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Hazardous materials policy

For health and safety reasons, most hazardous materials (such as fire extinguishers, refrigerants, and radioactive materials) can't be listed on eBay.

We take great care to protect the health and safety of our members. This policy reflects our commitment to eBay user safety by strictly adhering to government regulations on the transportation of dangerous goods.

What is the policy?

The following are not allowed:

  • Fire extinguishers that contain carbon tetrachloride
  • Non-government-approved refrigerants
  • Radioactive materials
  • Combustible materials like black powder, caps for toy guns, explosive fuses, fireworks, exploding targets, flares, flash paper, red phosphorous, gasoline, Thermite
  • Hazardous materials banned by a selected shipping provider (sellers should check with them before listing an item)

The following are restricted:

  • If the material can be shipped by standard shipping services and is not prohibited by local laws or regulations, then it can be listed
  • If hazardous materials have specific shipping restrictions required by the shipping provider, these must be outlined in the item description

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 sellers follow important government regulations. 


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