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How to report inappropriate buying and selling
What to report
If you see a suspicious listing or if a member's behavior appears to violate our policies, first review our rules and policies to make sure that the offense is something we investigate.
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If you see a listing you think violates a policy, click Report item on the right side of the listing page. We review your report and take appropriate action.
For other types of violations, follow the directions on the page that describes the relevant policy.
Don't use the Was this page helpful? area on this page to report violations. We won't investigate issues reported this way.
What we'll investigate
What we won't investigate
We don't investigate simple misunderstandings, members who won't communicate with each other, and personal disputes between members.
Here are some examples of what we won't investigate:
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If you don't receive your item, or if the item arrived but it isn't as it was described in the listing, you may be covered by the eBay Money Back Guarantee. If your purchase is eligible for the eBay Money Back Guarantee, you can get a refund for the purchase price plus original shipping. Learn more about the eBay Money Back Guarantee.
Make sure that you clearly state your shipping and payment terms in your listings. We encourage you to communicate with your buyer to see if you can reach a solution that works for both of you. However, if the buyer won't pay, report the unpaid item in the Resolution Centre. You can then offer the item to another buyer or relist it and request a final value fee credit.
Results of an investigation
Because we respect the privacy of our members, we don't discuss the results of an investigation in detail. However, we might contact you to tell you that an investigation is complete.
Before we take action against a member, we consider the circumstances of the violation and the member's buying and selling record. Our actions may include removing listings and range of other actions, including limiting buying and selling privileges and account suspension. Out of fairness to our members, if a complaint can't be proven, we don't act.
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