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Is My Item Allowed?

Prohibited, questionable, and infringing items

As an eBay user, you're ultimately responsible for making sure that buying or selling your item(s) is legal in the eyes of the law.

Take these steps to find out if your item can be listed on eBay:

  • First, review eBay's listing policies. These guidelines will help you list items properly and understand what's allowed on eBay.
  • If you're still unsure about listing your particular item, look over the list below. These guidelines and policies are designed to help you trade safely on eBay.

Remember that:

  1. Prohibited means that these items may not be listed on eBay.
  2. Questionable means that items may be listed under certain conditions.
  3. Potentially infringing means that items may be in violation of certain copyrights, trademarks, or other rights. For your protection, some items here are not allowed ("prohibited"), regardless of their legality, because they almost always violate copyright or trademark laws.
Airline and Transit Related Items
Animals and Wildlife Products
Alcohol (also see Wine)
Animals and Wildlife Products
Catalog and URL Sales
Counterfeit Currency and Stamps
Counterfeit Items
Credit Cards
Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia
Embargoed Goods and Prohibited Countries
Gift Cards
Government IDs and Licenses
Human Parts and Remains
Lockpicking Devices
Lottery Tickets
Mailing Lists and Personal Information
Multi-level Marketing, Pyramid, and Matrix Programs
Plants and Seeds
Postage Meters
Prescription Drugs and Devices
Recalled Items
Satellite and Cable TV Descrambers
Stocks and Other Securities
Stolen Property
Surveillance Equipment
Real Estate
Autographed Items
Catalytic Converters and Test Pipes
Charity or Fundraising Listings
Contracts and Tickets
Electronics Equipment
Event Tickets
Hazardous Materials
Imported & Emission Non-Compliant Vehicles
International Trading - Buyers
International Trading - Sellers
Manufacturers' Coupons
Mature Audiences
Offensive Material
Police-Related Items
Pre-Sale Listings
Slot Machines
Used Airbags
Used Clothing
Used Medical Devices
Weapons & Knives
Wine (also see Alcohol)
Potentially Infringing
(copyright & trademark)
Academic Software
Anti-circumvention Policy
Authenticity Disclaimers
Beta Software
Bootleg Recordings
Brand Name Misuse
Celebrity Material
Comparison Policy
Contracts and Tickets
Downloadable Media
Encouraging Infringement Policy
Faces, Names and Signatures
Importation of Goods into the United States
Misleading Titles
Mod Chips, Game Enhancers, and Boot Discs
Movie Prints
OEM Software
Recordable Media
Replica and Counterfeit Items
Promotional Items
Unauthorized Copies

Important Notes:

Even if you offer to give away for "free" (rather than sell) a prohibited, questionable, or infringing item, this will not relieve you of potential liability. This applies to both seller and buyer.

This list is updated from time to time and is incorporated by reference into the User Agreement. Notice of updates to this list will be posted on the Announcement Board on the eBay Web site on the day of the change. These guidelines do not constitute legal advice and do not pertain to any particular company's practices. When in doubt, check with law enforcement agencies, a lawyer, the law, or with a copyright, trademark, or other rights owner for clarification. eBay has also adopted certain policies regarding prohibited items, regardless of the legality of the item.

Why did eBay remove my listing?

If eBay removes your listing because it violates one of our stated policies, you deserve to be properly informed. Therefore, eBay will notify both the seller and bidders via email when a listing has been removed. For additional information, visit the Why did eBay remove my listing? page.

Reporting prohibited, questionable, or infringing items to eBay

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