Presale listings policy
Presale listings generally consist of items that are sold before they're available to the public, such as video games, tickets, and custom-made items. (For the rules on certain promotional items and event tickets, see Additional information.) These items often aren't in the seller's control or possession when they're listed.
If you want to sell presale items, be sure to meet all of the following criteria:
We may approve certain sellers with verified fulfillment agreements to offer items outside of these guidelines.
Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including limits of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.
eBay, at its discretion, for special promotional events, may approve an actual manufacturer of an item to sell an item outside the 30-day pre-sale guideline as long as the manufacturer is supplying the item for sale. These exceptions will be made for certain promotions and must be approved prior to listing items for sale on eBay that fit the exception above.
Subscriptions are considered presale items and typically aren't allowed to be listed on eBay. We may approve certain first party suppliers to offer subscriptions outside of these guidelines.
Layaway payment programmes
Layaway payments and similar payment programmes aren’t allowed because the item will not generally be dispatched to the buyer within 30 days of the purchase date.
For pre-release items and accessories, we may block listings until there are no more than 30 days to the release date of the item.
Why does eBay have this policy?
The presale listing guidelines are designed to allow members to buy and sell items that aren't available yet and to protect members from a potentially bad transaction.
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