6 min overview

Listing policies

To promote a safe, fair and enjoyable trading experience, eBay has established a set of rules and policies for item listings. These restrictions involve how certain items are described, and practices that would provide an unfair advantage or result in a negative buyer experience.

Learning about eBay's listing policies before you list an item will help you to avoid unintentionally breaking rules.

Activity on eBay is required to follow this policy, the eBay User Agreement and all applicable laws, as well as respect the rights of third parties. If it doesn’t, 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: Removing the listing or other content, issuing a warning, restricting activity or account suspension.

When policy violations occur, eBay emails the seller, as well as bidders, that a listing has been ended.

In addition to the Rules for Listings, you should also review the rules for Prohibited and Restricted Items and the Protection of Intellectual Property to check if your type of item is allowed or has additional restrictions that would affect your item listing.

The following are the Rules for Listing with links to the specific policy pages that have examples, any exceptions, and a link that you can use to report a violation of that policy.

Listings must not misrepresent items.

Except as noted in the specific policy as exceptions, sellers cannot:

Listings cannot use techniques to avoid or circumvent eBay fees.

Except as noted in the specific policy as exceptions, sellers cannot:

Listings must promote a fair and level playing field, and provide an enjoyable and safe experience for buyers.

Except as noted in the specific policy as exceptions, sellers cannot:

Listings that involve the following situations or types of item, must conform to limitations specified in the policy:

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