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Multi-level marketing, pyramid, and matrix programs policy

Policy overview

We don't allow listings and advertising of multi-level marketing programs (including online payment randomizers), matrix, pyramid, Ponzi schemes, and all similar programs on eBay. These programs are often regulated or illegal.

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?

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Multi-level marketing:

    • This includes any business where you receive income from your own sales and income from your recruited members.

    • Online payment randomizers (because the majority of commissions are paid for recruitment of new members, and typically operate by random placement within the program.)

  • Pyramid schemes:

    • These schemes often ignore the actual selling of products and services, and concentrate on the income you can earn by recruiting new distributors. Pyramid schemes might not involve selling products.

  • Matrix programs:

    • These programs involve the exchange of money primarily for being added to a waiting list for a product. If you're at the top of the list, you receive a product when a set number of people join after you join.

Why does eBay have this policy?

Since multi-level marketing, pyramid, matrix, and similar programs are illegal or regulated, you can't list them on eBay. eBay urges sellers and buyers to follow governmental laws and regulations.

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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