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eBay Protects You

When you sell on eBay, you’re protected by policies, transaction monitoring, and data systems that make eBay a safe and vibrant community.

You can sell with confidence, because our dedicated seller protection team works around the clock to enforce policies and track problems before they start.

Backed by large-scale, automated detection systems monitoring millions of transactions every day, our team uses world-class technology to prevent problems before they start, so you can focus on your business.

Learn about our policies and best practices, then get back to doing what you’re great at: selling on eBay.

How We Protect You

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Seller protection policy

See all the ways you’re covered when you sell on eBay.


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Customer service

Find answers to common problems and connect with us directly.


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Buyer practices policy

To make sure buyers treat you right, familiarize yourself with their policies, too.


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End-to-end Protections

Report a buyer

When a buyer has violated a buying practices policy, let us know. You may be helping the whole eBay community.

Case resolution made easy

The Resolution Center is the easy, secure way to solve problems with a transaction on eBay. Buyers and sellers communicate, and eBay can step in and help.

Resolve unpaid items

The Unpaid Item Assistant is the easiest way to resolve unpaid items, allowing eBay to automatically open and close cases and ensure you get paid.

Automatic defect removal

Because we know some things are simply beyond your control, automatic defect removal makes it easy to correct your transaction record.

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When you report a buyer, we listen

When a buyer has violated a buying practices policy, let us know. You may be helping the whole eBay community.

Case resolution made easy

The Resolution Center is easiest and most secure way to solve problems with a transaction on eBay. Buyers and sellers communicate, and eBay can step in and help.

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Resolve unpaid items

The Unpaid Item Assistant is the easiest way to resolve unpaid items, allowing eBay to automatically open and close cases and—most importantly— ensure you get paid.

We’ve simplified our policies

eBay policies help us provide a secure and fair marketplace for all buyers and sellers. We’ve simplified our policies so that they will be easy for you to understand, as well as help you manage your business consistent with our rules. And if you do need to take an action, we’ll let you know exactly what you’ll need to do to correct it to help you avoid disruptions to your business.

If you have a policy issue, we’ll help you fix it

If we flag a listing for a potential policy issue, we’ll give you an opportunity to correct the issue and avoid disruptions to your business. We’ll clearly communicate the issue to you and advise specific actions you’ll need to take to correct it. We understand that inadvertent mistakes can happen. And if they do, we’ll help you fix them.

Continue selling while you correct an issue

Rather than end all of your listings or suspend your account, our “Hide All Listings” enforcement measure temporarily hides all of your listings in buyers’ eBay search results and browsing while you correct a policy issue. Watchers, bidders, or buyers will still be able to continue to do business with you. After you correct the issue, all of your listings will be visible in search and browsing again, and you won’t lose any of your item’s sales history.

Exclusive Protections for Top Rated Sellers

We protect all sellers from abusive buying behavior and from events outside their control. Your track record matters on eBay, and we’ll support you when you deliver on your service promise and provide a good buying experience.


Top Rated Sellers who reside in the US and list on eBay.com receive additional protections benefits when they offer 30-day-or-longer returns.

Return shipping label credit for false “item not as described” claims

If a buyer falsely claims an item was “not as described,” we’ll protect you on eligible transactions. We’ll reimburse your return shipping label cost up to $6 per return. You’ll receive the return shipping label credit on your monthly invoice and we’ll automatically remove any negative and neutral feedback, defects, and open cases in service metrics.

Up to 50% refund deduction for decreased value on used or damaged returns

When you issue a refund for an item that was returned after it was used or damaged by a buyer, and you have a track record of delivering on your service promise, we’ll give you the ability to protect yourself by deducting up to 50% of the refund to recover the decreased value of the item. If there are any issues with buyers that may negatively impact you, we’ll take care of them by removing any negative and neutral feedback, defects, and open cases in service metrics.



Seller Protection—Returns FAQs

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Seller Protections—Top Rated Seller FAQs

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  • If I am not a Top Rated Seller, how does eBay protect me?

    When you deliver on your service promise to provide a great buying experience, you are protected from abusive buying activity and events outside your control. Protections include removing feedback, defects and open claims from Service Metrics.

  • Why do Top Rated Sellers receive additional protections?

    When things go wrong, your track record matters. Top Rated Sellers consistently deliver great buyer experiences and meet the highest standards for selling on eBay. This track record of delivering great buyer experiences allows us to deliver a higher level of protections.

  • How can I qualify as a Top Rated Seller?

    To become a Top Rated Seller, you must satisfy these requirements:

    • Maintain an active eBay account for at least 90 days
    • Complete 100 or more transactions and $1,000 in sales during the previous 12 months with US buyers
    • Have a defect rate less than or equal to 0.5%
    • Close cases without seller resolution less than or equal to 0.3%
    • Have a late shipment rate less than or equal to 3%
    • Upload tracking within your stated handling time, and show carrier validation for 95% of transactions to US buyers

    Once you meet these requirements, we automatically upgrade you to the Top Rated Seller status at your next evaluation.

  • What should I do if I receive a false item not as described claim?

    Top Rated Sellers who offer 30-day-or-longer returns will receive a return shipping label subsidy for item not as described claims on eligible transactions. If a buyer makes a false claim, please accept the return and report the buyer to us. You will receive a shipping label credit to your monthly invoice and we will automatically remove any negative and neutral feedback, defects, and open cases in service metrics.

  • What should I do if I receive a return that was used and/or damaged?

    Top Rated Sellers who offer 30-day-or-longer returns can deduct up to 50% from the refund for the lost value of the item that has been returned after it has been used or damaged. We will take care of any issues with the buyer, including removing any negative and neutral feedback, defects, and open cases in service metrics.

  • Can sellers lose their protections?

    We will not protect sellers who:

    • Take a transaction off eBay. Learn more.
    • Fulfill sales through retailers or marketplaces. Learn more.
    • Misrepresent the location of their item. Learn more.
    • Are rated ‘Very high’ in their Service metrics dashboard
    • Misuse protections, such as:
      • Filing excessive reports for false “item not as described” returns.
      • Giving partial refunds to buyers in cases that do not qualify.
      • Withholding too high of a dollar amount for a partial refund. We monitor and investigate patterns that are not typical.
  • How will I know I am protected?

    You will receive a monthly email detailing the protections you receive and steps you can take to increase your protections.



Seller Protections—Policy Enforcement FAQs

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  • What will happen if I am not following a policy?

    First we’ll let you know if you aren’t following a policy and what steps you’ll need to take to correct the issue. We’ll then give you a grace period to take all the actions you’ll need to resolve the issue.

    If an item cannot be sold on eBay because it is prohibited, we will remove the item to protect you and refund your fees.

    If you relist the item after we remove it, or don’t take steps to correct the issue, all of your listings may be hidden from new buyers for a brief period.

  • What will happen if my listings are hidden?

    All of your fixed price listings will be temporarily hidden in search results and browsing, resulting in new buyers not being able to find them on eBay. However, any watchers, auction bidders, or active buyers will be able to continue to do business with you in My eBay. You can still ship orders, leave and receive feedback, and resolve any buyer problems.

    After this temporary period, your items will automatically return to eBay search with their search history intact so new buyers can find them. While your listings are hidden from buyers’ search results and browsing, you may still edit them as needed to comply with the applicable policy. Keep in mind that as a seller you’re still responsible for all required fees.

  • How will I know what to do to comply with a policy?

    If we flag a potential policy issue, we’ll notify you through email and My eBay messages of the activity that isn’t following the policy and the steps you will need to take to comply with the policy. We understand that inadvertent mistakes can happen. And if they do, we’ll help you fix them.



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