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I'm not sure whether the item I'm selling is allowed on eBay.
There are some items that, due to legal restrictions and other considerations, aren't allowed or can only be listed under certain conditions. If you're not sure whether your item is allowed, you can learn why some items are prohibited or restricted and view a detailed list of items you can't sell.
I received an email that my account was suspended.
Confirm that the email was sent from eBay by checking your messages in My eBay. This email from eBay explains why your account was suspended and the steps you can take to resolve the problem. Learn more about suspended accounts and how to tell if an email is really from eBay.
I received an alert that a seller opened an unpaid item case against me.
If you buy an item and the seller doesn't receive your payment for any reason, the seller can open an unpaid item case. If you receive a notification about this, it's important to respond quickly. If you don't pay or don't respond to the seller within 4 days, the seller will be able to close case and an unpaid item may be recorded on your account. If you have a reason for not paying, you can &appeal the case.
- Rules for sellers
Learn what items you can sell, what's allowed in your listing, and other guidelines for selling.
- Rules for buyers
Buyers have obligations too. Be sure to bid responsibly, always pay for purchases, and follow our buyer guidelines.
- Rules for everyone
These policies apply to all eBay members.
Top 10 Policies
- Invalid bid retraction policy
Did you bid on an item by mistake? Learn when you're allowed to cancel a bid.
- Unpaid item policy
We require buyers to pay for items that they commit to purchase.
- All about Feedback policies
Our guidelines are designed to encourage open and honest Feedback about experiences with eBay members.
- Prohibited and restricted items
Before listing an item for sale, make sure it's allowed on eBay. Get an overview of items that are prohibited or subject to restrictions, or click a link below to learn about items we're frequently asked about.
- Rules for listings
These guidelines cover how you describe your item, what you can include in your listing, and other listing practices.
- Seller performance standards
When selling an item, buyer satisfaction is important. Learn about our seller performance standards and what you can do to stay in compliance.
- Accepted payments
Learn which payment methods sellers are allowed to accept.
- Search and browse manipulation
Make sure your listing is accurate and don't include information that might misrepresent your item.
- Avoiding eBay fees
Techniques that avoid eBay fees, such as offers to sell items outside of eBay, aren't allowed.
Learn when it's OK to link to content outside of eBay, such as additional photos or descriptions of your item.
How to guides
- Reporting inappropriate trading
Find out what we can investigate and the actions we'll take.
- Creating legally compliant listings
These general guidelines can help you create listings that are legal and don't infringe the intellectual property rights of others.
- Appealing unpaid items
Find out how to appeal an unpaid item.
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 cancelling 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.