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Condition of returned items policy

If a buyer returns an item, it should be returned in the same condition in which it was received, and it should include all items that were in the original package.

If the returned item is used, damaged, missing any parts, or is damaged in transit because it wasn't packaged correctly when the buyer sent it back, the seller might deduct from the refund to cover the amount of loss.

Read our full policy below for more details and specific requirements by listing category.

Frequently Asked Questions


I bought an item of clothing and removed the tags, then decided it was too small. Can I still return it and receive a full refund?

You can return the item, but as it's no longer in the exact same condition as when you received it, the seller might deduct some portion of the refund to cover loss of value.

I sent an item back to the seller, but it got damaged in transit. Can I still get a full refund?

If the item was damaged due to it being insufficiently packed and protected, then the seller might deduct a portion of the refund for loss of value.

I returned an item immediately after receiving it and I didn't alter it in any way. The seller is claiming that it's not in the same condition as when it was sent to me. What should I do?

You can ask us to step in and help. Please see the eBay Money Back Guarantee policy for more information.

A buyer returned an item damaged – what should I do?

If you qualify to issue a partial refund, you can deduct up to 50% from the refund for the loss in value of the item. Learn more about seller protection.

Read our full policy

Condition of returns policy overview

Buyers may be liable for loss in value of the item if it's returned in a different condition from how it was received, or if the item is not packaged securely to prevent damage in return shipment. In the event that an item is not returned to the seller in the same condition, the seller might deduct the amount of loss and give the buyer a partial refund.

Items returned by a buyer after inspection through eBay Authenticity Guarantee - opens in new window or tab will be sent back to the buyer and a refund will not be issued if the item is returned in a different condition from how it was when originally inspected.

What are the guidelines?

Returned items that do not meet the below criteria may be subject to less than a full refund of the item's value. To be eligible for a return, the exact item you purchased must be returned.

General return requirements

Same or unaltered condition (not an exhaustive list):

  • Unused, unaltered, with no damage or signs of use outside of the listed item condition or how it was received
  • All parts and accessories must be intact
  • Must be returned with original product packaging: boxes, UPCs, bags or any items used to wrap and protect the item
  • Must include all items that were included in the original package, such as cords, cables, remote controls, manuals, warranty and rebate cards, free gifts or bonus items
  • Items must have original tags, labels and/or any accompanying materials that were originally included

Art & Collectables

  • Must include any provided certificates of authenticity, grading or appraisal
  • Items must not be removed from sealed packaging


  • Items cannot appear worn, washed or used
  • Original tags must be attached to the item
  • Sanitary lining cannot be removed from an undergarment
  • Item cannot be altered in any way
  • Item cannot be stained (dirt, makeup, food, etc.)
  • Health & Beauty products must be unused and in original, unopened, undamaged and resalable condition

Electronics & Home Appliances

  • Factory seal must not be broken/opened

Food & Beverages

  • Item must be unopened
  • Item must be within its use by or best before date
  • Item packaging must be in original condition with no damage. For example, no dented cans or damaged labels
  • All items are returned (e.g. if item forms part of a carton, it must be returned as a full carton)

Home & Garden

  • Bedding items should be unopened and unused
  • Vacuum sealed products, if opened, don't qualify for return


  • To be returned in original packaging
  • Item should be drained of any fuel or liquid
  • If assembled, item should be dismantled before return

Why does eBay have this policy?

Standardised category return guidelines create a more consistent experience for both buying and selling by eliminating the uncertainty of what's acceptable to return and what isn't.

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