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Lockpicking devices policy

Lockpicking or locksmithing devices are not allowed.

Policy overview

For legal reasons, you're not allowed to list any lockpicking or locksmithing devices on eBay. See the Additional information section below for more details.

What are the guidelines?


  • Antique skeleton keys
  • Blank keys
  • Depth keys
  • Educational material on how to become a locksmith
  • Key guides
  • Replacement parts for key cutting machines


Not allowed

  • Autolock bypass keys (also called jigglers)
  • Bump keys
  • Code grabbing devices
  • Devices to make or duplicate keys:
    • Key cutting machines - functional or not (includes automatic or hand-held manual cutting devices)
    • Code cutters
    • Cam cutters
  • Devices designed to pick a lock:
    • Lock picks
    • Lock pick tool sets
    • Lock pick cards
    • Lock pick gun
    • Tubular lock picks
  • Digital decoders
  • Educational material on how to pick a lock
  • Master keys (also called skeleton keys)
  • Slim-jims (including roadside emergency kits that may contain this device)
  • Tension bars
  • Try-out keys

Additional information

The Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act, (Cap 184) - opens in new window or tab makes it an offence to be found “armed with any article or instrument for use in the course of or in connection with any housebreaking”.


Why does eBay have this policy?

The sale of lockpicking devices is highly regulated within the United States. In addition, federal law prohibits interstate mailing of locksmithing devices, violation of which is a misdemeanor. Locksmithing devices can also only be sold to authorized recipients. Since the majority of merchandise sold on eBay is delivered by mail and since it is difficult to verify whether the high bidder is authorised, the sale of locksmithing devices is not allowed on eBay.

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.

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