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Restricted adult items policy

 

 

Policy overview

Sexually oriented adult material is meant for people who are 18 years and older. Materials adult in nature are not permitted on eBay, as they breach laws in many countries. Some items, though legal to sell to adults outside of eBay, are still restricted on the site.

You can find the limited exception to the policy in the What are the guidelines? section below. Additionally, you need to follow any applicable laws or postal restrictions for adult material and adhere to the laws of the countries you are posting to.

Make sure your listings follow our guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and your buying and selling privileges could be restricted.

What are the guidelines?

 
 

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Amateur photos are not permitted.

  • Photographs of wives/girlfriends/husbands/boyfriends, even if there's no nudity in the image

  • Hidden camera videos and amateur videos containing adult sexual activity

 
 

Restricted

Restricted

  • Bondage items are allowed only if they are not modelled on a real person or mannequin and don't contain inappropriate descriptions or images.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Any items which, because of their nature or because of the item description, appear to be designed for use in sexual/adult activity, including sex toys, used underwear and items used for bondage or S & M activities

 
eBay does not permit clothing listings which contain adult or sexually-oriented images or descriptions, including fetish or other adult themed items. The following guidelines apply; please also see our Used Clothing policy page for more information.
 

Restricted

Restricted

  • All permitted used clothing items must be properly cleaned, and listings should clearly state this in the description

  • Underwear listings that include images must indicate the pair being modelled is not the pair being sold. Underwear listings that aren't clear about whether the underwear is new or used will be removed.

  • See-through clothing is permitted but the listing image may not show any nudity.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Used underwear can't be listed on eBay even if it's clean. This includes, but it is not limited to, boxer shorts, panties, briefs, nappies, diapers, athletic supporters, and socks.

  • Clothing listings with modelled clothing cannot include any information about the person wearing the item.

  • Clothing listings may not contain nudity. Images of models wearing clothing that include sexual aspects, such as details of the genitalia, are not permitted.

  • Any used clothing item with content we find to be inappropriate. We consider the overall content of the listing, including the description and images, when making this assessment.

 
 
eBay defines nudity as male/female genitalia, anus, or female breasts where the areola or nipple is visible. Butts (male or female), bare male chests, or female breast where the areola is not visible aren't considered nudity. We won't determine if an item constitutes art, but we'll review the content of the listing description, images and categories to determine if an item should be removed.
 
In circumstances where nudity is permitted in the listing:
  • There must be no more than two photographic images of nudity in the listing.

  • There must be no images portraying graphic sexual activity or graphic portrayals of human genitalia.

Restricted

Restricted

  • The use of nude images is restricted.

  • Frontal nudity is allowed in Art categories when the item is considered fine art, such as Michelangelo's David, vintage pin-up art, Renaissance-style paintings and nude cherubs.

  • Topless and suggestive images are permitted on vintage postcards, pin-up photos and animation.

  • Descriptions of items containing nudity can't contain explicit or overtly sexual content.

Not allowed 

Not Allowed

'Adult' or 'sexually-orientated' material that is not permitted includes, but is not limited to:

  • Any visual representation of human genitals presented in such a manner as to suggest sexual activity

  • Any visual representation of any form of sexual intercourse

  • Any materials clearly designed to sexually arouse the viewer/reader

  • Any items which depict human sexual characteristics in a degrading fashion

  • Any item that portrays frontal nudity will normally be treated as 'adult' material, with limited exceptions as set out in the Restricted section

  • Any photo-montage nude image of a celebrity

  • Any items depicting bestiality, rape sex, incest, sadism, masochism or sex with graphic violence and degradation

 
 
 

Restricted

Restricted

  • Romance novels are permitted but the description may not contain explicit content.

  • Books on sex, relationships, sexual education and self-help are generally permitted, but the listing can't contain nude images or explicit content.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Playboy, Playgirl and Penthouse magazines may not be listed.

  • All other adult magazines, nudist publications or adult anime/manga that include sexually explicit content, nudity or sexual stories may not be listed regardless of publication date.

  • Anthologies of Playboy, Penthouse and letters to the editor of adult magazines may not be listed.

 
 

Allowed

Allowed

  • Profanity that's part of the original title and description of a DVD or CD is permitted in the listing.

  • Movies with G, PG, PG-13, R and NC-17 ratings.

  • Video games rated EC, E, E10+, T and M.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Films and video games with a rating above X, XXX, R18 or created for an adult audience may not be listed.

  • Films described as 'strictly for 18+' or 'over 18s only' are generally not permitted, unless it is a mainstream film such as 'Striptease'.

  • Unrated films containing explicit sexual content

  • Adult only video games

 
 

Not allowed

Not allowed

Child pornography is illegal and not allowed on eBay. eBay may use broad discretion when removing items that depict minors, even if the content is not sexual in nature.

  • Images of minors that are not fully clothed or the item is described based on their clothing.

  • Underage modelling photos are generally not permitted even if the subject is fully clothed.

  • Items using the words 'child', 'children', 'young girls' or 'young boys' in a sexual context to describe an item containing nudity or sexual situations is not allowed. Items with those words or phrases can't be listed even if the performers are 18 years or older or the words are part of the product title.

  • Items described as  'teen', 'teens', 'teenager' or 'Lolita' if they are used in a sexual context and there's no indication that the performer is 18 years or older.

 
 

Restricted 

Restricted

  • Vibrators and massagers intended for sexual pleasure may not be listed. Other massagers can be listed, but if a listing indicates the item is for sexual use it can be removed.

Not allowed

Not allowed

Anything designed for use in sexual or adult activities may not be listed on eBay. At our discretion we may remove items including, but not limited to:

  • Adult-orientated domain names

  • Anatomically-accurate sex dolls

  • Any item which, because of their nature or because of the item description, appear to be designed for use in sexual/adult activity

  • Netsuke (miniature Japanese sculpture) that contains nudity or explicit sexual content may not be listed

  • Nude playing cards or trading cards

  • Sex toys

 
 

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Obscene materials, while not easy to define, aren't allowed on eBay. For some guidance, at our discretion we prohibit items depicting or describing bestiality, necrophilia, rape, scat and incest (real or fictionalised).

  • Services that include any sexual/adult activity. This includes the suggestion of any form of prostitution, escort service, sexual relationship or other adult-only activity, including 'virtual' boyfriends or girlfriends.

  • Links to sites that contain adult items are prohibited on eBay.

 

Is profanity allowed on eBay?
Most profanity is prohibited. But we do allow media titles and descriptions (film titles, CD names or track lists, for example) containing profanity as long as the original production company title or description also contains the profanity.

 

We want to create an atmosphere that mirrors real life, where adults can purchase legal items, but people who are offended by these kinds of materials don't have to see them.

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