Some items are copyright infringement and can actually land a seller in federal prison:
1. Knock offs of air, TV shows or movies. The “bootleg” movies, for archetype, are generally fabricated by guys who sneak a movie camera into a newly-released movie where presumably, they crouch behind a seat and accomplish a crummy copy. There is a ample production of these counterfeit items in Asia where US laws accept no adeptness.
2. Software and computer games can likewise be copied and their sale is unlawful by all US laws.
Naturally, the items above may be sold if you accept a copy that you purchased legitimately and no longer appetite.
3, The so-called “replica” marketplace for handbags, designer sunglasses and clothing is definitely forbidden although these items are generally sold in physical stores around the US. Ironically, when attending eBay Alive In Advanced Orleans in 2004, we activate a store in one of their famous markets selling replica purses that were not allowed on eBay.
4. Apathetic and less-than-above board sellers generally steal copyrighted material from other sellers. This has happened to me abounding times and eBay has a program called VERO (Verified Rights Owner) that will remove offending auctions, although there seems to be no penalty attached to the seller, which is adverse.
5. Alcoholic beverage sales are not allowed although a beverage “container’, especially those of wine, may be sold for its amount.
6. Cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco or coupons for such items are not permitted on eBay.com.
The Ebay rules for collectible tobacco and alcohol containers are the selfsame:
* The amount of the item is in the collectible packaging, not in the wine/tobacco itself.
* The listing description should state that the parcel has not been opened, but that the twine/tobacco within is not for consumption.
* The collectible tobacco packaging must not be available at any retail outlet, and packaging must accept a amount that substantially exceeds the current retail price of that wine/tobacco product in the parcel.
* Sellers must booty steps to arrange that the buyer of these collectibles is at least 18 age of age
7. Firearms are strictly regulated by US constitution and may not be sold on eBay.
8. Spacecraft and cable TV descramblers are forbidden by the Federal Trade Commission.
9. Animals and wildlife products may not be sold, which includes stuffed birds and pelts from endangered species. There are limited sales of ivory, tortoise shell, marine products and other items relating to animals. This area is certainly circuitous and any would-be seller needs to thoroughly accept the assorted laws before getting involved in these sales.
10. Accident tickets accept state-by-state laws that accomplish their sale circuitous. Some states, for instance, forbid anyone to accomplish added than a few dollars in profit (or no profit at all) on the resale of tickets. For instance, Florida constitution states that tickets can be resold at no added than face amount plus $1. In such states, these regulations apply alone to buyers and sellers located in the selfsame state as the actual accident, acceptation if a seller lives in Florida, he can’t profit from ticket sales to Florida events. However, if he lives in any of the other 39 states, this restriction doesn’t apply.
11. Listing a catalog of items that a seller offers for sale is forbidden. The alone catalogs legally sold on eBay are collectible kinds, such as an aged Sears Roebuck or Montgomery Wards catalog that is memorabilia and doesn’t action current merchandise for sale.
12. Raffles and prizes are 100% prohibited. According to eBay, such promotions are highly regulated and may be unlawful in abounding states.
There are other kinds of merchandise that a seller may not sell on eBay, so carefully check eBay rules before listing anything. It’s much bigger to apperceive the rules in advance of spending almighty dollar that can’t be recouped.
About the author:
Apprentice how to sell on eBay with 16 hours of online instruction taught by a 10 year eBay veteran. Own an eBay bag instead of an eBay hobby.
Originall posted April 10, 2012