Prohibited and restricted items

    Before listing your item, make sure we allow it on WomELLE, and find out if we have specific rules and conditions on how you should list it. You also need to make sure that the sale of your item complies with all laws.

    Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including restrictions of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

    Prohibited and restricted items

    • Adult 

    • Alcohol

    • Animals and wildlife products – examples include live animals, mounted specimens, and ivory 

    • Art  

    • Artifacts, grave-related items, and Native American arts and crafts

    • Catalytic converters and test pipes

    • Cell phone (wireless) service contracts

    • Charity and fundraising

    • Clothing, used

    • Contracts

    • Cosmetics

    • Counterfeit currency and stamps

    • Coupons

    • Credit cards

    • Currency, selling

    • Drugs and drug paraphernalia

    • Electronics equipment – examples include cable TV de-scramblers, radar scanners, and traffic signal control devices

    • Electronic surveillance equipment – examples include wiretapping devices and telephone bugging devices

    • Embargoed goods and prohibited countries – examples include items from Cuba

    • Event tickets

    • Firearms, weapons, and knives – examples include pepper spray, replicas, and stun guns (see also military items)

    • Food and healthcare items

    • Gift cards

    • Government documents, IDs, and licenses

    • Government, transit, and shipping-related items – examples include airplane operations manuals, subway employee uniforms, and U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mailbags

    • Hazardous, restricted, or regulated materials – examples include batteries, fireworks, and refrigerants

    • Human remains and body parts

    • Importation of goods into the US – examples include CDs intended only for distribution in a certain country

    • International trading

    • Items encouraging illegal activity – examples include an eBook describing how to create methamphetamine

    • Lockpicking devices

    • Lottery tickets

    • Mailing lists and personal information

    • Medical drugs, devices, and healthcare – examples include prescription drugs, contact lenses, pacemakers, and surgical instruments 

    • Military items (see also firearms, weapons, and knives)                          

    • Multi-level marketing, pyramid, and matrix programs

    • Offensive material – examples include ethnically or racially offensive material and Nazi memorabilia 

    • Pesticides

    • Plants and seeds                           

    • Police-related items

    • Political memorabilia (reproduction)

    • Postage meters

    • Prescription drugs

    • Prohibited services

    • Real estate

    • Recalled items

    • Slot machines

    • Stamps

    • Stocks and other securities

    • Stolen property

    • Surveillance equipment

    • Tobacco

    • Travel

    • Weeds (see plants and seeds)

    Reporting policy violations

    If you see a listing that violates one of our policies, report it by clicking Report item in the listing.

    If we determine that a listing has violated a policy, we email the seller and the buyer to let them know that we've removed the listing from WomELLE.

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