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We generally don't allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on the US eBay website (eBay.com), except for pre-approved sales of wine. At our discretion, we may permit sales of other types of alcohol by pre-approved sellers in designated categories. You can find more information about selling wine on eBay below. We don't allow the sale of collectible containers that contain alcohol. Members outside the US aren't allowed to sell alcohol to members residing in the US.
Make sure your listing follows our guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including restrictions of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.
Keep in mind that the alcohol restrictions apply only to items for sale on the US eBay website (eBay.com). Alcohol may be sold on international eBay sites as permitted by local law. Please check the rules of each eBay website to find out more.
The US Postal Service (USPS) doesn't allow the shipment of intoxicating liquors containing 0.5% or more alcohol by content.
You can find this information in Section 42 of Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail from USPS.
Private carriers such as FedEx and UPS may allow these items to be shipped, but you should check their rules and regulations before offering their shipping services in your listing.
What are the guidelines?
We don't allow any container with alcohol, even if it may be considered collectible. Pre-approved wine sellers can still list wine in the appropriate category. At our discretion, we may permit sales of other types of alcohol by pre-approved sellers in designated categories.
Generally, wine can't be sold on eBay. However, we do allow some of our members to list wine in the Wine category as long as they follow federal, state, local, and other applicable laws and regulations. These members must carry the required license to sell and ship wine, and they have completed our registration process to list wines on our website. This policy is applicable to those approved sellers and buyers who transact with them. To become a licensed seller of wine on eBay, start the registration process by uploading a copy of your alcohol license here. You also need to enter your eBay user ID in the comments section of the document upload page.
Approved wine sellers
Sellers must include the following information within each item description:
In order to purchase wine on eBay from pre-approved wine sellers, buyers must meet the following requirements:
Buyers, by bidding on or purchasing these items, warrant and represent that they are aware of and are in compliance with their own state laws and regulations.
Every state in the US has different laws for the sale of wine, especially when dealing with wine sales across state borders. Members should fully research and understand federal and state laws before listing wine. If you want to sell wine, you should also take the time to review state shipping restrictions that are in the Requirements for wine-related transactions on eBay section below. The Wine Institute is a great place to find more information on the laws for selling wine.
Requirements for wine-related transactions on eBay
Be sure to meet all the following terms and conditions when buying or selling wine on eBay. These terms and conditions may change over time. It is your responsibility to visit these pages to see if and how it may have changed, so that you can remain compliant.
We want to make sure buyers and sellers understand and follow all laws and regulations on the sale of alcohol. Certain alcoholic products are prohibited by law and could harm members so those items can't be sold on eBay.
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