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Collectibles Policy

Collectible items can be highly personal purchases, and seemingly what may seem like small details can be of great importance to prospective buyers. Our guidelines help ensure your buyers have the best experience possible.

When you list a collectible item on eBay, make sure the information you provide is as descriptive and as accurate as possible. Details about whether the item is authentic or a reproduction are especially important.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Can I list a reproduction in the Collectibles category?

Yes, you can sell reproductions in the Collectibles category as long as they are clearly described as such, and listed in the Reproduction or Fantasy sections.

I think my item is from the Victorian era, but I’m not sure. Can I put this time-period in my description?

No, if you’re not sure, you can’t state this in your listing. It’s important that you don’t make any unsubstantiated claims – before creating your listing, carry out any necessary research to confirm the details of the item, and only include verified information in the description.

Read our full policy

Meeting buyer expectations when you sell collectibles

When you list a collectible on eBay, remember that the buyer is counting on your photos and item description to decide whether to bid on or buy the item. Because of this, it's important that your listing is complete and accurate. This isn't just good business, it's eBay's policy. Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including restrictions of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

Guidelines for creating a complete and accurate listing

When you're creating your listing, think about it from the buyer's point of view. If you were the buyer, what information would you want to know before bidding or buying? What kinds of pictures of the item would you want to see? In what category would you expect to find the item?

Here are some guidelines that you should always follow. For more information, also be sure to review item description policy.

Allowed Things to do
  • Carefully research your item before listing it on eBay
  • Choose the right category
    • A buyer should be able to click on any category and see only items that belong in that category
    • Pay attention to categories that have specific timeframes, and be sure to select a category that fits your item. For example, you can only sell items in the Civil War (1861-65) > Original Period Items category if they date from between 1861-1865 and directly relate to the Civil War
  • Show your buyer exactly what they're buying
    • If you're listing an item in the Collectibles category, you can add up to 12 photos for free. Take advantage by including multiple photos of your item that show the fine details and different angles
  • Fully describe your item
    • A buyer reading your listing should know what the item is, who made it, what it's made of, and its current condition. The more information you can provide, the more successful your listing will be
    • Always completely describe any reworking, modifications, or touchups made to the item. These things could greatly affect the item's value
  • Be aware of and follow all laws and regulations regarding the sale of your item
Not allowed Things not to do
  • Don't place your item in a category intended for authentic items if you aren't sure your item is authentic, or if you're listing a reproduction
    • Instead, list your item in a Reproduction or Fantasy category. These categories are generally available throughout Collectibles
    • For more information, see our search and browse manipulation policy
  • Avoid violations of our search and browse manipulation policy
    • Only describe the item you are listing. Don't use brands, terms, or eras (such as "Civil War") that don't apply to what you're selling
  • Don't use misleading photos
    • Always include clear photos of the actual item
    • Don't use only stock photos in your listing. Be sure to use photos of the actual item — this is what buyers want to see
    • Avoid blurry or dark photos
  • Don't use misleading information
    • Don't guess what your item is. Make sure you've done your research, and write accurate descriptions
    • Don't be vague or unclear when you write your item description. Try to anticipate and answer all the questions a buyer might have
    • Don't make false claims. Double-check your information before listing your item
 

Guidelines for specific categories

Some categories have specific guidelines, and you can avoid common mistakes if you become familiar with them. In the section below you can see the guidelines for some of our collectibles categories. Check to see if one of the categories you sell in is listed here.

Antiques

You can use the term "antique" to describe the age of an item. Whether you can accurately describe an item as an antique largely depends on what you're selling and how old it is. However, a new item should never be listed in an antique category.

Some antiques categories on eBay are reserved for items that date from a specific time period, but many are not. Make sure you are following accepted standards in the collectibles community. A great place to find information about these community standards is on the Antiques discussion board - opens in new window or tab, where you'll find some of our most experienced antiques sellers.

Civil War

  • You can only sell items in the Civil War (1861-65) > Original Period Items category if they date from between 1861-1865 and directly relate to the Civil War
  • Other related items that date from before or after 1861-1865 can be listed in the Other Civil War-Related Items category
  • Civil War reenactment and reproduction items can only be listed in the Reenactment & Reproductions category

See our Artifacts, cultural heritage, and grave-related items policy for more information.

Jewelry

If you're listing jewelry, be sure to describe it accurately. Be sure to clearly state in your item description if your item includes simulated stones, plated metal, or any treatments. Also, keep in mind that only authentic diamonds can be called "diamonds".

If you're selling jewelry that is new but in the style of antique, vintage, or Victorian jewelry, be sure it is listed in an appropriate category, such as Jewelry & Watches > Vintage & Antique Jewelry > New, Vintage Reproductions. Be sure to clearly state "antique style" or "vintage style" in the title and description of the item.

See our jewelry, precious metals, and loose beads policy for more information.

Native American arts, crafts, or jewelry

If you're listing arts, crafts or jewelry made by a Native American from 1935 to today, you need to include both the artist's registered name and tribal affiliation in the item description.

See our Native American arts, crafts, or jewelry policy for more information.

Political memorabilia

If you're listing a political reproduction or fantasy item, it needs to be clearly described as such in both the title and description. These items also need to be clearly marked with the date of manufacture and listed in the Collectibles > Historical Memorabilia > Political > US > Reproduction & Fantasy Items category.

See our reproduction political memorabilia policy for more information.

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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 was my listing removed?

When a listing is vague or appears to misrepresent an item, we may remove it and ask you to review the rules above. After reviewing the information on this page, you may find that, with some revisions, you can relist your item. Keep in mind that in, addition to the information above, you should be familiar with all our rules for sellers before you relist your item.

Members should report listings - opens in new window or tab that misrepresent an item and could cause a bad buyer experience. We review these reports, and when we see any rules or policies not being followed, we will remove the listing.

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