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Prohibited services policy

The sale or offer of services that are illegal or sexual, or violate our User Agreement, are not allowed on eBay.

Policy overview

Sellers are not permitted to offer or solicit services on the eBay site that are illegal, sexual in nature or that violate eBay’s User Agreement.

Some Examples

Some Examples of Prohibited Service Offerings:

  • A listing offering a “virtual” relationship
  • A listing offering a massage or other service requiring physical contact
  • Any service that offers, suggests, or in any way conveys an intimate service contact, including dates, escorts or other such services
  • Listings that offer Multi-level marketing programs or “Get rich quick” schemes
  • eBay alone will exercise its judgment in deciding which listings are not permissible

Some Examples of Permitted Service Offerings:

  • A seller offering consulting services such as financial planning or interior decoration for a specified price
  • A Web designer offering to design up to three Web pages for a specified price

Additional information

Circumventing Fees and Choice Listing violations are typical violations that occur when listing services. Please review these polices before listing any service.


Why does eBay have this policy?

eBay strives to have a clean, well-lit marketplace where individuals and businesses can trade products and services. Services that are illegal, sexual in nature or that violate eBay’s User Agreement do not have a place in our community.

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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