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Prohibited and restricted items – overview
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Before listing your item, make sure it's allowed on eBay, and find out if there are specific rules and conditions on how it should be listed. See the list of prohibited and restricted items below. You also need to make sure that the sale of your item complies with all laws.

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 restrictions of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

Understanding the rules

Our policies are often based on country and state laws, although in some cases, they may also be based on input from our members and our own discretion, especially for dangerous or sensitive items.
Read and understand our policies before listing items. Follow our guidelines and review our examples so you know beforehand what you can and can't sell on eBay.
When selling internationally, read our international trading policy. Although certain items may be legal to sell in your country, they might be illegal elsewhere.
The list of prohibited and restricted items below covers things that can be listed under certain conditions and things that can't be listed at all. In our medical drugs and devices policy, for example, while many items aren't allowed (like contact lenses), others are allowed under certain conditions (including certain types of medical instruments).
Read our rules for listings and our rules about intellectual property to find out if there are other guidelines that might affect your listing.

Prohibited and restricted items

Reporting policy violations

If you see a listing that violates one of our policies, report it by clicking the Report item link in the listing. When we determine there’s been a policy violation, we email the seller and the bidders or the buyer to let them know that the listing has been removed from eBay.

Contact Customer Support
You can contact Customer Support 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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