How to report inappropriate buying and selling
We'll investigate and try to resolve cases of inappropriate buying or selling. If you encounter something that breaches our policies, want to know about it.
How to know what to report
If you see a suspicious listing or if a member's behaviour appears to breach our policies, first review our rules and policies to make sure the issue is something we'll investigate.
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How to report a policy breach
If you see a listing you think breaches a policy, click the Report item link on the right side of the listing page. We'll review your report and take appropriate action.
For other types of policy breaches, follow the directions on the page that describes the relevant policy.
Don't use the Was this page helpful? area on this page (or any other Help page) to report breaches. Issues reported this way will not be investigated.
What we'll investigate
What we won't investigate
We don't investigate simple misunderstandings, members who won't communicate, and personal disputes between members. If you have a problem with a purchase or sale, you should try to work it out in the Resolution Centre.
Here are some examples of behaviour we won't investigate:
Someone outbid me at the last minute.
Placing a high bid in the closing seconds of an auction-style listing is called 'sniping' within the eBay community. Sniping is part of the eBay experience, and all bids placed before a listing ends are valid, even if they're placed one second before the listing ends. Learn how to avoid being outbid.
The buyer left negative Feedback for me even after I left positive Feedback for the buyer. eBay will only remove Feedback in certain situations, such as a Feedback comment containing obscene language.
Results of an investigation
Because we respect the privacy of our members, we won't discuss the results of an investigation in detail. However, we may contact you to tell you that the investigation has been completed.
Before taking action against a member, we'll consider the circumstances of the breach and the member's buying and selling record. Our actions may include removing listings, sending a warning notice, limiting buying and selling privileges and account suspension. Bear in mind that not all of our actions will be obvious to other members.
Out of fairness to our members, we won't take action if a complaint can't be proven.