For health and safety reasons, most hazardous materials (such as fire extinguishers, refrigerants, and radioactive materials) can't be listed on eBay.
The law prohibits shipping various hazardous products, though there are a few types that can be legally transported under certain conditions and if they're properly packaged and labeled. Those items can be sold on eBay, as long as the listing:
Clearly describes the hazardous nature of the product
Specifies a shipping method that meets legal and U.S. Postal Service (USPS) requirements (see the USPS Publication 52 for details)
For more information on what you can and can't sell on eBay, review the guidelines below.
Make sure your listing follows these 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.
What are the guidelines?
Books on fireworks, including books on how to make fireworks
Antique fire extinguishers or grenades need to clearly state in a listing what substance they are filled with
Fire extinguishers (including glass bulb fire extinguishers and brass fire extinguishers with a T-shaped handle) or grenades that contain carbon tetrachloride. (Contact your local fire department for tips on safe disposal.)
Flea and tick medications that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are sealed in their original packaging (see also our medical drugs and devices policy)
Pesticides can be listed if all of the following conditions are met:
The container or original packaging is unopened and intact.
The pesticide’s package labeling complies with all federal and state requirements. A seller's item description on eBay has to be consistent with the product's label.
The container can be shipped in a way that complies with U.S. postal regulations.
The seller clearly states both of the following details in a listing:
The seller complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations and ensures that the buyer satisfies all applicable laws and regulations.
The seller won't accept bids from, sell to, or ship to buyers located in a U.S. state where the item is not registered as a general-use or non-classified pesticide.
EPA-restricted, suspended, or canceled pesticides
Flea and tick medications that are:
Purchased in another country and shipped to the U.S.
Repackaged flea and tick medication that was approved by the FDA and EPA. (By repackaging the item, it loses its approval and becomes a violation of federal law.) See also our medical drugs and devices policy.
Hoverboards, self balancing scooters, and components or parts such as batteries and chargers if they have been certified to meet the UL 2272 safety standards. Sellers must state in the listing that the item is UL 2272 certified, include a link to the UL Online Certifications Directory showing the certification and offer US and Canada shipping only.
Asbestos and items containing asbestos, such as collectible gas masks
Handheld lasers with an output of more than 5 milliwatts (MW) of power
Items containing mercury such as thermometers and the following batteries:
Mercuric oxide button batteries (button-shaped batteries typically used in vintage camera equipment)
Items that pose a health or safety hazard as specified by government agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), EPA, FDA, and NRC. (We will remove listings at the request of any government agency.)