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Catalog policy

Policy overview

We don't allow listings for catalogs that buyers can order from. We do allow sellers to list old and collectible catalogs that can no longer be ordered from.

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?



  • An old or collectible catalog that can no longer be used to order items and follows the guidelines below.

  • Any catalog of any year where the seller specifically states in the listing "You cannot order products from this catalog."

  • Any catalog of any year that products can’t be ordered from—for example, a catalog that shows a product line.

  • Sotheby's, Christie's, and other auction catalogs that are used as a reference, guide, or collectible.



  • Avon, Tupperware, Mark Kay, and Amway catalogs can be listed as long as the seller indicates in the item description that he or she is not an agent or resellers of these products.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Any other catalog that can be ordered from

Selling old and collectible catalogs

If you list an old or collectible catalog on eBay, be sure you follow these guidelines:

  • You can't benefit from any subsequent sales from suppliers in that catalog.

  • You can't include extensive lists of specific brand names, items, categories or prices in the title or description of the item. This is considered "keyword spamming" and is against our guidelines.

    Note: Any additional information or categories sellers want to include should be linked to through a "more information" link in the listing. Before adding a "more information" link, please review our links policy.

  • Old and collectible catalogs can't be combined as a bonus item with any other listing.

Why does eBay have this policy?

Listings that offer catalogs clutter the site, making it harder for buyers to find relevant items and harder for sellers to sell actual items. They also encourage buying and selling outside of eBay, which violates our policies.

Contact Customer Service

You can contact Customer Service 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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