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Is My Item Allowed at Amazon.com?

Marketplace sellers can list against items in our catalog. Auctions and zShops sellers must be aware of our Prohibited Content policy below.

Amazon.com Auctions and zShops adhere to a community standard that's probably about what you'd expect in your own community. Auctions and zShops transactions should be fun for all involved, and certainly should not be a minefield of inappropriate or illegal items. Participants are expected to conduct proper research to ensure that the items posted to our Auctions/zShops sites are in compliance with all local, state, national, and international laws. We want everyone to be comfortable with the content of the Auctions and zShops we host. If we determine that the content of a listing is prohibited, we may summarily remove or alter it without returning any fees the listing has incurred. Amazon.com reserves the right to make judgments about whether or not content is appropriate. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the items we prohibit.

  • Pornography. Pornography; X-rated movies; home porn; hard-core material, including magazines, that depict graphic sexual acts; amateur porn; soiled undergarments; sexual aid devices; and "adult-only" novelty items that are primarily sold through adult-only novelty stores and erotic boutiques are not permitted. Prophylactics and other over-the-counter contraceptives may be listed. Furthermore, unrated erotic videos and DVDs and properly censored erotic artwork and magazines of the type you'd find at a typical bookstore are also permitted. All Auctions and zShops items that contain nudity, graphic titles, and descriptions must be sufficiently concealed with censor strips.
  • Offensive material. What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect. This includes items such as crime-scene photos or human organs and body parts. Amazon.com reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of listings posted to our site. Also, be aware of cultural differences and sensitivities. Some items may be acceptable in one country, but unacceptable in another. Please be careful to post Auctions/zShops items that are appropriate for our global community.
  • Illegal items. Items sold on the Amazon.com Web site must adhere to all applicable laws. This includes the sale or auction of items by individuals outside the United States. Some items that may not be sold at the Amazon.com Auctions and zShops sites include: Cuban cigars, stocks and securities, lottery tickets (including grab bags and raffles), illicit drugs, prescriptive devices and drugs, cable descramblers, lock-picking devices, smart cards, and any product which may lead to the production of an illegal item or illegal activity. Packaged food that meets all applicable federal, state, and local standards for sale to consumers is permitted.
  • Stolen goods. If Amazon.com learns that an item listed in zShops or Auctions is not the property of the seller, or was obtained through illegal means, we will immediately cancel the listing in question.
  • Items that infringe upon an individual's privacy. Amazon.com holds personal privacy in the highest regard. Therefore, items that infringe upon, or have potential to infringe upon, an individual's privacy are prohibited. Additionally, the sale of marketing lists (bulk e-mail lists, direct-mail marketing lists, etc.) is prohibited.
  • Solutions manuals. Manuals or teacher's editions that provide answer keys to student textbook editions are prohibited.
  • Recopied media. Copies, dubs, duplicates, or transfers of books, music, videos, software, images, etc., are prohibited. Just as you cannot sell a photocopied book without the author's permission, you cannot sell copies or duplicates of videos, music, video games, software, photos, etc. Likewise, you cannot sell transferred media--whether laserdisc to video, CD-ROM to cassette tape, or from the Internet to any digital format--unless explicitly approved by the author.
  • Promotional media. Movies, CDs, software, books (including advance reading copies and uncorrected proofs), etc., that are produced and distributed for promotional use only are prohibited for sale through Amazon.com.
  • Video games. Video games sold through Amazon.com must be full retail versions. Recopied and transferred video games are prohibited. Mod chips, silver disks, video game emulators, Sega bootdisks, game enhancers, unauthorized video game compilations, and accessories are also prohibited.
  • Software. Only full retail versions of software may be sold through Amazon.com. Software that has been copied or duplicated in any format is prohibited. Additionally, academic, OEM, back-up, fulfillment, promotional, beta (prerelease), unauthorized freeware/shareware, and "softlifted" software versions are prohibited.
