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Prohibited Items Guidelines

Last updated January 18, 2018

Although most things can be sold on OfferUp, certain items aren't allowed. Some present legal risks or may pose health and safety issues to others. Additionally, we've chosen not to allow items that we feel are inappropriate for our community, including those that could be considered offensive.

Before posting, please read the Prohibited Items list below to ensure that your items are OK to post. Additionally, please review our Posting Rules and Community Guidelines. For items that may be subject to regulatory restrictions, it's a good idea to make sure your item is legal to sell before posting on OfferUp.

The following items are not allowed for sale:

  1. Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco
  2. Adult & Mature Content
  3. Animals & Animal Products
  4. Counterfeit and Replica Items
  5. Dangerous Items
  6. Food Items
  7. Gift Cards
  8. Illegal Items or Encouraging Illegal Activity
  9. Intangible Items
  10. Medical & Healthcare Items
  11. Offensive Materials


Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco

Alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and related products are often subject to regulatory restrictions and are illegal for sale in some cases. Because we can't enforce these laws and regulations, we don't allow these items for sale, including:

  • Alcohol
  • Prescription drugs
  • Drugs, narcotics, or controlled substances (even those that are legal in some states)
  • Items marketed for the purpose of intoxication
  • Drug paraphernalia such as bongs, vaporizers, and pipes
  • Tobacco and related products, including e-cigarettes, e-juice, vaporizers, mods, hookahs, and hookah accessories

Adult & Mature Content

OfferUp strives to be an open marketplace but understands that not all people want to see explicit sexual content. Items intended for adult use or that contain explicit sexual content are not allowed on OfferUp, such as:

  • Explicit sexual content or nudity
  • Pornography
  • Adult toys

Animals & Animal Products

Certain animal products are highly regulated, and the breeding and sale of live animals can result in risk of harm to animals. To protect the welfare of endangered, live, and companion animals and to comply with laws and regulations, the following are not allowed on OfferUp:

  • Pets and other live animals
  • Animal products derived from endangered or threatened species

Counterfeit or Replica Items

The sale of bootlegs, counterfeits, fakes, and unauthorized or pirated copies of items is illegal and not allowed on OfferUp, including:

  • Counterfeits, fakes, and replicas of brand-name items, including items “inspired” by a brand without permission of the owner
  • Bootlegged or unauthorized recordings
  • Pirated copies of any copyrighted materials
  • Use of a trademark or other implied affiliation with a brand

For more information, visit our Intellectual Property Policy.

Dangerous Items

Items that pose health and safety concerns or that are regulated or illegal are not allowed on OfferUp. These include but are not limited to:

  • Firearms, no exceptions.
  • Knives primarily used as weapons or for self-defense. Note: Cutlery, kitchen, and utility knives are generally permitted
  • Mace, pepper spray, bear spray, tasers, and other weapons used to subdue humans or animals
  • Paintball guns, BB guns, guns that fire blanks, Airsoft Guns, and all related ammunition and accessories
  • Sporting weapons such as bows and arrows, crossbows, and archery items
  • Swords, if sharpened or functional. Note: Decorative blunt swords are generally permitted
  • Weapon parts and accessories, including any item that attaches to a firearm, ammunition, bullets, clips, arrows, and bolts
  • Body armor, including Kevlar and other tactical and protective vests, except protective clothing for sporting activities
  • Hazardous Materials such as:
    • Fireworks
    • Explosives
  • Recalled Items
    • Items subject to recall
    • Items deemed to pose significant health or safety risks to others

Food Items

The sale of homemade prepared food is subject to regulatory guidelines and often requires a permit. Because we can't enforce these restrictions, prepared food is not allowed. Examples:

  • Most perishable goods, including meat, seafood, dairy, and cut fruits or vegetables
  • Homemade shelf products, such as jams, jellies, and pickles
  • Homemade meals or baked goods
  • Eggs sold outside of the seller's farm

Exceptions to this policy include:

  • Whole, uncut fruits and vegetables
  • Eggs sold directly on the seller's farm
  • Unopened and packaged commercially sold food goods (canned soup, packages of cookies, etc.) as long as the packaging has not been tampered with and the items are sold before their expiration date

Gift Cards

Gift cards and reloadable cards can be risky for buyers because the balance can't always be verified and sometimes the card balance can be used or cancelled by the original purchaser.

Illegal Items or Encouraging Illegal Activity

Any item that is illegal or that encourages illegal activity is not allowed, including but not limited to:

  • Stolen or found goods
  • Items received through Government Assistance
  • Fake or forged documents (such as licenses, IDs, diplomas, and government-issued documents)
  • Offers to trade for illegal goods
  • Police or Security badges or uniforms. These items can be used to impersonate an officer or gain access to secure areas.

Intangible Items

OfferUp is intended for the local sale of individual, tangible items. Items must exist and be available for immediate sale to be listed. The following are examples of items not allowed:


  • Services for made-to-order items such as custom food items and flowers
  • Services for intangible items such as dog walking, babysitting, and IT support


  • Links to or information about flea markets, yard sales, and garage sales
  • URLs or links to websites
  • Rentals and timeshares
  • Multi-level marketing schemes and related promotional materials
  • Job postings
  • Lost pet ads
  • Automotive financing. Note: Individual vehicles can be posted for sale.

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Medical & Healthcare Items

Due to health and safety, privacy, and regulatory concerns, certain medical and healthcare items are not allowed for sale on OfferUp, including but not limited to:

  • Devices, drugs, and medications that require a prescription from a licensed medical practitioner (such as a dentist, doctor, optometrist, or veterinarian)
  • Pills, vitamins, and supplements
  • Contact lenses
  • Used cosmetics
  • Used makeup sponges and applicators
  • Needles and items containing needles (such as syringes or tattoo equipment)

Offensive Materials

OfferUp is an inclusive community that welcomes users from all backgrounds. To build a respectful mobile marketplace, posts that contain foul language or that promote hatred, violence, or discrimination are not allowed. This includes posts that support hate or discrimination toward others based on age, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation, or items that promote or glorify organizations with such views. Examples:

  • Posts containing racial slurs
  • Posts promoting intolerance or discrimination
  • Items that promote, support, or commemorate groups with views of hatred or intolerance (for example Nazi, Neo-Nazi, or KKK groups)
  • Items that depict or glorify violence against people or animals

For additional restrictions on behavior such as profanity and harassment, please see Community Guidelines.

Help Keep Our Community Strong

If you find posts containing items on this list, please report them to us. For more information on how to report users and items, please see Reporting/Blocking Users and Items.


Posts that violate any of our guidelines, policies, or terms may be removed at our discretion. Additional actions may be taken for severe or repeat offenses.

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