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Prohibited accessories policy
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Policy overview

Some brand name products come with accessories, a warranty, or protective packaging as part of the purchase. For example, a watch may be packaged in a custom box and may come with the manufacturer's warranty.

If the manufacturer doesn't offer the accessories or other extras as a separate purchase, those items can't be listed on eBay without the accompanying branded product. See our guidelines below for examples of items that can and can't be listed on eBay.

In addition to this policy, it's also important to review and understand the following eBay policies:

Prohibited and restricted items
Rules about intellectual property
Rules for listings

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?

Here are some examples of items that can and can't be listed on eBay:



  • Vintage accessories that are generally considered collectible items are allowed, as long as the year the item was made is included in the title, either immediately before or after the word "vintage". Examples include empty vintage boxes, pouches, or tins.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Accessories or packaging without the accompanying product. Examples include:

    • Dust bags

    • Plastic tags (including a tag with a serial number)

    • Ribbons

    • Tissue paper

  • Box for a branded watch without the accompanying watch

  • Empty jewelry pouch, tin, or other container that may be used to hold and sell a similar or identical product

  • Warranty or certificate (blank, valid, or expired) without the accompanying product

Why does eBay have this policy?

For a safer buying and selling experience on eBay, we prohibit listings for certain products that may be used to facilitate the sale of counterfeit items or enable fraud.

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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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