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No item listings policy

All listings on eBay must offer either an item or a service for sale.

To help avoid confusion for buyers, want ads, place holders, or offers to trade can’t be listed.

What is the policy?

  • A listing must offer either a physical item, a digitally delivered good, or a service for sale. Want ads, place holders, or offers to trade are not allowed
  • Any item offered for sale must be delivered to the buyer. The seller may not retain possession of the item on behalf of the buyer unless the sale is part of a pre-approved* vault or consignment service
  • All listings on eBay should be a legitimate offer of goods or services that are made sincerely and transparently. Any attempt to mislead or deceive buyers, other sellers, eBay, or any other interested party, or any attempt to circumvent any other eBay policy, is not allowed

*We are not accepting applications at this time. Learn more about products with eligibility requirements.

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.

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

Why does eBay have this policy?

This policy helps keep eBay a safe and enjoyable place to buy and sell, as listings that don’t offer an item or service for sale can be confusing for buyers.

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