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Stocks and other securities policy

Policy overview

The sale of stock or security interests isn't allowed on eBay. The Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority in the UK and the Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority in Ireland regulate the sale of stocks and other security interests that represent a current investment ownership interest in an entity. They also regulate efforts by individuals to raise money or find investors for businesses.

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.

What are the guidelines?


Some business-related items are not "investments" and may be listed on eBay. Here are some examples of items that can be sold:

  • 100% of the assets of a business (inventory and plant) where no transfer of stock is involved

  • Information about how to start a business

  • Any sale of inventory or fixtures

  • "Turn key" businesses, such as vending machines or windshield repair kits


Examples of stocks and securities that are restricted on eBay:

  • Collectable stock certificates must be cancelled or represent an interest in an entity that no longer legally exists and can't be redeemed for cash or securities in any other company.

Not allowed

Examples of stocks and securities that aren't allowed on eBay:

  • Documentation that represents proof of a current investment interest in any entity; for example, stocks, bonds, or investment interests. This includes, but isn’t limited to, corporations or partnerships.

  • Credit. As an example, you can't sell £1,000 in credit.

  • Solicitations to invest money in any business venture.

  • Any ongoing business if the sale involves a transfer of any shares or interests in shares or any loan stock or other form of indebtedness in that business.

Since the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority place restrictions on Internet sales, we don’t allow the sale of these items on eBay.

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