For this reason, and to comply with local legal restrictions, some categories of products are restricted, or completely banned from being listed.
If you're not sure if an item you're intending to list is allowed, take a look at the relevant policy from the list below to find out.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find out what items are allowed on eBay?
If you're not sure whether your item can be listed on eBay, check our list of prohibited and restricted items policies below.
What do I do if I see an item that isn't allowed?
If you see a listing that violates one of our policies, report it from the Report item link in the listing.
eBay prohibited and restricted items policies
Airsoft, air rifles & BB guns policy
Artifacts and cave formations policy
Compilations of information policy
Electronically delivered items policy
Emissions control defeat devices policy
Encouraging illegal activity policy
Fertilizer and pesticides policy
Firearms and accessories policy
Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia policy
Illegal explicit content policy
Prescription and over-the-counter drugs policy
Products with eligibility requirements policy
Replica coins and currency policy
Replica, toy, and prop firearms policy
Social media and reviews manipulation policy
Tobacco and e-cigarettes policy
Vehicle, parts and accessories policy
Violence and violent criminals policy
Read our full policy
Prohibited and restricted items policy overview
Before listing your item, make sure we allow it on eBay, and find out if we have specific rules and conditions on how you should list it. Check the list of prohibited and restricted items policies above. You also need to make sure that the sale of your item complies with all laws and any additional restrictions applicable to payment services offered on eBay, such as credit card association or network rules.
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 restrictions of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.
Understanding the rules
Our policies are often based on country and state laws, although in some cases, we may also base our policies on input from our members and our own discretion, especially for dangerous or sensitive items.
Read and understand our policies before listing items. Follow our guidelines and review our examples so you know beforehand what you can and can't sell on eBay.
When selling internationally, read our international trading policy. Although certain items may be legal to sell in your country, they might be illegal elsewhere.
To find out if we have other guidelines that might affect your listing or product, read our rules for listings and our rules about intellectual property.
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.
Reporting policy violations
If you see a listing that violates one of our policies, report it via the Report item link in the listing.
If we determine that a listing or product has violated a policy, we email the seller and the bidders or the buyer to let them know that we've removed the listing or product from eBay.