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Restricted adult items policy

Policy overview

Sexually oriented adult material is meant for people who are 18 years and older. Materials adult in nature are not permitted on eBay, as they breach laws in the United Kingdom and many other countries. Some items, though legal to sell to adults outside of eBay, are still restricted on the site.

You can find the limited exception to the policy in the What are the guidelines? section below. The guidelines explain what you can list and what you can't. Additionally, you need to follow any applicable laws or postal restrictions for adult material and adhere to the laws of the countries you are posting to.

Make sure your listings follow our guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and your buying and selling privileges could be restricted.

Sexual Wellness category

Only permitted business sellers can list certain bondage items, sex toys, and sex accessories in the following categories:

  • Health & Beauty > Health Care > Sexual Wellness > Fantasy, Fetish & Accesories

  • Health & Beauty > Health Care > Sexual Wellness > Sex Toys

Permitted business sellers listing items in these categories must meet the following listing requirements:

  • Listings must not contain images of nudity (nudity is defined as male/female genitalia, anus or female breasts where the areola or nipple is visible).

  • Listings can't use language in violation of our profanity policy.

  • Items must be new, in their original packaging.

If you've registered as a business seller on eBay and want to become a permitted seller, please, submit your request at http://programme.ebay.co.uk/new_categories. We will reply to you within 2 weeks.

For non-permitted sellers please see the listing restrictions below.

What are the guidelines?

 

 

Allowed

  • Unrated films that originally had a BBFC rating, or unrated versions if a BBFC rated film (like director's cuts) are permitted if the content of the film isn't sexually explicit or isn't certificate R18 or above.

 

Not allowed

  • Photographs of wives/girlfriends/husbands/boyfriends, even if there's no nudity in the image

  • Hidden camera videos and amateur videos containing adult sexual activity

 

 

Restricted

  • Bondage items are allowed only if they are not modelled on a real person or mannequin and don't contain inappropriate descriptions or images.

 

 

Restricted

  • All used clothing items should include a statement that the item has been properly cleaned.

  • Listings for used clothing that contain inappropriate descriptions will be ended.

  • Footwear listing can't include images that go above the knee or show the foot outside of the footwear. The listing must not mention the word 'fetish'.

  • Underwear listings that include images must indicate the pair being model is not the pair being sold. Underwear listings that aren't clear about whether the underwear is new or used will be removed.

  • See-through clothing is permitted but the listing image may not show any nudity.

 

Not allowed

  • Used underwear can't be listed on eBay even if it is clean. This includes, but it is not limited to, boxer shorts, panties, briefs, nappies, diapers, athletic supporters and socks.

  • Clothing listings with modelled clothing cannot include any information about the person wearing the item.

  • Clothing listings may not contain nudity. Images of models wearing clothing that include sexual aspects, such as details of the genitalia, are not permitted.

 
eBay defines nudity as male/female genitalia, anus, or female breasts where the areola or nipple is visible. Butts (male or female), bare male chests, or female breast where the areola is not visible aren't considered nudity. We won't determine if an item constitutes art, but we'll review the content of the listing description, images and categories to determine if an item should be removed.

Restricted

  • The use of nude images is restricted.

  • Frontal nudity is allowed in Art categories when the item is considered fine art, such as Michelangelo's David, vintage pin-up art, Renaissance-style paintings and nude cherubs.

  • Descriptions of items containing nudity can't contain explicit or overtly sexual content.

