We don't allow items that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance, or promote organizations with such views. We’ll also remove listings that graphically portray graphic violence or victims of violence, unless they have substantial social, artistic, or political value.
We carefully consider all the details before deciding to remove such listings when they're brought to our attention, looking at the entire listing to see if it goes against our guidelines.
Items that contain nudity or adult material are governed under the Adult Only policy. Please review that policy for information on adult items and how they can be listed.
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
Items related to natural disasters or human tragedies that have substantial social, artistic, or political value:
- Newspaper clippings
- Books on the tragedy or disaster
- Photos of the devastation of a tragedy or disaster
- Commemorative photos, paintings, or works of art
Charity websites or charity listings set up to benefit the victims of a disaster or tragic event
Listings that graphically portray, glorify, or attempt to profit from human tragedy or suffering, including:
Items taken from the World Trade Center in NYC after 09/11/01 (Ground Zero)
Items taken from crime scenes that could be evidence in an investigation
Items that are insensitive to victims of natural disasters
We don't allow the sale of items related to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and other hate organizations, regardless of age or historical significance, because of their highly intolerant views and often violent history.
KKK memorabilia pricing guides
News and magazine articles about the KKK
Documentaries about the KKK
Books on the history of the KKK
The film "Birth of a Nation" and the book it is based on, "The Clansmen"
KKK rally and marching photos are OK as long as they don't focus on the symbols (such as showing a close up of an emblem on someone's chest)
Cross burning photos are OK as long as they don't also show a hanging or any other murderous acts
Actual KKK memorabilia:
- Uniforms (including components or parts of uniforms)
- Music- Knives
Photos that depict violence (murder, beatings)
KKK newsletters, pamphlets, recruiting materials, or flyers
Items promoting or commemorating other groups with views of hatred, violence, racial, religious, or sexual intolerance (such as the Aryan Brotherhood and Neo-Nazi groups)
Out of respect for the families and friends of victims, we don't allow listing items closely associated with notorious murderers within the past 100 years. We also don't allow the listing of items that benefit people convicted of violent felonies, whether the item is listed by that person or by someone else. If you list these types of items, we'll remove the listings and suspend your account.
Serial killer items more than 100 years old, such as items related to Jack the Ripper
Items related to notorious outlaws of the Old West, such as Jesse James and Billy the Kid
Documentaries about serial killers
Books on serial killers
"If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer" by The Goldman Family
True crime books and magazines
Books written about violent crimes
Hollywood-style movies about killers or with violent subject matter
Serial killer trading cards—such as True Crime cards—are OK as long as they're being sold as a set and the listing doesn't mention a specific serial killer by name
Personal belongings of anyone convicted of a violent felony or any work, such as a book, from which they might profit
Letters or artwork created by serial killers or violent felons
Novelty items related to serial killers
Items related to the Zodiac serial killer
Items glorifying serial killers or persons convicted of a violent felony
Items from notorious crime scenes
Items related to the Black Dahlia murder case
Original book "If I Did It" by O.J. Simpson
Items promoting violence against an individual, including convicted criminals
Explicit crime scene photographs
We recognize the historical significance of World War II and that there are many militaria collectors around the world. We allow some related historical items, but ban others, particularly those that amount to Nazi propaganda.
