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Want ads or trades

If you intend to sell on one or more of eBay's international sites, you will need to accept, and we encourage you to carefully review, the User Agreement, policies, and other requirements of that site. You can continue to reach out to the relevant customer service teams on the respective eBay site of your listing or transaction, as may be applicable to the nature of your query.

With the exception of listings in a non-binding bid category (e.g. Real Estate), listings describing a desire to buy or trade items are not permitted. However, Want Ads are permitted in eBay’s Want It Now area.

Violations of this policy may result in a range of actions, including:

  • Listing or Want It Now post cancellation

  • Forfeit of eBay fees on cancelled listings

  • Limits placed on account privileges

  • Loss of PowerSeller status

  • Account suspension

  • A listing specifying “Will trade blue shirt for red one” is not permitted because it is a trade or barter.

  • A listing with “Looking for tickets to the Olympics” is not permitted as a listing but would be permitted in the eBay Want It Now area.

The purpose of the listing page is to describe the item for sale and not to trade for or look for other items. Listings that are advertisements for buying or trading items provide a poor buying experience and make it harder for all members to sell items. To address members’ desire to post want ads, eBay created the “Want it Now” area, where these types of postings are permitted and encouraged.



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