We generally don't allow coin-operated slot machines to be listed on eBay. In some cases, we allow antique slot machines to be listed, but only by sellers in certain states. This is because the sale and ownership of coin-operated slot machines is regulated or not allowed in a number of states, even for personal in-home use. The laws are often complex and may subject violators to criminal penalties. For more information, see the guidelines section, below.
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?
These items can be listed on eBay no matter their age, and members from all states can buy and sell them:
Non-coin-operated slot machines that don't accept or pay out coins or currency
Non-functional slot machines that were never functional but made solely for display
Coin-operated slot machines that have been permanently altered so that they won't accept coins and can't be converted into an operational slot machine
Antique slot machines can be listed as long as sellers follow our guidelines.
Coin-operated slot machines that are not antiques
Slot machines that can be converted to coin operation and are not antiques
Replica coin-operated slot machines that are operable and are less than 25 years old
Selling antique slot machines
Sellers in most states can list slot machines that are at least 25 years old as long as they include the age of the machine in the listing. A few states require that slot machines be even older to qualify for antique status, but a few allow more recent machines. Check your local laws to ensure that your transaction is lawful in your area.
However, buyers and sellers in the following states may not buy or sell antique slot machines because of laws prohibiting slot machine ownership in their state:
All listings for antique slot machines must include the following text:
"Due to laws regulating the sale of antique slot machines, I, as the seller, will not sell to members in the states of Alabama, Connecticut, Hawaii, Nebraska, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Bids from members residing in any of these states will be canceled. Buy It Now transactions with buyers residing in these states will be considered void."
Why does eBay have this policy
eBay requires members to comply with all laws and regulations. Since the sale (and ownership) of slot machines is prohibited by some state laws, we have these guidelines.