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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
  • Appliances for sale in California that do not meet applicable efficiency standards
  • Surveillance items that are intended to photograph, or record the conversations or activities of others without their knowledge

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

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 - 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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