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Electronic equipment policy

Most electronic equipment used to transmit or receive signals or for surveillance is not allowed. Those we allow must follow our policy.

To comply with U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations and to protect the safety and privacy of our members, there are restrictions around the sale of electrical and electronic equipment.

What is the policy?

The following types of electronic equipment are not allowed:

  • Electronic items prohibited by government agencies, including cell phone, GPS radar, and other signal jamming devices. See the FCC's jammer enforcement - opens in new window or tab for more information
  • Traffic light control devices
  • CB amplifiers and radio equipment that operates in both CB and HAM frequencies
  • Odometer modification devices
  • Equipment such as low power transmitting devices, high frequency transceivers, cordless telephones and radar detectors not authorized by the FCC
  • Light bulbs in the home that do not meet energy efficiency standards defined by the Department of Energy, including incandescent and halogen light bulbs
  • Electricity- or energy-saving devices that claim to reduce electricity consumption
  • Appliances for sale in California that do not meet applicable efficiency standards

Cameras, recorders, or other similar devices can be listed as long as the description doesn't encourage their use for illegal purposes.

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?

In order to comply with government regulations and help prevent privacy violations, we don't allow the sale of certain electronic items on eBay.

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