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Lockpicking devices policy
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Policy overview

For legal reasons, you're not allowed to list any lockpicking or locksmithing devices on eBay. See the Additional information section below for more details.

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?

Allowed

Allowed

  • Antique skeleton keys

  • Blank keys

  • Depth keys

  • Educational material on how to become a locksmith

  • Key guides

  • Replacement parts for key cutting machines

Not allowed 

Not allowed

  • Autolock bypass keys (also called jigglers)

  • Bump keys

  • Code grabbing devices

  • Devices to make or duplicate keys:

    • Key cutting machines - functional or not (includes automatic or hand-held manual cutting devices)

    • Code cutters

    • Cam cutters

  • Devices designed to pick a lock:

    • Lock picks

    • Lock pick tool sets

    • Lock pick cards

    • Lock pick gun

    • Tubular lock picks

  • Digital decoders

  • Educational material on how to pick a lock

  • Master keys (also called skeleton keys)

  • Slim-jims (including roadside emergency kits that may contain this device)

  • Tension bars

  • Try-out keys

Additional information
Why does eBay have this policy?

Lockpicking and locksmithing devices are highly regulated in the United States. It's against the law to mail locksmithing devices, or to sell them to unauthorized buyers. Because most eBay purchases are delivered by mail and we can't tell if buyers are authorized, we don't allow these devices on eBay.

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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