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Transaction interference

  • Members are not allowed to interfere with another member's transaction.

  • Members may not contact a seller and offer to purchase a listed item outside of eBay.

  • Members are not permitted to email buyers in an open or completed transaction to warn them away from a seller or item. If you have a problem with a transaction, please use the feedback forum and review our Fraud Protection Program.

Violations of this policy may result in a range of actions, including:

  • Listing cancellation

  • Limits on account privileges

  • Account suspension

  • Forfeit of eBay fees on cancelled listings

  • Loss of PowerSeller status

Some Examples

Mary has found the perfect dinner set for a party she wishes to host at her brand new home. Unfortunately, the auction-style listing will not end for another 6 days and the party is this weekend! Mary decides to e-mail the seller directly with an offer to buy the dinnerware immediately and directly from the seller and obtain overnight shipping for the item. By e-mailing the seller directly with an offer to purchase, Mary is in violation of the Transaction interference policy.

Additional Information

To report a violation of eBay’s Transaction interference policy:

  1. Contact Customer Support by clicking Contact Us on the right side of any Help page.

  2. Include the appropriate information, including any relevant emails, with full descriptions in the subject line. Only report a case once; multiple emails about the same case slow an investigation.

Why does eBay have this policy?

eBay has this policy in order to protect the community from potentially fraudulent transactions which are more likely to occur outside of eBay. Remember: if the seller offers to sell you the item directly without bidding on or winning the item on eBay, this is a violation of eBay policy and you will lose the benefit of eBay purchase protection programs. Please report it to us immediately.

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