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Counterfeit policy

We don't allow counterfeit items, replicas, or unauthorized copies to be listed on eBay.

Items that bear a company's official brand name or logo can be listed, as long as the products were lawfully made by, for, or with the consent of that company.

Unauthorized copies may include items that are bootlegged, illegally duplicated, or pirated. These items may infringe on someone's copyright or trademark.

What is the policy?

Counterfeit products are illegal and not allowed on eBay. Examples include:

  • Fakes or replicas of brand name items (for example, a purse bearing the Chanel name or logo that wasn't made by Chanel)
  • Counterfeit electronics and accessories
  • Bootleg recordings from concerts or other live shows
  • Unauthorized or pirated copies of movies, videos or software

Listings that don’t follow these rules may be removed from the site or from search results. Other actions we may take include lowering a seller’s rating, charging additional fees, limiting buying and selling privileges, or suspending an account.


Why does eBay have this policy?

This policy prevents the sale of counterfeit items, which are illegal, and could expose sellers to legal risk. Removing them protects sellers and their buyers from buyer protection claims and financial loss.

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