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Chance listings policy

Policy overview

eBay does not permit listings that promote giveaways, lotteries or raffles as these promotions are highly regulated and may be illegal under UK (or Irish) law. eBay may run such promotions on the site, and may grant authorisation to its partners or third-party companies to run promotions that comply with applicable laws.

Make sure your listings follow these guidelines. If they don't, some or all of your listings may be removed or may not display in eBay search results. You may be subject to a range of other actions, including listing fees not being refunded and limits of your buying and selling privileges.

What are the guidelines?


Bonus items are allowed as long as you follow these rules:

  • Don’t set any conditions that must be met before the bonus applies.

  • Offer the exact same bonus item to all buyers in multiple item listings.

  • Bonuses, free gifts, and other items that don't significantly affect the value of the item may not be included in the listing title.

Grab bags can be listed as long as you follow these rules:

  • Identify all contents: the number, quality, or condition of each item doesn't need to be identified.

  • Don't single out anything that "may" be included with significant monetary or collectible value.

“Box breaks” or similar trading card listings are allowed as long as you follow these rules:

  • Don’t call out a chance to win a specific card of significant monetary or collectible value.

  • You must offer a full refund if the box doesn’t contain the certain team or player the buyer purchased.

 Not allowed

  • Mystery items where contents aren’t identified.

  • An opportunity to win an item by chance or skill.

  • Giveaways, lotteries, sweepstakes, random draws, raffles or contests.

eBay urges its sellers and buyers to comply with all governmental laws and regulations. Since lotteries, bonuses, and giveaways are regulated or may cause harm to eBay or its members, sellers may not list them on eBay.

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