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What is an Approved Trader Certificate

It has now become too easy for an unscrupulous individual to produce a website and offer a "service" which he knows little about or which he does not do very well. An unsuspecting consumer who requires a trader often cannot tell the difference between a website belonging to a rogue trader or an established and professional business.

Local Trader
is a membership network of verified and certified tradesmen and small businesses who adhere to strict privacy, safe shopping and fair trading practices. Upon approval, they are authorised to display the Approved Local Trader seal on their printed matter and website. When clicked on a website, this will print the verified certificate, including their current star rating.

The certificate is reassuring and makes consumers feel comfortable with using a Local Trader certified and permanently monitored website, which will also result in increased sales for Local Trader members.

There are many horror stories about unscrupulous traders. Consumers are entitled to trust and reliability when choosing a tradesman or placing an order and it is our chief objective to provide a means for regulation of the Internet community, to promote trust between users and certified traders.

We believe governmental regulation of the Internet is undesirable, impractical, and unnecessary. Instead, our Local Trader
Certification Award Program provides this means for regulation of the Internet community.

We offer neutral, trusted, third party verification of website privacy, safe shopping and fair trading practices, including complaint mediation, to insure a quality and safe experience for every consumer who orders service from a Local Trader member.

All member sites are regularly spidered by the Local Trader
bot to verify that strict policies remain adhered to.

Benefits to traders:


A Local Trader membership drives business by building trust with consumers

Local Trader verified and monitored site seal

Third party recognition

Complaint mediation

Global seal of approval program

Instant verification certificate



Benefits to consumers:

Global seal of approval program

Merchant certified seal of approval

Instant verification page

Third party recognition


Complaint mediation - if you are not happy with our member, let us know and we'll do our best to resolve any issues.

Financially secure.

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