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Prohibited and restricted items

While you can sell almost any item on eBay, maintaining the safety of our community is a responsibility we take very seriously.

For this reason, and to comply with local legal restrictions, some categories of products are restricted, or completely banned from being listed.

If you're not sure if an item you're intending to list is allowed, take a look at the relevant policy below to find out.

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I find out what items are allowed on eBay?

If you're not sure whether your item can be listed on eBay, check our list of prohibited and restricted item policies below.


What do I do if I see an item that isn't allowed?

If you see a listing that doesn't follow one of our policies, report it from the Report item link in the listing.

eBay prohibited and restricted items policies

Airsoft, air rifle & BB guns policy

Alcohol policy

Animal products policy

Animal traps policy

Artefacts and cave formations policy

Autographed items policy

Beta & OEM software policy

Bullion policy

Catalogues policy

Chance listings policy

Charity listings policy

Collectable currency policy

Compilations of information policy

Contracts policy

Cosmetics policy

Counterfeit item policy

Credit and debit card policy

Disaster and tragedy policy

Electronic equipment policy

Electronically delivered items policy

Embargoed goods policy

Emissions control defeat devices policy

Enabling infringement policy

Encouraging illegal activity policy

Event tickets policy

Faces, names and signatures policy

Fertiliser and pesticides policy

Firearms and accessories policy

Food policy

Funeral items policy

Gift cards policy

Government items policy

Hazardous materials policy

Human body parts policy

Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia policy

Illegal explicit content policy

Intangible items policy

International trading policy

Jewellery policy

Knives policy

Live animals policy

Lockpicking devices policy

Lottery tickets policy

Medical devices and equipment policy

Military items policy

Multi-level marketing, pyramid and matrix programs policy

Offensive materials policy

Personal information policy

Pill press, die and mould policy

Plants and seeds policy

Police-related items policy

Prescription and over-the-counter medicines policy

Price gouging policy

Product safety policy

Products with eligibility requirements policy

Prohibited adult items policy

Protecting minors policy

Real estate policy

Replica coins and currency policy

Replica, toy, and prop firearms policy

Restricted adult items policy

Selling art policy

Services policy

Single-use plastic products policy

Slot machines policy

Social media and reviews manipulation policy

Stamps policy

Stocks and securities policy

Stolen property policy

Tobacco and e-cigarettes policy

Travel policy

Used clothing policy

Vehicles, parts and accessories policy

Violence and violent criminals policy

Virtual currency policy

Vouchers policy

Weapons policy

Read our full policy

Prohibited and restricted items policy overview

Before listing your item, make sure we allow it on eBay, and find out if we have specific rules and conditions on how you should list it. Check the list of prohibited and restricted item policies above. You also need to make sure that the sale of your item complies with all laws.

Activity on eBay is required to follow this policy, the eBay User Agreement and all applicable laws, as well as respect the rights of third parties. If it doesn't, eBay may take action consistent with applicable laws and the eBay User Agreement, and may even be legally required to do so. Such actions may include, as an example only: Removing the listing or other content, issuing a warning, restricting activity or account suspension.

In certain scenarios, we may hide your listing from being visible to shoppers until the problematic content is fixed. Once these changes are made and approved by eBay, they will be available to shoppers once again.

Understanding the rules

Our policies are often based on country and state laws, although in some cases, we may also base our policies 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.

To find out if we have other guidelines that might affect your listing or product, read our listing policies and our rules about intellectual property and the VeRO program.

Visit Seller Help to find details of any policy issues with your account or listings, and get the information you need to quickly resolve them.

Reporting listings that don't follow policy

If you see a listing that doesn't follow one of our policies, report it via the Report item link in the listing.

If we determine that a listing or product isn't following a policy, we email the seller and the bidders or the buyer to let them know that we've removed or hidden the listing or product.

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