Stamps, letters, and envelopes displaying Nazi postmarks
Currency issued by the Nazi German government, including military scripts
Items that have a swastika that are not related to Nazi Germany (such as good luck charms, Native American blankets, Buddhist sculptures)
Replica or novelty stamps or currency of Nazi Germany (must comply with the currency and stamp policies) even if they contain images of swastikas or German leaders
These items can't be shipped to Germany, France, or other countries that prohibit Nazi-related materials:
Non-propaganda German films made before 1945
Documentary films about Nazis, World War II, or the historical significance of that time period in world history
Hollywood-style films with Nazi subject matter
Eva Braun’s home movies
"Mein Kampf" and Hitler’s Second Book
Books with swastikas on the cover (must have been published outside of Germany if published between 1933-1945)
"What if?" type books that discuss what would have happened if battles or the war had ended differently
Models of World War II German military vehicles
Action figures in World War II German uniforms
Reproductions of World War II German uniforms and equipment that do not have Nazi symbols
Jewish identification (armbands, Star of David)
Nazi issued documents (passports, travel papers)
Anti-Nazi items (such as the Hitler pin cushion)
Battlefield, concentration camp, or war victim photos (even if the image contains dead bodies)
- Jud Süß
- Der ewige Jude (The Eternal Jew)
- Triuph des Willens (Triumph of the Will)
- Die Ausschwitzlüge und Ihre Folgen Videofilm (Kritik Verlag) (The Auschwitz Lie and Its Consequences)
- Die Folgen der Ausschwitzlüge für Ernst Zündel (Kritik Verlag) (The Consequences of the Auschwitz Lie for Ernst Zundel)
- Wochenschau unkommentiert
- Triologie - Gestern und heute (1938)
- Adolf Hilter Videofilm (Kritik Verlag)
- Lüge wo bleibt dein Sieg (Kritik Verlag)
- (Lies, where is the victory)
- Zeugen wider der Gaskammer (Kritik Verlag)
- (Witnesses of the Gas Chamber/Witness against the Gas Chamber)
Any film identified as Nazi propaganda
Music or films that promote hatred and racial supremacy
Books by these Nazi authors:
- Alfred Rosenberg
- Baldur von Schirach
- Hermann Göring (Goering)
- Dr. Joseph Goebbels
- Hans Zoberlein
Holocaust denial books
Nazi propaganda books
These bands and types of music:
- Nazi marching music
- Nordic Thunder
- Hilter’s Inferno Songs
Any items that were owned by or affiliated with the following Nazi leaders:
- Martin Bormann
- Joseph Goebbels
- Hermann Göring (Goering)
- Rudolf Heß (Hess)
- Reinhard Heydrich
- Heinrich Himmler
- Adolf Hitler
- Wilhelm Bodewin Johann Gustav Keitel
- Alfred Rosenberg
- Julius Streicher
Propaganda postcards with images of Nazi leaders or pro-Nazi text
1936 Olympic medals
Uniforms, uniform components, weapons, or other items that bear the Nazi swastika or SS runes
De-Nazi-fied items (items that originally had a swastika or SS runes that have been removed)
Listings where images are edited or cropped to try to hide Nazi markings or insignia
Items of historical importance associated with acts of violence against public figures
War documentaries or documentary photos portraying victims of war or violence
Hollywood-style horror movies, even if they have graphic, violent subject matter
Documentaries about animal fighting (for example, cock fights or dog fights)
Documentaries about morgues and funeral homes
Items that state a political viewpoint either supporting or opposing war
Explicit crime scene or morgue photographs
Electric chairs and related capital punishment items
Any item related to or glorifying dog fighting
Any item related to or glorifying cock fighting
Any video showing hostages being executed
Any video of convicted felons being executed
Items encouraging violence toward a specific person
These films and genres:
- Bum fights
- Bum hunts
- Criminals Gone Wild
- Faces of Death
Any item that glorifies or promotes violence towards animals or humans
Items related to terrorist organizations
We don't allow the use of racially derogatory language or racially or ethnically offensive listings except in a few very specific cases described here, including items with historical significance.
Art and media listings (such as books and music) where the offensive word or phrase is part of the title of the work. These items must be listed in the correct category.
The term Negro is OK unless it's used in a derogatory or offensive way.
Black Americana relics (such as slave tags, shackles, and documentation) are OK. These items must be listed in the correct category and can't use racially offensive words even if they're part of the actual name of the item
Actual Black Americana items listed in the appropriate category
Reproductions of Black Americana items can't include racially offensive words in the title or description and can only be listed in the Collectibles > Culture & Ethnicities > Black Americana > Reproductions category. Some reproductions of slavery items are not allowed, such as tags, shackles, documents, bills of sale, etc.
Images of items that contain offensive terms can be listed if it is part of the actual name of the item but the term cannot be in the title or description of the listing.
Authentic or vintage items must clearly state authenticity within the listing
Racial slurs, including:
- nigger, coon
- jap, chink, gook
Ghettopoly, the game and its variations
Black Americana slave brands
Anti-Semitic content within the item description
Items promoting racial or ethnic intolerance
"Horry Kow" Fukudome T-shirts
Abercrombie & Fitch "Asian" style T-shirts
Mexifornia Drivers Licences
Items marketed inappropriately with an intolerant regard toward religion, sexual orientation, race, or ethnic background
Reproductions of slavery items, such as tags, shackles, documents, bills of sale, etc.
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Our community is a diverse, international group of users with varied backgrounds and beliefs. It's easy to imagine how some listings might be offensive to some of our users. That's why we generally allow listings of "practically anything on earth," even items which some people might find offensive.
However, to ensure trust, respect, and safety in our community, we don't allow listings that promote hate, violence, racial or religious intolerance (or organizations dedicated to these notions). We won’t become a platform for those who promote hatred toward others.
Also, because eBay is a worldwide community, many of our users live in countries where the possession or sale of items associated with hate organizations is a criminal offense. We can't allow the sale or shipping of these items there.
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