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Prohibited and restricted items

While you can sell almost any item on eBay, maintaining the safety of our community is a responsibility we take very seriously.


For this reason, and to comply with local legal restrictions, some categories of products are restricted, or completely banned from being listed.

If you're not sure if an item you're intending to list is allowed or not, choose the relevant category from the list below to find out.

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I find out what items are allowed on eBay?

If you're not sure whether your item can be listed on eBay, check our list of prohibited and restricted items below.

What do I do if I see an item that isn't allowed?

If you see a listing that violates one of our policies, report it by clicking Report item in the listing.

eBay prohibited and restricted items

Adult items policy

Alcohol policy

Animals and wildlife products policy

Selling art policy

Artifacts, cultural heritage, and grave-related items policy

Autographed items policy

Catalytic converter and test pipes policy

Used clothing policy

Credit and debit cards policy

Digitally delivered goods policy

Drugs and drug paraphernalia policy

Electrical and electronic equipment policy

Embargoed goods and prohibited countries policy

Encouraging illegal activity policy

Firearms and accessories policy

Food policy

Gift cards policy

Government, transit, and shipping-related items policy

Government documents, IDs and licences policy

Hazardous, restricted, or regulated materials policy

Human remains and body parts policy

Knives policy

Lock picking devices policy

Chance listings policy

Mailing lists and personal information policy

Coupons policy

Medical devices policy

Personal relationships and services policy

Police-related items policy

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs policy

Real estate policy

Product safety policy

Event ticket policy

Slot machines policy

Stamps, currency and coins policy

Stocks and  other securities policy 

Stolen property policy

Travel policy

Virtual currency policy

Used cosmetics policy

Read our full policy

Prohibited and restricted items policy overview

Before listing your item, make sure we allow it on eBay, and find out if we have specific rules and conditions on how you should list it. Check the list of prohibited and restricted items below. You also need to make sure that the sale of your item complies with all laws and any additional restrictions applicable to payment services offered on eBay such as credit card association or network rules.

Make sure your listings and products follow these guidelines. If they don't, they may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including restrictions of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

Understanding the rules

Our policies are often based on country and provincial laws, although in some cases, we may also base our policies on input from our members and our own discretion, especially for dangerous or sensitive items.

Read and understand our policies before listing items. Follow our guidelines and review our examples so you know beforehand what you can and can't sell on eBay.

When selling internationally, read our international trading policy. Although certain items may be legal to sell in your country, they might be illegal elsewhere.

The list of prohibited and restricted items below covers items you can list under certain conditions, and items that we don't allow at all. In our medical devices policy, for example, while we don't allow many items (such as contact lenses), we do allow other items under certain conditions (including certain types of medical instruments).

To find out if we have other guidelines that might affect your listing or product, read our rules for listings and our rules about intellectual property.

Prohibited and restricted items

Reporting policy violations

If you see a listing that violates one of our policies, report it by clicking Report item in the listing.

If we determine that a listing or product has violated a policy, we email the seller and the bidders or the buyer to let them know that we've removed the listing or product from eBay.

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