Know Your Responsibilities as an eBay User
5 of 11 in Series: The Essentials of Joining the eBay Community
Click the User Agreement link at the bottom of any eBay page for the current eBay Rules and Regulations. Be sure to read the User Agreement thoroughly when you register. Here are the nuts and bolts of the agreement:
You understand that every transaction is a legally binding contract.
You agree that you can pay for the items you buy and the eBay fees that you incur.
You understand that you’re responsible for paying any taxes.
You’re aware that if you sell prohibited items, eBay can forward your personal information to law enforcement for further investigation.
eBay makes clear that it is just a venue, which means it’s a place where people with similar interests can meet, greet, and do business.
When everything goes well, the eBay Web site is like a school gym that opens for Saturday swap meets. At the gym, if you don’t play by the rules, you can get tossed out. But if you don’t play by the rules on eBay, the venue gets un-gymlike in a hurry. eBay has the right to get state and federal officials to track you down and prosecute you. But fair’s fair; if you click the appropriate box on this page, eBay keeps you posted by e-mail of any updates in the User Agreement.