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.
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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 and media related to natural disasters or human tragedies that have substantial social, artistic, or political value:
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, or that are insensitive to victims of such events.
eBay listings may not include items that imply or promote support of, membership in, or funding of a terrorist organization.
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 violent felons 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.
Violent felon items more than 100 years old, such as items related to Jack the Ripper
Books, documentaries and Hollywood-style movies about violent crimes
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 or glorifying violent felons
Items from notorious crime scenes
Items promoting violence against an individual, including convicted criminals
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, or that are disrespectful to victims.
Currency issued by the Nazi German government, including military scripts
Historically accurate WWII military model kits that have Nazi symbols
Historical and religious items that bear a swastika if they are made before 1933 and are not related to Nazism
Items that are not permitted include, but are not limited to:
Historical Holocaust-related items, including reproductions such as:
Uniforms and personal belongings of concentration camp prisoners
Jewish identification (armbands, Star of David)
Holocaust photos that depict dead bodies, executions, or other violent or degrading scenes
Nazi-issued documents (passports, travel papers)
Historical Nazi-related items, including reproductions such as:
Uniforms, uniform components, weapons, or other items that bear Nazi symbols, whether visible or covered
Listings in which images are edited or cropped to try and hide Nazi symbols
Denazified items (items that originally had Nazi symbols that have been removed)
1936 Olympic medals
Items that were owned by, affiliated with, or books written by Nazi leaders such as:
Any item made after 1933 that bears a swastika (e.g., jewelry, clothing, rugs, fabrics), unless listed in the allowed section above. We are sensitive that the swastika is commonly and legitimately used in religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism. However, given the highly offensive nature of the Nazi swastika, we have decided to not allow any non-historic items bearing a swastika.
Media identified as Nazi propaganda or that otherwise promote hatred or racial supremacy including historic and current items
Items of historical importance associated with acts of violence against public figures
Documentaries and Hollywood-style horror movies, even if they have graphic, violent subject matter
Items not permitted to be listed include, but not are not limited to:
Any item that glorifies or promotes violence toward humans or animals
Execution or torture-related media or devices
Explicit crime scene or morgue media
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.
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.
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
Items promoting or marketing intolerance toward religion, sexual orientation, race, or ethnic background
Slavery items, including reproductions, such as tags, shackles, documents, bills of sale, etc.
Confederate battle flag and related items with its image
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