The sale of coin-operated slot machines is regulated or forbidden in most circumstances in Singapore, taking into account the presence of gambling elements in such machines. Out of respect for these laws, eBay will not generally permit the listing of coin-operated slot machines on its Web site.
Violations of this policy may result in a range of actions, including:
- Listing cancellation
- Loss of eBay fees
- Limits placed on account privileges
- Account suspension
There are two exceptions to the slot machine policy:
- Non-coin-operated slot machines: Slot machines that do not accept or pay out coins or currency may be listed on eBay regardless of their age.
- Non-functional slot machines: Machines that were never functional but made solely for display may be listed on eBay. In addition, coin-operated slot machines that have been permanently altered so that they will not accept any coin or slot and cannot be converted into an operational slot machine may be listed without restriction.
- In Singapore, the provision of “public entertainment” is required to be in “an approved place” and in accordance with a licence issued by the relevant authorities. Public Entertainment includes “any machine or device by the manipulation of which chances are given of obtaining prizes in money or kind” and would include slot machines.
- In Singapore, it is an offence for any private lottery to be conducted without a permit. This includes the operation of any gaming machines (such as those that dispense winnings based on chance, via credits or tokens that can be exchanged for cash or prizes) without a permit. For the installation of gaming or jackpot machines, an application for a permit should be made to the Police Licensing Division at 391 New Bridge Road, #02-701, Police Cantonment Complex, Singapore 088762. For more information, see the Private Lotteries Act (Cap 250).
- Under the Common Gaming Houses Act (Cap 49), every common gaming house has been declared to be a public nuisance contrary to law. The act of gaming as well as assisting in the carrying on of a public lottery; or selling or offering for sale any lottery ticket is also an offence. A police officer may arrest without warrant any person found gaming in a public place and seize all instruments or appliances for gaming found.
Why does eBay have this policy?
eBay urges its sellers and buyers to comply with all governmental laws and regulations. Since the use and operation (and ownership) of slot machines is prohibited in Singapore, or may cause harm to eBay or its members, sellers are generally not permitted to list them on eBay.