Prohibited and restricted items

Prohibited and restricted items

Prohibited and restricted items – Overview
In this article

Understanding the rules
Prohibited and restricted items
Reporting policy violations

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 items below. You also need to make sure that the sale of your item complies with all laws.

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 restrictions of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

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.

The list of prohibited and restricted items below covers items you can list under certain conditions, and items that we don’t allow at all. In our medical drugs and devices policy, for example, while we don’t allow many items (such as contact lenses), we do allow other items under certain conditions (including certain types of medical instruments).

To find out if we have other guidelines that might affect your listing, read our rules for listings and our rules about intellectual property.
Prohibited and restricted items

Adult Only category
Alcohol
Animals and wildlife products – examples include live animals, mounted specimens, and ivory
Art
Artifacts, grave-related items, and Native American arts and crafts
Catalytic converters and test pipes
Cell phone (wireless) service contracts
Charity and fundraising
Clothing, used
Contracts
Cosmetics
Counterfeit currency and stamps
Coupons
Credit cards
Currency, selling
Drugs and drug paraphernalia
Electronics equipment – examples include cable TV de-scramblers, radar scanners, and traffic signal control devices
Electronic surveillance equipment – examples include wiretapping devices and telephone bugging devices
Embargoed goods and prohibited countries – examples include items from Cuba
Event tickets
Firearms, weapons, and knives – examples include pepper spray, replicas, and stun guns (see also military items)
Food and healthcare items
Gift cards
Government documents, IDs, and licenses
Government, transit, and shipping-related items – examples include airplane operations manuals, subway employee uniforms, and U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mailbags
Hazardous, restricted, or regulated materials – examples include batteries, fireworks, and refrigerants
Human remains and body parts
Importation of goods into the US – examples include CDs intended only for distribution in a certain country
International trading
Items encouraging illegal activity – examples include an eBook describing how to create methamphetamine
Lockpicking devices
Lottery tickets
Mailing lists and personal information
Medical drugs, devices, and healthcare – examples include prescription drugs, contact lenses, pacemakers, and surgical instruments
Military items (see also firearms, weapons, and knives)
Multi-level marketing, pyramid, and matrix programs
Offensive material – examples include ethnically or racially offensive material and Nazi memorabilia
Pesticides
Plants and seeds
Police-related items
Political memorabilia (reproduction)
Postage meters
Prescription drugs
Prohibited services
Real estate
Recalled items
Slot machines
Stamps
Stocks and other securities
Stolen property
Surveillance equipment
Tobacco
Travel
Weeds (see plants and seeds)
Reporting policy violations

If you see a listing that violates one of our policies, report it by clicking Report item in the listing.

If we determine that a listing has violated a policy, we email the seller and the bidders or the buyer to let them know that we’ve removed the listing from eBay.
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.

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