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eBay is a wide- open market that connects buyers and sellers. But that doesn't mean you can sell anything you want. Normal laws applyfor example, you can't sell illegal drugs on eBay, or any other item banned by law.
In addition, eBay bans a variety of items and restricts some items from being sold. The consequences for violating this policy can result in disciplinary action taken by eBay. You might simply get a warning and have violating items taken off the site. But you can also be temporarily or indefinitely suspended from the site as well. So it's worth your while to ensure that you don't sell any banned or prohibited items.
eBay has three categories of potentially problematic items:
Prohibited These items cannot be sold on eBay.
Questionable These items can be sold only under certain specific conditionsfor example, eBay bans the sale of batteries with mercury in them but allows other kinds of batteries to be sold.
Potentially infringing These items might violate copyrights, trademarks, or other legal rights. For example, academic versions of software, such as Microsoft Office, can be sold only by an authorized educational reseller, an educational institution, a student, or a faculty member but by no one else.
eBay has some very complicated regulations covering questionable and potentially infringing items, so the best way to know whether any items on those lists might be prohibited is to check eBay's rules online. Head to http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/items-ov.html for the complete list and details.
Here's the list of problematic items, by category.
Prohibited item An item that cannot be sold on eBay for any of a variety of reasons, such as that it violates state or federal laws.
Animals and wildlife products
Catalog and URL sales
Counterfeit currency and stamps
Drugs and drug paraphernalia
Embargoed goods and goods from prohibited countries
Government IDs and licenses
Human parts and remains
Mailing lists and personal information
Plants and seeds
Prescription drugs and devices
Satellite and cable TV descramblers
Stocks and other securities
Questionable item An item that can be sold only under certain specific conditionsfor example, eBay bans the sale of batteries with mercury in them but allows other types of batteries to be sold.
Artifacts (from archeological digs, graves, and historical locations)
Catalytic converters and test pipes
Compilation and information media
Contracts and tickets
Freon and other refrigerants
Imported and emission-noncompliant vehicles
Items intended for mature audiences
Medical devices (for example, those that require prescriptions, among others)
Police- related items
Weapons and knives
Potentially infringing item An item that might violate copyrights, trademarks, or other legal rights. For example, academic versions of software, such as Microsoft Office, can be sold only by an authorized educational reseller, an educational institution, a student, or a faculty member, but by no one else.
Brand- name misuse
Contracts and tickets
Faces, names , and signatures
Item description and picture theft
Importation of goods into the United States
Mod chips, game enhancers , and boot discs
Replica and counterfeit items
For details about eBay's banned items, visit this website.