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Unwelcome and Malicious Buying


As a seller, you can block bidders and buyers at any time before a listing ends, and you can cancel unwelcome bids. After you cancel a bid, the bidder can't place a new bid without your permission. you can add the bidder’'s user ID to your blocked listto prevent them from bidding again.

Additionally, members are prohibited from bidding on or purchasing an item to disrupt or to leave non-positive Feedback or detailed seller ratings for the seller, with no intention of completing the transaction.

Breaches of this policy may result in a range of actions, including:

  • Listing cancellation

  • Limits on account privileges

  • Account suspension

  • Forfeit of eBay fees on cancelled listings

Failure to meet a seller's terms


  • A seller states that their item will only be posted domestically. The buyer is registered outside the postage area.

  • A seller states that buyers with negative feedback comments are not permitted to bid. The buyer has negative feedback.

Buying with the intent to disrupt a listing


  • A buyer places a bid that exceeds the value of the item to prevent a sale.

  • A buyer bids on multiple items listed by a seller without intent to complete the sale.

  • A buyer attempts to purchase an item after having been placed on a seller's blocked bidder list.

Report a buyer who bid with intent to disrupt a listing.

Important: Buyers who fail to respond or who back out of a transaction are breaching the unpaid item policy.

Preventing Unwelcome Buying

In addition to reporting a member to eBay, there are several steps sellers can take to prevent unwelcome buying including:

This policy is intended to protect the integrity of the eBay marketplace by prohibiting conduct that would interfere with the completion or performance of eBay transactions.

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