  • Movies. Copies of movies (VHS, DVD, etc.) may not be sold through Amazon.com. Also, movies that have been transferred from one format to another are not permitted. For example, NTSC to Pal and Pal to NTSC conversions are not permitted. Unreleased/prereleased movies, screeners, trailers, unpublished and unauthorized film scripts (with no ISBN number), electronic press kits, and unauthorized props are prohibited.
  • Television programs. Copies of television programs, including pay-per-view events, are prohibited. Commercially produced and licensed copies of television programs are permitted. Unauthorized television programs and programs never broadcast, unauthorized scripts, unauthorized props, and screeners are prohibited.
  • Music. Recopied music in any format is prohibited. Bootlegs, unauthorized live concerts, unauthorized soundboard recordings, unauthorized merchandise, etc., is not permitted.
  • Satellite. Any item that enables unauthorized transmission/reception of a satellite broadcast/signal is prohibited. This includes H cards, test cards, smart cards, etc.
  • Replicas of trademarked items. The sale of unauthorized replicas, or pirated, counterfeit, and knockoff merchandise is not permitted. For instance, replicas of Rolex watches may not be posted at Amazon.com.
  • Rights of publicity. Celebrity images and/or the use of celebrity names cannot be used for commercial purposes without permission of the celebrity or their management. This includes product endorsements and merchandise such as posters, mouse pads, clocks, clothing, and unauthorized celebrity image collections.
  • Domain names. Because of the legal complexities regarding the sale of domain names and the potential for trademark or copyright infringement, the sale of Internet domain names is prohibited.
  • Firearms, ammunition, and weapons. Amazon.com does not permit the listing of projectile and concussive weapons that employ gunpowder or explosives. The prohibited list includes, but is not limited to, ammunition, rifles, shotguns, pistols, other firearms, and fireworks. Other prohibited items include: automatic knifes, throwing stars, spring-loaded knives, switchblades, crossbows, hunting bows, gravity-assisted knives, butterfly knives, throwing knives, nunchaku, weighted clubs, brass knuckles, BB guns, paintball guns, pellet guns, tasers, stun guns, pepper spray, mace, blowguns, weapons designed to be concealed, and any other item deemed inappropriate for the Amazon.com community. Toys that fire rubber pellets or foam darts are permitted.
  • Advertisements. Listings that are intended wholly or mainly as "portals" to commercial or private Web sites for the purposes of advertising, or that offer contact information for non-Amazon.com Auctions or zShops transactions, are prohibited. Links to outside Web sites intended to sell items--particularly those with non-Amazon.com ordering tools or information--are prohibited. Additionally, small promotional logos may be included within a listing to credit outside services (payment processing, image hosting, or listing services, etc.) that relate directly to the item for auction or sale. Promotional messages and solicitations may not be communicated within a promotional credit logo. The promotional credit logo may not exceed 100 x 40 pixels in size.
  • Products that have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC is a federal regulatory agency that is committed to ensuring that only safe consumer products are available to the public. Amazon.com wants to ensure that the products offered through our site are safe and do not pose a risk to our participants; therefore, items that have been recalled by the CPSC are prohibited. For a comprehensive list of recalled items, please visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site.
  • Living creatures and unauthorized/illegal wildlife products. The sale of live creatures and illegal wildlife products is prohibited, and this includes any type of pet or livestock. Furthermore, the sale of unauthorized wildlife items is prohibited. This includes illegal animal byproducts (skins, organs, tissue, bones, feathers, etc.) of animals and endangered species. As with all products posted to our site, please be sure to conduct proper research to ensure that your Auctions/zShops items are in compliance with all laws. The sale or auction of plants is permitted. Also, the sale of live shellfish and crustaceans is permitted, as long as the seller adheres to all state and federal laws concerning the delivery and sales of these perishable food items.
  • Real estate. Real estate laws and commission structures differ dramatically from state to state. Because of the legal complexities regarding the sale of real estate, real estate is not permitted for sale through the Auctions and zShops sites.
  • Wine and other alcoholic beverages. Local, state, and national government agencies heavily regulate the transaction of wine and other alcoholic beverages. Conducting sales of alcoholic beverages can be legally complex in nature; therefore, they are prohibited for sale through our site.

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