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Beta and OEM software policy

OEM (original equipment manufacturer) software can be sold with the original hardware but must not be sold separately. Beta software can't be sold on eBay.

To ensure only authorized goods are listed on eBay, and to prevent the infringement of intellectual property rights, there are restrictions on the type of software that can be sold on eBay.

What is the policy?

  • Beta software including beta keys, cards or access codes are not allowed
  • OEM, bundled or recovery software listed on the site must follow these rules:
    • The listing must include the original hardware, such as the motherboard or hard drive
    • Utility software must include the peripheral device, such as a printer

Activity that doesn't follow eBay policy could result in a range of actions including for example: administratively ending or canceling listings, hiding or demoting all listings from search results, lowering seller rating, buying or selling restrictions, and account suspension. All fees paid or payable in relation to listings or accounts on which we take any action will not be refunded or otherwise credited to your account.

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.

Why does eBay have this policy?

This policy helps our members to abide by important government regulations.

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