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Prohibited items guidelines

Last updated December 7, 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. We've also chosen not to allow items that we feel are inappropriate for our community or could be considered offensive.

Before posting your items, please read the guidelines below to ensure that they are OK to sell on OfferUp. Also please review our Posting rules and Community guidelines.

The following items are not allowed for sale:

  1. Alcohol, drugs & tobacco
  2. Adult & mature content
  3. Animals
  4. Wildlife products
  5. Counterfeit and replica items
  6. Dangerous items
  7. Food items
  8. Gift cards
  9. Illegal items or encouraging illegal activity
  10. Intangible items
  11. Medical & healthcare items
  12. 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

Our policy around animals and wildlife products represents OfferUp’s commitment to improving animal welfare in our own communities and in helping to protect threatened and endangered animals around the world.   

You can certainly post many types of animal products. However, live animals are never allowed, including:

  • Pets
  • Farm animals and livestock
  • Insects
  • Marine life

For more information, visit our detailed list of Animals.

Wildlife & wildlife products

You can certainly post many types of animal products. However, wildlife products that were sourced illegally or are being traded in contravention of any law are prohibited.

For more information, visit our detailed list of Wildlife & wildlife products.

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

Shipping and counterfeit items

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
  • Regulated chemicals, poisons, or substances
  • New or used airbags sold separately from a vehicle
  • 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 are not allowed due to the risk for buyers. 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:

  • Items with sensitive information such as IDs, passports, and social security cards
  • Fake or forged documents (such as licenses, IDs, diplomas, and government-issued documents)
  • Items received through Government Assistance
  • Offers to trade for illegal goods
  • Police badges or security uniforms, as these can be used to impersonate an officer or gain access to secure areas
  • Locked phones or devices, for example blacklisted, activation, iCloud or similar locks
  • Current vehicle license plates or plates that were valid in the last 5 years
  • Licence plate tags
  • TV streaming devices
  • Cars without titles
  • CO2 and nitrous canisters or cylinders
  • Stolen or found goods

Intangible Items

OfferUp is intended for the sale of individual, tangible items. Items must exist and be available for immediate sale. Examples of things that are not allowed include:

  • Services for intangible items such as dog walking, babysitting, and IT support
  • Advertisements
    • Links to or information about flea markets, yard sales, and garage sales
    • URLs, links, or redirecting to other websites
    • Rentals and timeshares
    • Multi-level marketing schemes and related promotional materials
    • Job postings
    • Lost pet ads
  • Wanted ads
  • Solicitations
  • Digital account transfers

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

Help keep our community strong

If you see a prohibited item on OfferUp, please report it in the app. On that item’s page, tap Report icon Report, then Prohibited on OfferUp, then Done. For more information on reporting users and items, please see Reporting/blocking users and items.

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

Non-compliance

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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