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Rules for listings
It may seem like a lot of rules, but they help provide a better and safer experience on eBay. To help make things run smoothly, be sure to review and follow these rules when you list your items. We realize sometimes not following an eBay policy is an honest mistake. If your item is allowed, you may just need to edit your listing so that it meets our guidelines.
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There are some items that, due to legal restrictions and other considerations, aren't allowed or can only be listed under certain conditions. If you're not sure whether your item is allowed, you can learn why some items are prohibited or restricted and see a detailed list of items you can't sell.
First, check your messages in My eBay. If we remove a listing, we send an email explaining why. If you don't see it, check your spam folders. Then find out why eBay removes listings.
Find out if the item you want to sell is prohibited or subject to restrictions.
Become a better seller by providing excellent customer service and following the guidelines in this policy.
Find out how we're protecting copyrights, trademarks, and other intellectual property rights.
Before listing items, be sure to learn the rules about avoiding eBay fees.
Hateful, offensive, profane, or vulgar language isn't allowed, though there are a few exceptions.
Find out how you can avoid reserve price violations.
Payment methods you can offer
Find out the payment methods you can—and can't—offer.
Learn the rules about offering PayPal payments.
Find out what kinds of surcharges sellers are and aren't allowed to charge.
Listings policies you should know
Find out how to list items in the appropriate category, how describe items accurately, and how to include a keyword or a brand name that doesn't manipulate eBay's search feature.
Duplicate listings policy
Find out the types of links you can—and can't—include in your listing description.
Rules about offering to buy or sell outside of eBay:
Listings that don't offer anything for sale or those that offer intangible items aren't allowed. A listing also shouldn't include personal opinions, political views, or offensive comments about eBay members.
Rules about the following types of listings:
Learn how to accurately describe your item's location.
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