eBay Refurbished Program

How to qualify for the eBay Refurbished Program.

What is eBay Refurbished inventory?

eBay is the go-to destination for buying and selling refurbished inventory. Buyers can shop with confidence on eBay knowing they can find fully functional refurbished products in Certified, Excellent, Very Good, and Good conditions at great prices, and sellers can qualify to sell refurbished products based on consistent refurbished condition requirements.

Sellers who qualify for the eBay Refurbished program may offer products that are in Certified - Refurbished, Excellent, Very Good, and Good conditions, and have been refurbished directly by a manufacturer or manufacturer-approved refurbisher. eBay Refurbished conditions give buyers a clear, consistent, and seamless shopping experience, and deliver the same seller standards and item quality each time they purchase refurbished products on eBay from qualified sellers. Sellers benefit from better organization of listings with consistent refurbished conditions that help streamline buyers’ purchase decisions and reduce “item not as described” returns.

eBay refurbished conditions

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Certified - Refurbished: The item is in pristine, like-new condition; comes from a manufacturer or manufacturer-authorized reseller.
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Excellent - Refurbished: The item is in like-new condition; comes from a quality vetted seller.
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Very Good - Refurbished: The item shows minimal wear; comes from a quality vetted seller.
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Good - Refurbished: The item shows moderate wear; comes from a quality vetted seller.

Program benefits

Benefits
Excellent, Very Good, and Good Refurbished Conditions
Certified Refurbished Condition
Allstate warranty
1 year 2 year
eBay Money Back Guarantee protection


30-day free returns


Pre-qualified sellers, multi-point inspection

Free shipping


Warranty included with every product

eBay has partnered with SquareTrade, an Allstate company, to include a two-year warranty with every Certified Refurbished product. Buyers should file claims directly with Allstate.

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eBay Certified Refurbished condition

On eBay, a certified refurbished item means that it’s in pristine, like-new condition, and has been professionally inspected, cleaned, and refurbished to original specifications by the manufacturer or a manufacturer-approved vendor. The item is expected to be in new packaging with original or new accessories, offer a manufacturer-backed warranty, and include free shipping and returns.

Once you meet qualification requirements, you can use the “certified refurbished” condition and add the description in your listings, including titles, subtitles, and product descriptions to improve your listings visibility.

Qualifying for certified refurbished means that:

  • Your listings can be found under the Certified refurbished condition on eBay
  • our listings will stand out from listings by having the eBay Refurbished badge in Search, View Item, Check out and order confirmation pages
  • You can attract buyers looking for a quality item at a good price
  • Instill buyers trust and confidence in their purchases

How to qualify as a Certified Refurbished seller

To qualify for the certified refurbished program, you must meet a strict set of requirements, including proof that refurbished inventory was purchased directly from the manufacturer or authorized seller. eBay will review your account and inventory to ensure you meet all of the following program requirements:

  • You are the manufacturer, or manufacturer-approved vendor, in which case you will need to provide evidence that you are authorized to resell the manufacturer’s products
  • You are in good standing, have average or better service level metrics, and follow all eBay policies
  • Your inventory meets certified refurbished condition requirements:
    • Professionally refurbished to a high standard, with few or no visible blemishes
    • Sold by or sourced directly from the manufacturer, with proof of purchase or authorization and a manufacturer’s warranty
    • Listed with free shipping and 30-day free returns
    • Shipped in new packaging (similar to new packaging or brown box) with original or new accessories

