With more than 100 million people who are members of eBay and many thousands of items sold every day, it can sometimes seem that you can buy or sell via eBay – at great prices. However, there are limits to what can be bought and sold, and these need to be taken into account.
There are certain types of items that eBay does not allow to bid through its website:
– Services are one type of "item" that is not provided for sale on eBay – simply because it is not really the subject. Yes, it's true that some vendors obviously ignore this rule and sometimes get it – but we warn that if you do, you pick the risk, including a permanent ban on eBay.
– eBay is a legitimate business and therefore does not allow the sale of goods that is illegal to sell. Types of things in this category are things that are illegal to sell in any format, such as satellite descramblers.
– You may not sell infringing items. For example, copy a DVD, CD, or software. However, you can sell DVDs, CDs or softwares if you are selling an original, rather than a copy. In addition, if you are the copyright owner (or an authorized copyright owner), it's also possible to sell – for example – if you build your own original music, create your own movie or write your own program – create a DVD or CD and sell on eBay, if you wish.
– eBay does not allow the sale of "replicas" – knocking designer items such as purses, dresses, shoes or sunglasses that look virtually identical to those with designers' designations (some replicas are actually as if they were, that they are knocked, even have labels that look almost exactly like original designers).
– eBay also prohibits items that are regulated by the state or the federal government. These include alcoholic beverages, weapons and firearms, all tobacco products and prescription drugs and illicit drugs.
There are a number of very few and very specific exceptions to these rules, but for some types of collection items (for example, unopened collection tin containing non-edible tobacco may be permitted under certain circumstances). If this is an area you are interested in, you will need to read the eBay site carefully.
– Lottery and puppet tickets can not be sold on eBay.
– Tickets for concerts and sporting events may, however, be sold because in many jurisdictions it may be illegal to sell them at a higher price than you originally paid for them (called "ticket scaling"). if you do, it is generally not important that you sell them.
– Live animals, as well as stuffed and deployed animals, may not be sold on eBay. In addition, you must not sell items that come from endangered animal species such as ivory.
If you are not sure whether an item is eligible for sale on eBay, you should first check the rules on your site and if you are unsure contact eBay and ask. In any case, it is most important to remember that you are not immune to the law just because you are selling online: you always have to ensure that your auctions and whatever it is that you sell complies with all local, state or federal laws that apply to are related to you.