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eBay Revises Animal, Weapons and Used Clothing Policies in Australia

eBay Australia has updated policies in three main categories that deal with items that are prohibited or restricted on eBay. The three policy revisions impact the animals and wildlife products policy; the firearms, weapons and knives policy; and the used clothing policy. Among the changes is a global ban on items made from rhinoceros.

eBay Australia noted that the guidelines apply to items sold on eBay.com.au, international websites may have different rules. It explained the changes in an announcement board post as follows.

The revised animals and wildlife products policy more clearly sets out what is and is not permitted to be sold on eBay.com.au. Some changes have been made to the guidelines on Animal products and Ivory to align this policy to other eBay sites. We are also introducing a global ban across all eBay sites on items made from rhinoceros.

The firearms, weapons and knives policy has been rewritten to consolidate guidelines from the Weapons and Knives and Firearms, Ammunition, Replicas and Militaria policies, which have now been retired. The revised policy more clearly sets out what is and is not permitted to be sold on eBay.com.au. A number of guidelines have been added relating to ammunition, pellet guns, military items, firearms, hand weapons, other weapons and replica firearms to align this policy to other eBay sites.

The revised used clothing policy more clearly sets out the types of clothing that are restricted or are not permitted to be sold on eBay.com.au and how these items may be described in a listing.

In a section in its used clothing policy called “Why does eBay have this policy,” eBay states, “We require our buyers and sellers to follow all laws and government health codes, and to list items in an appropriate manner. For health and hygiene reasons, we don’t allow the sale of used underwear. We also don’t allow items that are adult or inappropriate in nature.”

More information can be found on the eBay Australia announcement board.

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