Stocks and other securities policy
The sale of stock or security interests is not allowed on eBay. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulates the sale of stocks and other security interests that represent a current investment ownership interest in an entity. They also regulate efforts by individuals to raise money or find investors for businesses.
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?
Some business-related items are not "securities" and may be listed on eBay. Here are some examples of items that can be sold:
100% of the assets of a business (inventory, lease, good will) where no transfer of stock is involved
Information about how to start a business
Any sale of inventory, leases, or fixtures
"Turn key" businesses, such as vending machines or windshield repair kits
Examples of stocks and securities that are restricted on eBay:
Collectible stock certificates must be canceled or represent an interest in an entity that no longer legally exists
Single-share stock certificates marketed for gift purposes rather than investment purposes, as long as:
The certificates are marked and advertised as non-transferable
The ownership is not transferred into the name of the purchaser
The minimum sale price is more than twice the current exchange trading price of the underlying single share security
Examples of stocks and securities that are not allowed on eBay:
Documentation that represents proof of a current investment interest in any entity; for example, stocks, bonds, or investment interests. This includes, but isn’t limited to, corporations or partnerships. (Canceled certificates and single-share gifts are business-related items that are allowed.)
Credit; As an example, you cannot sell $1000 in credit
Solicitations to invest money in any business venture
Any portion of an ongoing business
100% of any ongoing business if the sale involves a transfer of any stock in that business(Sales like this that don’t include stock are allowed as a business-related item.)
Liens such as tax liens, tax liens certificates, or mechanic liens
Investments in oil or gas royalties
Why does eBay have this policy?
Since the SEC regulations place restrictions on Internet sales, we don’t allow the sale of these items on eBay.