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ICC Help: chekels

Chekels are a method to make it easy and convenient for our members to pay for products and services from approved ICC vendors. The name of the currency used on ICC is the "chekel". Certain members (called "vendors") are allowed to receive chekels from other members. You can purchase chekels for 1 dollar each with a credit card by typing "c-buy".

You can also buy chekels by check, sent to the address in help fees. Alternatively, you can buy any number of chekels from 15 to 100 here:

help Services shows a list of vendors and the services they provide. You can also "finger" individual vendors.

The file help customer-agreement explains the "fine print" of chekels.

Transactions between customers and vendors are private transactions. ICC does not guarantee the quality of the services provided, but will record complaints.

Please note that if you take lessons from non-vendors, it is completely at your own risk. The ICC does not guarantee the identity of non-vendors, or help with problems related to payments and quality of lessons involving non-vendors. ICC requires non-vendors who are offering lessons to put this in their finger notes: "ICC requires me to state that I am not an official vendor, and you should read the third paragraph in help Services."

FIDE-titled players can apply to be an ICC vendor. Please read help new-vendor.

The following commands are used to control and monitor the flow of chekels.

Customer commands:

  - After typing this command you are sent to a secure web page
    for purchasing chekels.  This page can be found on the website

  c-offer <vendor> <number-of-chekels> <text-describing-offer>
  - Creates an offer to the given vendor for the given
    number of chekels, labeled with the given text.  An
    example is: "c-offer schroer 10 to play in a simul"   

  - Shows all of my pending offers (both sent and received
    if I'm a vendor).  They're numbered sequentially 1,2,3...
    These numbers are used by the c-withdraw (or c-accept for
    the offers received).

  c-withdraw <offer>   
  - This withdraws the offer that I made before.  The <offer>
    is either a number (as shown in c-pending) or the name of the

  c-history <month>   
  - This shows my history of recent chekel transactions.
    If I'm a vendor it shows 2 parts -- the vendor side
    and the customer side.  It shows both completed
    transactions and refunded transactions.  It numbers
    the entries in both parts sequentially.  It also shows
    the number of chekels you have left.  If the list is too
    long, you can see a single month.  For example:
    "c-history 3/2001"

Vendor commands:

  c-accept <offer>   
  - This vendor command accepts the specified offer, which
    is indicated by a number or player name.  It is removed
    from the c-pending and put into the c-history.

  c-decline <offer>   
  - This vendor command declines the given offer.  A declined
    offer is removed from the c-pending.

  c-refund <history-item-number> <customer>   
  - For the given numbered item in the c-history, refund
    this charge.  Items that have been refunded are indicated
    in the c-history with "*".  This gives a vendor
    the ability to refund the customer's chekels.  It can
    only be applied to transactions that were accepted less
    than 1 week ago.  The number and name are used to reduce
    possible mistakes.

See also: customer-agreement, Services, more-chekels, vendor-simuls, vendors


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