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Postage meters policy

Policy overview

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) regulates the sale of postage meters. Because postage meters can only be leased by authorized dealers, you can’t list postage meters on eBay.

Read more about postage meters, including where to lease them and about postal service federal regulations.

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

  • Postage meters (see additional information below)

Additional information

Postage meters are devices that can be leased from authorized manufacturers and used to print postage labels. A meter locks once there is no postage or minimal postage remains on the meter. A meter generally must be taken to the licensing post office to be reset by payment for additional postage. Avoiding the payment of postage by misusing a meter is against the law.

You can lease postage meters from authorized manufacturers. The USPS holds the manufacturers responsible for the control, operation, maintenance, and replacement of their meters. The following manufacturers are authorized to lease meters:

Ascom Hasler Mailing Systems Inc.
19 Forest Pkwy
Shelton, CT 06484-0903

Francotyp-Postalia Inc.
1980 University Ln.
Lisle, IL 60532-2152

30955 Huntwood Ave.
Hayward, CA 94544-7005

Pitney Bowes Inc.
1 Elmcroft Rd.
Stamford, CT 06926-0700

No one other than an authorized manufacturer may possess a postage meter without a valid USPS meter license and a rental agreement with the meter manufacturer. Also, the USPS must set, seal (if applicable), and check the meter into service. Other parties in possession of a meter must immediately surrender it to the manufacturer or the USPS.

Why does eBay have this policy?

Selling postage meters is prohibited by law, so we don’t allow them on eBay.

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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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