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Stocks and other securities policy

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) - opens in new window or tab regulates the sale of stocks and other security interests and, as such, they cannot be sold on eBay.

Discover everything you need to know about our policy on stocks and securities.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Can I raise money and find investors on eBay?

No. The SEC also regulates efforts by individuals to raise money or find investors for businesses, so you can't raise money or find investors on eBay.

You'll find more details in our full policy below.

Can I sell my business on eBay?

It depends on what type of business you own. 'Turn-key' businesses such as vending machines can be sold, and you can also sell assets from your business (e.g., inventory, fixtures, or equipment). However, you can't sell equity or shares in your company on eBay.

Read our full policy

Stocks and other securities overview

The sale of stock or security interests is not allowed on eBay. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) - opens in new window or tab regulates the sale of stocks and other security interests that represent a current investment ownership interest in an entity. They also regulate efforts by individuals to raise money or find investors for businesses.

Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including limits of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

What are the guidelines?

Allowed Allowed

Some business-related items are not 'securities' and may be listed on eBay. Here are some examples of items that can be sold:

  • 100% of the assets of a business (inventory, lease, good will) where no transfer of stock is involved
  • Information about how to start a business
  • Any sale of inventory, equipment, leases, or fixtures
  • 'Turn-key' businesses, such as vending machines or windshield repair kits
 
Restricted Restricted

Examples of stocks and securities that are restricted on eBay:

  • Collectable stock certificates must be canceled or represent an interest in an entity that no longer legally exists
  • Single-share stock certificates marketed for gift purposes rather than investment purposes, as long as:
    • The certificates are marked and advertised as non-transferable
    • The ownership is not transferred into the name of the purchaser:
    • The minimum sale price is more than twice the current exchange trading price of the underlying single share security
 
Not allowed Not allowed

Examples of stocks and securities that are not allowed on eBay:

  • Documentation that represents proof of a current investment interest in any entity; for example, stocks, bonds, or investment interests. This includes, but isn't limited to, corporations or partnerships. (Canceled certificates and single-share gifts are business-related items that are allowed.)
  • Credit. As an example, you cannot sell $1000 in credit
  • Solicitations to invest money in any business venture
  • Any portion of an ongoing business
  • 100% of any ongoing business if the sale involves a transfer of any stock in that business(Sales like this that don't include stock are allowed as a business-related item.)
  • Notes, except mortgage notes as described in our real estate policy
  • Liens such as tax liens, tax liens certificates, or mechanic liens
  • Investments in oil or gas royalties
  • Insurance policies
 

Why does eBay have this policy?

Since SEC - opens in new window or tab regulations place restrictions on internet sales, we don't allow the sale of these items on eBay.

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