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eBay's Prohibited and restricted items Policy

Not everything that exists can be sold on eBay, that’s the first thing you need to know before you start selling anything there. It is mandatory for the sellers to check the specific rules and conditions of their listings, there is a list of restricted and prohibited items, before selling the seller has to make sure that his item complies to eBay and country specific laws, consequently if the guidelines are not met it is at the risk of being removed and the seller is at the risk of being subjected to a range of other actions, which include restrictions of their buying and selling privileges and suspension of the account.

The examples of prohibited and restricted items include:

  • Prohibited services
  • Real estate
  • Recalled items
  • Slot machines
  • Stamps
  • Stocks and other securities
  • Stolen property
  • Surveillance equipment
  • Tobacco
  • Travel
  • Political memorabilia (reproduction)
  • Postage meters
  • Prescription drugs
  • Pesticides
  • Plants and seeds
  • Police-related items

And much more, the list can be seen on the rules and policies page of their website

Understanding eBay rules

  • The policies formulated by eBay are based on country and state laws, but in case of dangerous or sensitive items, eBay may base its policies of the input gained by the members or its own discretion.
  • The sellers are advised to read the international trading policy of eBay before, as certain items can be legal in your country and might not be legal in some other country.
  • Rules regarding listing and intellectual property also need to be followed carefully.

How does Vero program affect me and what is it?

eBay in its quest to provide its customers with a safe place to sell and buy, has VERO program in effect full form for VERO is Verified Rights Owner, eBay wants its sellers to respect the rights of intellectual property (IP) owners.

This program allows the owners of intellectual property rights and their authorized representatives to report listings that may violate those rights.

Few companies have taken steps to protect their products from being sold by the third party; they wouldn’t like their items to be sold on eBay or their name, which is trademarked, to be used, therefore sellers need to be aware of the rules in order to avoid their listing being removed, example of infringements are, using the trademark, selling unauthorized copies of movies or music albums.

eBay strongly encourages its members to educate themselves about the laws of their country, as well as the countries where they plan to sell.