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Site interference policy

eBay’s policies, site, and features are designed to create and maintain a fair and safe marketplace for everyone. Because of that, we don’t allow members to interfere with our site or any of its functionality.

When members attempt to circumvent or manipulate our policies, or how the site functions, it can negatively impact the buying and selling experience of other members and undermine their trust in eBay. Examples of the types of behavior and activity prohibited by this policy can be found in our full policy guidelines below.

If you think that another member is violating this policy, you don't need to report it to us. eBay has a number of systems in place to detect and monitor site interference and policy manipulation or circumvention. If we identify any malicious behavior, we'll take steps to prevent it.

Read our full policy

Site interference policy overview

We strive to make eBay a safe and trusted marketplace for both buyers and sellers. Interference or attempted interference with the eBay site, site operations, or policies isn't allowed. This includes attempts to purposely circumvent our buying and selling policies, or the way our site functions. These kinds of activities can undermine trust, interfere with searching for items, and negatively affect both buyers and sellers.

Examples of the type of behavior that isn't allowed are in these guidelines, but any attempt to manipulate our site or policies may result in action against your account. In addition to your listing or product being removed, you may be subject to a range of other actions, including limits of your buying and selling privileges or suspension of your account.

What are the guidelines?

How you list your item

Our listing policies are in place to help give all members a level playing field, and to ensure that a specific seller doesn't have an unfair advantage over competitors.

Not allowed Not allowed

Examples of behavior that isn't allowed include:

  • Listing items or creating products with false information in order to circumvent the duplicate listings policy
  • Using an incorrect category, or including special characters in your title in order to bypass our policies on prohibited and restricted items
  • Using a strike-through price or "compare at" price that is false or otherwise misleading
  • Changing the font color of the seller information area in a listing

What kind of items you list

We have policies in place that prohibit the listing of certain items. Our policies are often based on country and state laws, although in some cases they may also be based on input from our members and our own discretion, especially for dangerous or sensitive items.

Not allowed Not allowed

Examples of behavior that isn't allowed include:

  • Listing a prescription drug as an "over the counter" drug
  • Having a listing or product for a counterfeit or replica item removed by us, and then relisting or recreating it without mentioning a brand or having an accurate title and description of the item
  • Having a listing or product for a sexually-oriented item that belonged in our Adults Only category removed by us, and then relisting or recreating it without details such as an image or description to indicate the mature nature of the item
  • Buying or selling eBay Bucks, as these rewards are non-transferable.

How you use your account

Accounts must follow all site policies.

Not allowed Not allowed

Examples of behavior that isn't allowed include:

  • Creating additional eBay accounts to avoid selling restrictions or suspensions on your primary account
  • Creating additional accounts to circumvent buying limitations, or manipulate other site features
  • Trying to transfer or sell your User ID or eBay account without our permission
  • "Scraping," or gathering data from our site for use on another site.
  • Repeated violations of a certain policy or sets of policies
  • Purchasing your own items

Additional information

All content, including but not limited to your listings, products, Store pages and profile must abide by all of our policies. You may not change or block any eBay-generated content or pages, and you may only use our site features and processes for their intended purposes.

You may only modify or add content in the following areas:

  • The description area of a listing page or product
  • The reply box on our discussion and help boards
  • Your profile
  • The feedback comments area of the Leave Feedback page
  • The bid box
  • Our email forwarding system text boxes on any page where you contact another member

For a list of all eBay policies, see the A to Z index of policies.

Why does eBay have this policy?

We have numerous site policies and features to protect our members, and ensure a safe and fair trading environment. This policy is intended to prevent circumvention or manipulation of these policies and features.

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