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Chance listings policy

Giveaways, lotteries, sweepstakes, random drawings, raffles and contests are highly regulated. Therefore, we don't allow listings or products that sell an opportunity to win an item or prize, whether that's by chance or in a contest.

However, including a bonus item in your listing – for example, selling an iPhone, and including a free phone cover – is allowed as long as it meets our selling requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

I've seen eBay running contests and giveaways, can I?

Sometimes, we, or our approved partners, will run contests or giveaways on eBay that follow all applicable laws. However, seller listings and products that promote giveaways, lotteries, sweepstakes, random drawings, raffles or contests aren't allowed.

Can I sell raffle tickets on eBay?

You can't sell any items that offer the opportunity to win a prize, so raffle tickets aren't allowed on eBay.

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Chance listings policy overview

We don't allow listings or products that sell an opportunity to win an item either by chance or in a skill contest. Specifically, we don't allow listings or products that promote giveaways, lotteries, sweepstakes, random drawings, raffles, or contests. These types of promotions are highly regulated and may be unlawful in many states.

We may run such promotions on eBay sites, and we may allow our partners or third-party companies to run promotions that follow applicable laws.

Make sure your listings and products follow these guidelines. If they don't, they may be removed and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including listing fees not being refunded and limits of your buying and selling privileges.

What are the guidelines?

Restricted Allowed in some situations

Bonus items are allowed as long as you follow these rules:

  • Don't set any conditions that must be met before the bonus applies
  • Offer the exact same bonus item to all buyers in multiple item listings
  • Bonuses, free gifts, and other items that don't significantly affect the value of the item may not be included in the listing title

Grab bags can be listed as long as you follow these rules:

  • Identify all contents; the number, quality, or condition of each item doesn't need to be identified
  • Don't single out anything that "may" be included with significant monetary or collectible value

"Box breaks" or similar trading card listings are allowed as long as you follow these rules:

  • Don't call out a chance to win a specific card of significant monetary or collectible value
  • You must offer a full refund if the box doesn't contain the certain team or player the buyer purchased
Not allowed Not allowed

Examples of listings and products that are not allowed:

  • Mystery items where contents aren't identified
  • An opportunity to win an item by chance or skill
  • Giveaways, lotteries, sweepstakes, random drawings, raffles, or contests

For information about lottery items, please see the lottery tickets and game pieces policy.

Why does eBay have this policy?

All eBay members must comply with government laws and regulations. Since giveaways, lotteries, sweepstakes, random drawings, and raffles are highly regulated or may cause harm to us or our members, we don't allow these types of listings or products. Although listings and products for items such as "grab bags" are generally permissible, this policy provides guidelines to help you determine when these types of listings and products may be deemed a lottery, sweepstake, or other promotional opportunity that we don't allow.

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