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Catalogue sales policy

Listings of catalogues from which buyers may directly order are not permitted.

Old and collectable catalogues (from which you can no longer place an order) are permissible. However, the title or description may not contain extensive lists of specific items included in the catalogue. Sellers wishing to list these catalogues should review the ‘Additional Information’ section below and adhere to its policies.

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

  • “Current Spring Catalogue, Buy It Now (BIN) for $0.99” is a violation because it is a current catalogue from which a buyer may directly order.
  • “Catalogue from 1939” is permitted because it is an old or collectable catalogue where items can no longer be ordered, and the listing does not contain an extensive list of brand names, items, categories, or prices.

Additional Information

Requirements for selling catalogues
Old and collectible catalogue listings must abide by the following guidelines:

  • The seller of old and collectable catalogues may not benefit from any subsequent sales from suppliers.
  • No extensive lists of specific brand names, items, categories or prices may be used in the title or description of the item listing (eg: Sony, Prada, Gucci, Handbags for $29.95). Any additional information or categories sellers wish to provide should be provided through a “further information” link allowed on all listings. Before adding a “further information” link to your item listings page, please review the eBay links policy. Old and collectable catalogues may not be combined as a bonus item with any other listing.

Why does eBay have this policy?

Listings that offer catalogues clutter the site making it harder for buyers to find relevant items and harder for sellers to sell actual items. Furthermore, these listings undermine the trust and legitimacy of eBay’s marketplace.

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