Certified refurbished qualifying categories

  • Air Purifiers
  • Air Tools & Air Compressors
  • Alarm Systems
  • Alternative Energy (solar)
  • Apple Laptops
  • Audio Docks & Mini Speakers
  • Bicycles
  • Camera Drones
  • Camping & Hiking
  • Car Audio
  • Carpet Cleaners
  • CCTV Systems
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Cell Phone Accessories
  • Cell Phone Headsets
  • Cell Phones & Smartphones
  • Computer Components & Parts
  • Console Gaming
  • Console Gaming Accessories
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Desktop Computers
  • Digital Cameras
  • DJ equipment
  • Door & Window Sensors
  • Door Entry Systems & Intercoms
  • DVD & Blu-ray Players
  • e-bikes
  • Electric Scooters
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Fitness Technology
  • Gaming Headsets
  • Glass Break Detectors
  • Graphics Tablets Boards
  • Hair Styling Devices
  • Headphones
  • Home Audio
  • Home Security Parts
  • Home Surveillance Parts & Accessories
  • Home Theater Projectors
  • Home Theater Systems
  • Humidifiers
  • Hunting
  • Inflatable Mattresses, Air beds
  • IP & Smart Security Camera Systems
  • Irons/ steamers
  • Key Fobs
  • Keyboards
  • Laptops and Netbooks
  • Lawn Mowers
  • Media Streamers
  • Mice
  • Monitors
  • Networking (Boosters extenders and antennas)
  • Networking (modem)
  • Networking (modem-router combo)
  • Networking (USB wifi adaptors/Dongles)
  • Networking (wireless routers)
  • Networking (wireless access points)
  • Non-programmable Thermostats
  • Office Equipment
  • Office Furniture
  • Office projectors
  • Outdoor Power Equipment
  • Padlocks
  • PC laptops and netbooks
  • PC/Laptop Headsets
  • Personal Alarms
  • Pool Equipment
  • Space Heaters
  • Air Conditioners
  • Fans
  • Power Tool & Air Tool Accessories
  • Power Tools
  • Printers
  • Programmable Smart Home
  • Remotes & Wireless Transmitters
  • Safes
  • Security Bars & Grills
  • Security Camera Brackets & Mounts
  • Security Camera Cases & Housing
  • Security Camera Controllers
  • Security Camera Lenses
  • Security Camera Microphones
  • Security Camera Power Supplies
  • Security Cameras
  • Security Keypads
  • Security Timers
  • Sensors & Motion Detectors
  • Sewing machines
  • Sirens
  • Small Kitchen Appliances
  • Smart Home Hub Accessories
  • Smart Home Hub Parts
  • Smart Home Hubs
  • Smart Light Bulbs
  • Smart Light Fixtures
  • Smart Light Strips
  • Smart Lighting Accessories
  • Smart Lighting Kits & Hubs
  • Smart Lighting Parts
  • Smart Plugs
  • Smart Speaker Accessories
  • Smart Speaker Parts
  • Smart Speakers
  • Smart Speakers, Hubs & Accessories
  • Smart Watches
  • Smoke & Gas Detectors
  • Steam Mops
  • Surveillance DVRs & NVRs
  • Surveillance Illuminators
  • Surveillance Monitors & Displays
  • Surveillance Video Processors
  • Tablets
  • Thermostats
  • TV & Video
  • Vacuums
  • Vehicle Electronics
  • Video Game Console
  • Water & Temperature Detectors
  • Window & Wall Air Conditioners

Apply to become a Certified Refurbished seller

If you meet the program criteria and wish to participate, please submit an application to express your interest. You will be contacted within two weeks. (Canada-based sellers only)

If you are outside the US, please see the eBay USUK or Australian Certified Refurbished program pages.

eBay Excellent, Very Good, and Good refurbished conditions

In order to meet the needs of our buyers and offer a consistent and cohesive shopping experience that they can trust, eBay offers a wide spectrum of refurbished item conditions from vetted sellers for them to choose from. In order to qualify to sell in these conditions, items must be fully functional, professionally inspected, cleaned, and refurbished to our grading requirements by condition. The item is expected to be in new packaging with original or new accessories, and include free shipping and returns.

Once you meet qualification requirements, you can use the Excellent, Very Good, & Good conditions along with adding these descriptors in your listings, including titles, subtitles, and product descriptions to improve your listings visibility.

Please note this program is currently only applicable to the Cell phones & smartphones category. Please check back as we expand to additional categories.

Qualifying for certified refurbished means that:

  • Your listings can be found under the Excellent, Very Good, and Good conditions on eBay
  • Your listings will stand out from listings by having the eBay Refurbished badge in Search, View Item, Check out and order confirmation pages
  • You can attract buyers looking for a quality item at a good price
  • Instill buyers trust and confidence in their purchases

How to qualify as an Excellent, Very Good, and Good refurbished seller

To qualify as a seller of refurbished products in Excellent, Very Good, and Good conditions, you must meet a strict set of requirements, including diagnostic test results that show your refurbished inventory meets the eBay-defined grading criteria. eBay will review your account and inventory to ensure you meet all of the following minimum program requirements:

  • You are in good standing, have average or better service level metrics, and follow all eBay policies
  • Account status: eBay Top Rated Seller
  • Service metrics: >98.5% feedback score, Defect rate <0.5%, Late delivery rate <5.0%, Return rate <10.0%
  • Shipping: 0-1 handling, free shipping, 30 day free returns accepted
  • Quality: Items must be fully functional, tested, and refurbished to a high standard
  • Once accepted in the program, items will be graded according to criteria set by eBay.
  • Shipped in new packaging (similar to new packaging or brown box) with original or new accessories

If you have not yet been approved as an Excellent, Very Good, and Good seller, but believe your inventory qualifies, you can submit a Program Application and a team member will respond within 30 days.

eBay Refurbished program FAQs

Outside of cell phones, there are two refurbished item conditions: “Seller refurbished” and “Certified refurbished.” If you are not eligible to list your items as “Certified refurbished,” you will need to list them as “Seller refurbished.” Within the Cell Phones & Smartphones category, four refurbished conditions are available to quality vetted sellers. If your inventory does not meet eBay Refurbished requirements, you will need to list under “Used.” Learn more.

If a buyer has a problem with their order, or if they change their mind about a purchase, they’ll get in touch with you and ask for help. As part of requirements for the eBay Refurbished program, all sellers offer free returns. A return of such an item would be handled like any other return. Learn more.

In order to ensure that an item sold as “eBay refurbished” meets a consistent standard of buyer expectations, we’re using both the seller standing and average or better service level metrics for all sellers in this program.

At this time, we do not have an automatic exemption or review of VeRO permissions. It is possible that authorized sellers may be mistakenly contacted by a brand to cease and desist listing until they demonstrate evidence of reseller status. Learn more.

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