Restricted Items on eBay - dummies

By Marsha Collier

Because some items are prohibited in one place and not another, eBay lists a few items that you can trade but that are restricted and regulated. As a member of eBay, you’re responsible for knowing the restrictions in your area — as well as those on the eBay website.

Certain items are illegal in one geographic area and not another. This list mentions a few of the major questionable items:

  • Event tickets: Laws regarding the resale of event tickets vary from state to state, even city to city. Some laws prohibit reselling the ticket for a price higher than the amount printed on the face of the ticket. Some states limit the amount you can add to the ticket’s face value. Be sure to double-check your state website for laws covering ticket sales.

    Be certain that you’re following the appropriate laws for your area.

  • Wine and alcohol: Selling wine and alcohol on eBay — and anywhere else, for that matter — is tricky business. For starters, you have no business in this business unless you’re at least 21 years old. eBay does not permit sales of any alcohol products unless they are sold without their contents for their “collectible” containers.

    You may sell wine for consumption if you have a license to sell and ship wine and are pre-approved by eBay.

    For the latest news and all the clickable links you need to keep your wine-shipping business on the good side of the law, check with the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agency of your state. The Wine Institute page also gives the latest info on the status of shipping wine in the United States.

  • Erotica: Some forms of erotica are allowed on eBay, some in Adult-only and others in the Health & Beauty→Health Care→Sexual Wellness category. See what eBay’s policies on what it allows and what it prohibits.