  • Nude art listed in the Art categories on eBay.co.uk must include the item specifics attribute Subject: Nudes. This includes listings in:

    • Photographs > Contemporary (1991-Now)

    • Photographs > Modern (1940-1990)

Not allowed

'Adult' or 'sexually-orientated' material that is not permitted includes, but is not limited to:

  • Any visual representation of human genitals presented in such a manner as to suggest sexual activity

  • Any visual representation of any form of sexual intercourse

  • Any materials clearly designed to sexually arouse the viewer/reader

  • Any items which depict human sexual characteristics in a degrading fashion

  • Any item that portrays frontal nudity will normally be treated as 'adult' material, with limited exceptions as set out in the Restricted section

  • Any photo-montage nude image of a celebrity

  • Any items depicting bestiality, rape sex, incest, sadism, masochism or sex with graphic violence and degradation

 

 

Restricted

  • Playboy, Playgirl, Mayfair and Penthouse magazines may be listed if the listing doesn't contain any images of nudity or sexually explicit content.

  • Romance novels are permitted but the description may not contain explicit content.

  • Books on sex, relationships, sexual education and self-help are generally permitted, but the listing can't contain nude images or explicit content.

Not allowed

  • All other adult magazines, nudist publications or adult anime/manga that include sexually explicit content, nudity or sexual stories may not be listed.

 

 

Allowed

  • Unrated films that originally had a BBFC rating, or unrated versions of a BBFC rated film (like director's cuts) are permitted if the content of the film isn't sexually explicit.

  • Any media item that has product details available from the eBay catalogue when listing is generally permitted.

  • Profanity that's part of the original title and description of a DVD or CD is permitted in the listing.

Restricted

  • Films related to sex education, self-help, relationships and sexuality are generally permitted, but the listing can't contain nude images or explicit content.

  • Some movies that may be legal to sell to adults outside of eBay are restricted on the site. Examples include celebrity sex tapes or films (rated up to 18) with violent sexual scenes.

Not allowed

  • Films and video games with a rating above X, XXX, R18 or created for an adult audience may not be listed.

  • Films described as 'strictly for 18+' or 'over 18s only' are generally not permitted, unless it is a mainstream film such as 'Striptease'.

  • Unrated films containing explicit sexual content

  • Adult only video games

 

Not allowed

Child pornography is illegal and not allowed on eBay. eBay may use broad discretion when removing items that depict minors, even if the content is not sexual in nature.

  • Images of minors that are not fully clothed or the item is described based on their clothing.

  • Underage modelling photos are generally not permitted even if the subject is fully clothed.

  • Items using the words 'child', 'children', 'young girls' or 'young boys' to describe an item containing nudity or sexual situations is not allowed. Items with those words or phrases can't be listed even if the performers are 18 years or older or the words are part of the product title.

  • Items described as 'teen', 'teens', 'teenager' or 'Lolita' if they are used in a sexual context and there's no indication that the performer is 18 years or older.

 

 

Restricted

  • Vibrators and massagers intended for sexual pleasure may not be listed. Other massagers can be listed, but if a listing indicates the item is for sexual use it can be removed.

Not allowed

Anything designed for use in sexual or adult activities may not be listed on eBay. At our discretion we may remove items including, but not limited to:

  • Adult-orientated domain names

  • Anatomically-accurate sex dolls

  • Any item which, because of their nature or because of the item description, appear to be designed for use in sexual/adult activity

  • Nude playing cards or trading cards

  • Sex toys

 

Not allowed

  • Obscene materials, while not easy to define, aren't allowed on eBay. For some guidance, at our discretion we prohibit items depicting or describing bestiality, necrophilia, rape, scat and incest (real or fictionalised).

  • Services that include any sexual/adult activity. This includes the suggestion of any form of prostitution, escort service, sexual relationship or other adult-only activity, including 'virtual' boyfriends or girlfriends.

  • Links to sites that contain adult items are prohibited on eBay.

 

Additional information

Is profanity allowed on eBay?

Most profanity is prohibited. But we do allow media titles and descriptions (film titles, CD names or track lists, for example) containing profanity as long as the original production company title or description also contains the profanity. For more information, see our profanity policy.

Why does eBay have this policy?

We want to create an atmosphere that mirrors real life, where adults can purchase legal items, but people who are offended by these kinds of materials don't have to see them.

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