it using the "Submit" button.

If your item(s) sell before the two weeks are over, please send an e-mail to and request that the ad be removed.

We will not post:

  1. Ads from realtors or ads that have realtors as a contact.
  2. Ads for reselling Vanderbilt Athletic tickets.
  3. Ads submitted by Vanderbilt employees on behalf of commercial businesses or non-Vanderbilt vendors.
  4. Ads for firearms, ammunition or other weapons.
  5. Ads for any controlled or illegal substances.


It is possible for Web "spiders" to look for e-mail addresses on a Web site. If you are concerned about receiving spam, you can either not post your e-mail and rely on phone numbers only or you can spell out the e-mail (i.e., myvu AT vanderbilt  DOT edu) so the spiders cannot read it.

Vandy FreeSwap

Free Stuff

If you have something to give away for free, consider posting it in the Vandy FreeSwap category, a section for Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff who are giving away (and getting) free, usable, unwanted items to others instead of disposing of them in landfills. You may find what you're looking for — and unload stuff you don\'t want. It's a simple, economical, rewarding practice that can literally help save the Earth. Take a look around »

Avoiding scams and fraud

Sellers can be scammed online as easily as buyers. Anytime you are buying or selling something online, exercise caution.

You can sidestep would-be scammers by following these common-sense rules:
  • Deal locally with folks you can meet in person - follow this one simple rule and you will avoid 99% of the scam attempts online.
  • Never wire funds via Western Union, Moneygram or any other wire service - anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.
  • Fake cashier checks and money orders are common and banks will cash them and then hold you responsible when the fake is discovered weeks later. Sometimes with just a fee, sometimes with criminal action.
  • myVU Classifieds is not involved in any transaction, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer "buyer protection" or "seller certification"
  • Never give out financial information (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)

If you feel you have been the victim of a fraud online, as a buyer or a seller, you can report it to:

  • FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
  • FTC online complaint form (
  • Internet Fraud Complaint Center (
  • Metro Nashville Police Department at (615)862-8600
  • Vanderbilt University Police Department at (615)322-2745 or