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Test listings policy

eBay permits the use of ‘test’ listings by its members only in the in the Everything Else > Test Auctions category. See ‘Additional Information’ for guidelines on test listings.

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.

Additional Information

Guidelines for Test Listings

  • Listings in the Test Auction category must be clearly labelled as a ’test’, both in the listing title and description.
  • No more than 10 test listings should run at once by a single account.
  • Accounts that leave or receive feedback in the Test Auction category must be used for test purposes only. This means that members must use a different account to leave or receive feedback for test purposes than is used for buy or sell on the site. Accounts found to be in violation of this guideline will be subject to immediate suspension.
  • Any Feedback left on test listings should be clearly labelled ‘test’.
  • All 'test' feedback is subject to removal at any time, at eBay's discretion.

Why does eBay have this policy?

eBay understands that some members may want to ‘test’ some listings prior to the actual listing. The policy guidelines have been put in place to ensure the safety of the eBay marketplace for all members.

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