Ebay Items and Their Listing Rules

By: James Murray

There are many scammers lurking on the Internet and because eBay's marketplace is huge, filled with members from all walks of life, and in every single country around the world, strict rules have to be enforced. eBay has specific rules concerning the items that can be auctioned off on their website in order to better protect the buyers. If these rules are not followed, people posting these items for auction will be banned from ebay's website.

Even though there are numerous categories, items that are put up for auction really only fall into one of four categories at eBay. Prohibited, Questionable, Potentially Infringing, and Approved are the four categories. Approved is the first and simplest category to define, follow and understand, and an approved item is any product or item that does not fall into one of the other three categories. It is that simple, right? Or is it?

After the 'approved' category, however, it starts to get a little harder to understand, with the exception of prohibited items. A prohibited item may not be auctioned on eBay for any reason, under any circumstances. Prohibited items include alcohol, drugs, animals, tobacco, human remains or body parts of any type, lottery tickets, and governmental property. There is quite a bit more on the list, and that list can be viewed at the eBay website.

Questionable items are those that are not prohibited, but are not necessarily infringing. Adult material falls under the 'questionable' category, tickets of any type, law enforcement related equipment, guns, knives, and other weapons are questionable items. Also on the list of questionable items are artifacts, food items, batteries, all hazardous chemicals and materials. As long as certain items meet the approved conditions, you can auction questionable items at eBay.

Those items that violate copyrights, trademarks, and other legal rights are Potentially Infringing items. These items are almost always some type of media, such as software, DVDs, and CDs, plus counterfeit items and illegal recordings. But, the list contains many other items as well. You can find out more about 'potentially infringing' items at the eBay website as well.

You should contact eBay if you are unsure as to which category your item falls into before setting up the auction. As a buyer carefully consider the consequences of purchasing items that fall under one of the three categories above. It may be very illegal to have some of those items in your possession, no matter how they were obtained. You should find out more details about the items in question, and then get some legal advice before making a purchase, or bidding on such a product.

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