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The Ebay Blacklist

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The Ebay Blacklist

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Summary:
eBay can be most likened to an online flea market. But, as with most flea
markets, there is always the possibility that questionable hawkers lurk
around the corners. Therefore, there must be rules in place to insure
that the auctions and transactions formed through eBay are legal. Only
then can a market – online or not – flourish.

Certain types of items are prohibited or regulated on eBay. eBay reserves
the right to terminate auctions that violate its specifications for a...


Keywords:
ebay, auctions, selling, buying


Article Body:
eBay can be most likened to an online flea market. But, as with most flea
markets, there is always the possibility that questionable hawkers lurk
around the corners. Therefore, there must be rules in place to insure
that the auctions and transactions formed through eBay are legal. Only
then can a market – online or not – flourish.

Certain types of items are prohibited or regulated on eBay. eBay reserves
the right to terminate auctions that violate its specifications for
allowed items on listing. In the case of such, eBay emails the bidder and
the seller to notify them of the violation and to explain the need to
terminate the auction.

eBay’s policies describe items that may not be posted for auction. They
fall under three categories: Prohibited Questionable, and Potentially
Infringing.

Prohibited
This describes items that are not permitted on eBay. This list includes
alcohol, tobacco, drugs, animals, human parts or remains, government
properties, lottery tickets, and others. eBay contains a complete list of
such in their policy statement.

Questionable
Items listed as questionable can be posted provided they follow certain
conditions. For example, some adult material may be listed for auctioning
only if they are posted in the Mature Audiences section of eBay. Event
tickets may be sold provided that the auction closes before the actual
event itself. The list also includes batteries, artifacts, food, used
items, event tickets, weapons and knives, police related equipment,
Freon, hazardous chemicals, offensive material, mature audiences
material, international selling, and international buying among others.
Potentially Infringing
Items listed under this heading may be legal. However, they almost always
violate copyright, trademark, and other rights. Some examples of such
are: academic software, beta software, bootleg recordings, contracts and
tickets, downloadable media, movie prints, OEM software, Replica and
counterfeit items, and unauthorized copies.

This list is updated periodically and is incorporated into the User
Agreement of eBay. These guidelines do not represent legal advice. It
would do well to check with law enforcement agencies, a lawyer, or other
legal outlets to verify the legality of a questionable item to be posted.

This policy applies even if you offer to give your item away for free. As
long as it is posted on eBay, it is subject to the abovementioned policy.

As a final note, it is   stressed that the buyer if subject to liability if
he or she purchases an   illegal item. It is still the responsibility of
the buyers and sellers   to monitor the legality of their transactions
since eBay is merely a   facilitator in the market process.

								
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