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Chance listings policy

Policy overview

We don't allow listings that sell an opportunity to win an item or prize either by chance or in connection with a skill contest.

Specifically, we don't allow listings that promote giveaways, lotteries, sweepstakes, random drawings, raffles, contests, or prizes. These types of promotions are highly regulated and may be unlawful in many states.

We may run such promotions on eBay sites, and we may allow our partners or third-party companies to run promotions that follow applicable laws.

The guidelines below are intended to provide guidance, and should not be viewed as an exhaustive list.

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 limits of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

What are the guidelines?



You can offer a bonus item to buyers as long as you do the following:

  • State the exact price at which the bonus will apply. For example, you can say, "I will throw in a state-of-the-art black and white TV if bidding reaches $150." But you can't say, "I will throw in a state-of-the-art black and white TV if bidding reaches a high enough amount."

  • In multiple item listings, you need to offer the exact same bonus item to all buyers.

  • All bonus items that you offer need to follow our policies on prohibited and restricted items.

    Conditional bonuses, free gifts, and other items that don't significantly affect the value of the item for sale may not be included in the title of the listing. Please see the search and browse manipulation policy for more information.

Grab bags are listings where identified items are sold in a group (in a bag). You can list grab bags as long as you follow these rules:

  • Identify all contents of the grab bag in the listing. The number, quality, or condition of these items doesn't need to be identified.

  • The listing doesn't single out anything that "may" be contained in the grab bag that has particular monetary or obvious collectible value. For example, grab bag listings for collectible comic books can't allude to the possibility that a specific rare, high value comic book "may" be included in the grab bag. This type of listing is considered a lottery, which is not allowed on eBay.

  • All contents of the grab bag need to follow our prohibited and restricted items policies.

Not allowed

 Not allowed

Examples of listings that are not allowed:

  • A listing with the title, "Mystery cash $$all cash$$ only 20 envelopes."

  • "I am offering you the chance to win a brand new, in box, Xbox 360."

  • A listing with the title, "Raffle Tickets for a $300 GAS CARD… Only $1 a chance."

  • A listing item description that states, "Pay $50 and send us your best essay or composition to enter into our local newspaper's writing contest."

  • An item description that states "All bidders will be entered into a random drawing for an apple ipod nano!"

  • Mystery items (envelopes, boxes, etc). This includes listings where the seller doesn't specifically identify the contents, number, quality, or condition of the items for sale.

  • Listings that promote giveaways, lotteries, sweepstakes, random drawings, raffles, contests, or prizes.

For information about lottery items, please see the lottery tickets and game pieces policy.

Why does eBay have this policy?

All eBay members must comply with government laws and regulations. Since giveaways, lotteries, sweepstakes, random drawings, and raffles are highly regulated or may cause harm to us or our members, we don't allow these types of listings. Although listings for items such as "grab bags" are generally permissible, this policy provides guidelines to help you determine when these types of listings may be deemed a lottery, sweepstake, or other promotional opportunity that we don't allow.

Contact Customer Service

You can contact Customer Service to report a listing you think violates this policy. Go to that listing, and then click the Report item link on the right side of the page.

We'll review your report and take appropriate action.

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