Some items that cannot be sold on eBay include any material that violates copyright laws, alcoholic beverages, tobacco and animals. More surprising items that cannot be sold include partially-used cosmetics and eyeglasses.
Users are not allowed to sell any illegally-made edition of copyrighted material on eBay, including pirated movies, music, TV shows or software. Fake knockoffs of designer clothing, sunglasses, handbags and other accessories are also not permitted on eBay.
Both alcohol and tobacco products are not allowed on eBay, though there are some exceptions. These products may be sold when they are vintage collectibles with value in the packaging, not the products themselves. In these listings, sellers must indicate that the alcohol or tobacco is not for consumption and take measures to ensure that the buyer is of an appropriate age.
Live animal sales are not permitted on eBay, and most animal products are also forbidden, including pelts or stuffed animals from endangered species. The site does allow limited sales of ivory and tortoise shell, but the regulations concerning these items are complex.
Certain items are forbidden as part of consumer protection measures. Eyeglasses, for example, are classified as medical items, which eBay does not allow users to sell. The company’s cosmetics policy also strictly states that all cosmetic products sold on the site must be unopened.