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Offensive Material

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.

Sellers may not list items that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial or religious intolerance, or items that promote organizations with such views.

Sellers wishing to list items that may be covered by this policy must review the “Examples” section for detailed information about items that may and may not be permitted on eBay.

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

eBay has always exercised judgment in allowing or disallowing certain listings consistent with the spirit of a worldwide community. Therefore, eBay will judiciously disallow listings or items that promote or glorify hatred, violence, or racial intolerance, or items that promote organisations (such as the KKK, Nazis, neo-Nazis, Aryan Nation) with such views. For example, eBay will generally remove items that bear the marks of such organisations, such as relics from the KKK or certain Nazi items, regardless as to whether the marks are visible or covered.

Under this policy, eBay may in its discretion, remove items and refund listing fees when the item or description graphically portrays violence or victims of violence, and lacks substantial social, artistic or political value. For example, eBay may disallow sales of explicit crime scene photographs or morgue photos, while permitting military documentaries or photographs of war victims. eBay may also, in its discretion and out of respect for the families of murder victims, remove listings of items closely associated with individuals notorious for committing murderous acts within the last 100 years, such as personal belongings of such criminals, letters or artwork created by such criminals, or novelty items that bear the name or image of the criminal.

Further, eBay will remove any listing and suspend the members involved where it appears that a person convicted of a violent felony is attempting to use eBay (directly or through another person) to benefit financially from his or her criminal notoriety. eBay will review listings that are brought to its attention by its worldwide community, and will look at the entire listing to determine whether it falls within this rule.

Items related to Natural Disasters or Human Tragedies

eBay does not permit listings that graphically portray, glorify or attempt to profit from human tragedy or suffering, which lack substantial social, artistic, or political value. This includes items that may be deemed inappropriate or insensitive to victims of natural disasters or human tragedies.

Exception: Items related to natural disasters or human tragedies that have substantial social, artistic or political value are generally permitted on eBay. Such items may include newspaper clippings, documentaries, books, and commemorative photographs or paintings.

Examples of items that will generally be removed:

  • Items that bear symbols of the Nazis, the SS, or the KKK, including authentic German WWII memorabilia such as Olympic medals that bear such marks.

  • Items that were owned by or affiliated with Nazi leaders

  • Music or films that promote hatred and racial supremacy

  • Holocaust denial books

  • Crime scene photographs

  • Morgue shots

  • Letters and artwork from notorious murderers

  • Electric chairs and related capital punishment items

  • Confederate battle flag and related items with its image

Examples of items that may generally be listed:

  • German coins and stamps from the WWII era regardless of markings

  • WWII memorabilia that does not bear the Nazi or SS markings

  • Books and movies about WWII or Nazi Germany, that do not contain propaganda even if the Nazi symbol appears on the item

  • War documentaries or documentary photos portraying victims of war or violence provided they do not contain propoganda

  • Items of historical importance associated with acts of violence against public figures

eBay's community is a diverse, international group of members with varied backgrounds and beliefs. It's easy to imagine how some items listed on eBay might be offensive to our members. However, one of eBay's great strengths is the diversity of its membership and the items they trade. eBay believes that it's important to respect (and learn from) that diversity. That's why eBay generally permits listings of "practically anything on earth," even items which some of us may find offensive.

Fundamentally, though, eBay is a community, and members of a community must respect each other as human beings. Listings that promote hate, violence or racial intolerance (or organisations dedicated to such notions) have no place in a true community we're all here to trade, to do business, and to have fun with each other. eBay will not become a platform for those who promote hatred toward their fellow man. Further, eBay is now a worldwide community; with many users residing in countries where the possession or sale of items associated with hate organisations is a criminal offence.

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