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 doesn't follow one of our policies, report it from the Report item link in the listing.
eBay prohibited and restricted items policies
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.
Activity on eBay is required to:
- Follow all applicable laws
- Respect the rights of third parties
- Follow the eBay User Agreement
- Follow this eBay policy
If activity doesn’t meet these requirements, 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: administratively ending listings or canceling transactions, hiding or lowering the placement of listings in search results, lowering seller rating, restricting buying or selling, forfeiture of fees, loss of buyer or seller protections, restricting access to member communication and rating tools, removing feedback, and account suspension.
In certain scenarios, we may hide your listing from being visible to shoppers until the problematic content is fixed. Once changes are made and approved by eBay, your listing will be available to shoppers once again.
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.
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 listings that don't follow policy
If you see a listing that doesn't follow one of our policies, report it via the Report item link in the listing.
If we determine that a listing or product isn't following a policy, we email the seller and the bidders or the buyer to let them know that we've removed or hidden the listing or product from eBay.