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Postage Meters Policy

The sale of postage meters to members of the general public is regulated in Canada and against the law in the US, and as such, their sale is prohibited on eBay.

To prevent potential mail fraud, postage meters can only be leased from authorized manufacturers.

Frequently Asked Questions


Where can I get a postage meter?

You can only lease postage meters from authorized manufacturers. See additional information below for a list of authorized manufacturers.

Can I sell stamps on eBay?

Yes, stamps can be sold, including collectible stamps. Learn more in our Stamps, currency and coins policy.

Read our full policy

Postage meters policy overview

Canada Post regulates the sale of postage meters. Because postage meters can only be leased by authorized dealers, you can't list postage meters on eBay.

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Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including limits of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

What are the guidelines?

Allowed Allowed
Not allowed Not allowed
  • Postage meters (see additional information below)

Additional information

Postage meters are devices that can be leased from authorized manufacturers and used to print postage labels. A meter locks once there is no postage or minimal postage remains on the meter. A meter generally must be taken to the licensing post office to be reset by payment for additional postage. Avoiding the payment of postage by misusing a meter is against the law.

You can lease postage meters from authorized manufacturers. Canada Post holds the manufacturers responsible for the control, operation, maintenance, and replacement of their meters. The following manufacturers are authorized to lease meters:

Why does eBay have this policy?

The sale of postage meters is regulated, so we don't allow them on eBay.

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