While most of our buyers and sellers are trustworthy and reliable, we provide some safeguards to help you experience a safe trading environment.
Our rules and policies
To promote a safe trading environment, we have rules and policies that help support government laws and regulations, and provide a positive and safe experience for both buyers and sellers.
All eBay members
These policies apply to all buyers, sellers, and participants, including our employees.
These rules help buyers purchase items safely.
These policies help sellers list their items.
Prohibited or restricted items
These policies describe restricted or prohibited items, such as intellectual property, or inappropriate or offensive items.
All members are responsible for reviewing and understanding our policies and all applicable laws and regulations, as outlined in the User Agreement. If you violate our policies, your listings may be removed, and your buying and selling privileges could be limited.
How we help protect your account
Fraudulent (spoof) email and websites, which are used to steal personal and account information, are one of the biggest threats to account security. It’s important for all members to be aware of the following:
We will never ask you to provide sensitive information through email.
We digitally sign every email that we send to you.
If you suspect an email you’ve received is fraudulent, sign in to My eBay and check your messages. If we sent the email to you, it will also appear on the Messages section of My eBay.
Learn how to recognize and report spoof email and spoof eBay websites, or take our tutorial on spoof (fake) emails.
Read more about ways that we help you protect your account, including steps you can take if you suspect that someone has attempted identity theft.
For extra protection, download Trusteer Rapport. This free software works with your existing firewall and anti-virus software to give you added security when using eBay, and helps prevent theft of your personal information.
Benefits of our Feedback system
After you complete a transaction, we encourage you to leave Feedback to describe your experience. Our Feedback system can help you decide whether you want to bid on a seller's item or accept a buyer's bid. You can check a member's Feedback Profile by clicking the number next to their user ID or by going to the Feedback Forum.
How we help protect your privacy
To help protect the privacy of all members, members can only request contact information for other members if they're involved in current or recent transactions.
How we secure emails sent by external parties
We provide secure communication for all external parties—including customers, vendors, and any business partners outside of eBay—by monitoring every email message, except in countries that have laws prohibiting monitoring of email. Depending on the message's content, we'll take one of the following actions:
If the message doesn't include sensitive information, we'll send the message normally.
If the message contains sensitive information, we'll encrypt the message before sending it.
eBay Secured Email
eBay Secured Email uses email encryption to safely transmit private information across the Internet.
If you receive an encrypted email, you'll be given a web address that takes you to your eBay Secured Email account. You need a username and password to set up your eBay Secured Email account. Your username is your email address, and was created when you were sent an encrypted email from eBay.
If it's your first time using your encrypted account, you'll be asked to create a password before accessing your message. You'll need this password to access your encrypted email inbox anytime you receive an encrypted message in the future, or to review the messages you've already received. Your password must be at least 8 characters long and include an uppercase letter, a lowercase letter, a digit, and a punctuation mark.
To send a secure message to eBay:
Go to the eBay Secured Email website and log on. You must know the eBay employee's email address to send a message.
From your inbox, click the New button and create your secure message.
Click Send when you're done.
To reply securely to an email you receive from eBay:
Select the Reply button in the message.
Click Send. Your response will be encrypted.
When sending an encrypted message, never include confidential data in the subject line. The subject line is not encrypted. If you need to send sensitive information, put it in the body of your email.
Learn more about eBay Secured Email.
How we help you resolve transaction problems
If you encounter any transaction problems, we recommend communicating with your buyer or seller first. If you know the member's user ID, you can find their contact information and discuss your concern. If you're unable to communicate with your buyer or seller, or your partner doesn't help you resolve the issue, here's what you can do: