Rules and regulations
Another advantage of an eBay business is that you shouldn’t be too tangled up in red tape. With no extra staff necessary and the ability to run the entire business from home, you won’t be spending your days getting an ulcer over regulations.
Although eBay itself is user-friendly and a pleasingly accessible marketplace for your products, it does have several rules which you have to abide by. The most significant of these rules for small firms concerns what you can or can’t sell on the site.
Here is a list of items completely prohibited by eBay:
Drugs and drug paraphernalia
Firearms, ammunition, replicas and militaria
Government identification, licences and uniforms
Government, transit and postal-related items
Items encouraging illegal activity
Mailing lists and personal information
Medicine and healthcare products policy
Weapons and knives
In addition, the following items can only be listed under strict conditions:
Animals and wildlife products
Artefacts, antiques, cultural items and grave-related items
Charity or fundraising listings
Contracts and tickets
Counterfeit currency and stamps
Digitally delivered goods
Electrical and electronics equipment
Human parts and remains
Plants and seeds
Stocks, bonds, securities and related certificates
Obviously most UK small firms wouldn’t consider selling human remains or grenade launchers, but it’s worth going through this list as selling agreements on items such as football and aeroplane tickets are strictly controlled.