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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
- 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
- Solutions manuals. Manuals or teacher's editions
that provide answer keys to student textbook editions are
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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