Categorisation of listings policy

Items must be listed in the appropriate category.

Activity on eBay is required to:

  • Follow all applicable laws
  • Respect the rights of third parties
  • Follow the eBay User Agreement
  • Follow this eBay policy

If activity doesn’t meet these requirements, eBay may take action consistent with applicable laws and the eBay User Agreement, and may even be legally required to do so. Such actions may include, as an example only: administratively ending listings or cancelling transactions, hiding or lowering the placement of listings in search results, lowering seller rating, restricting buying or selling, forfeiture of fees, loss of buyer or seller protections, restricting access to member communication and rating tools, removing feedback, and account suspension.

Some Examples

  • A silver necklace should be listed in the jewellery category, not in consumer electronics
  • A cookbook should be listed in the books category, not in sports memorabilia

Additional Information

Guidelines for listing items are outlined in the eBay User Agreement.

Why does eBay have this policy?

Categorising items in an inappropriate category results in a poor shopping and finding experience for buyers since incorrect categorisation returns listings in which the buyer may have no interest. Incorrect categorisation also results in an unfair playing field for sellers who categorise their items appropriately and may receive fewer potential buyers.

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