|Thu Jan 26 2017 15:02:30|
eBay Destroys Items that Violate Policy
By: Ina Steiner
Be advised, if you use eBay's Global Shipping Program
and violate the marketplace's Prohibited Items policy, your item could be destroyed.
That's what happened to a US collector when he sold an item on eBay to a buyer was in Spain. eBay instructed the seller to send the item to its Global Shipping Center in Kentucky, operated by Pitney Bowes, which would then forward the item to the buyer.
However, the item violated the terms of eBay's Prohibited Items policy, eBay told the Jewish Exponent
. Because of that, eBay (or Pitney Bowes) destroyed or "disposed of" the item.
Since its inception, sellers have reported that they must proactively opt-out of the Global Shipping Program if they don't wish to participate - sometimes several times - so it's worth checking periodically on whether your listings are in the program or not.
It's also worth noting that it's the seller's responsibility to make sure their listing aren't in violation of marketplace policy. And when you agree to sell internationally, make sure your transactions are lawful in both the country of the seller and the country of the buyer.