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Chance listings policy

Listings that offer an opportunity to win an item by chance or contest are not allowed on eBay.

This policy was updated 14 June 2023 and is effective as of 18 July 2023.

Giveaways and contests are strictly regulated, so we don't allow listings that sell a chance to win a prize.

What is the policy?

Listings that offer an opportunity to win an item by chance or contest are not allowed. This includes mystery boxes, giveaways, lotteries, sweepstakes, random drawings, raffles and contests.

Case breaks, box breaks and pack breaks may only be sold by pre-approved sellers under the following conditions:

  • There is no element of chance involved to determine what the buyer will receive
  • Buyers receive the entire pack, box or case they purchased

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.

Why does eBay have this policy?

This policy helps ensure that important government regulations are followed.

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