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eBay is Banning E-Cigs

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In the past day, I have seen 2 different people commenting on eBay banning E-cig product sales. I have recently purchased a few items on eBay myself. I didn’t really think much of it. I was checking my Facebook feed today and found this post.

Sad Day for me and my business

Ebay Has banned vaping products.

I thought we were close to winning the fight.

Now im not so sure

Ron Kirk

From what I understand, eBay has always prohibited the sale of e-liquid, but now they’ve decided to put an end to e-cigs altogether. I don’t know if it’s been in the rules in the past, but I decided to look up the policy on eBay. While researching this today, I found that the Tobacco Policy below is nothing new, it’s just that sellers have ignored it and rolled the dice or sold items without mentioning any key words that might get them noticed.

Here’s what I found on eBay’s Tobacco Policy Page. Again, I don’t know when this was last updated, but it clearly states that Electronic Cigarettes and components are “Not Allowed” and I am told that it’s not really new.

Allowed Items:

  • Nicotine patches or gums
  • Promotional items with tobacco brand logos, such as calendars, hats, and shirts
  • Memorabilia, posters, or similar items (including vintage) for tobacco products
  • Tobacco seeds
  • Vintage ads for tobacco products

Restricted Items:

  • Cigar bands and packaging can only be listed individually if they don’t include actual tobacco
  • Items that are used for smoking tobacco—including cigarette papers and pipes—as long as they follow our drugs and drug paraphernalia policy

Items Not Allowed:

  • Any item containing tobacco and intended for consumption
  • Blunts or cigar wraps
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Cigarettes (including flavored cigarettes)
  • Cigars
  • Cuban cigars
  • Dipping tobacco
  • Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and components
  • Herbal cigarettes or herbal tobacco (sometimes called nicotine-free cigarettes or tobacco-free cigarettes)
  • Hookah or Shisha molasses that contains tobacco
  • Including photos of cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco items when selling cigar bands, collectible packaging, or other accessories
  • Loose leaf tobacco
  • Nicotine inhalers or nasal sprays
  • Pipe tobacco
  • Smokeless tobacco

The line that says mentions Electronics Cigarettes is plain and simple and pretty much blankets all E-cig items, tanks, mods, etc. I am sure you could sell rebuilding materials still.

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A quick search of eBay right now shows that people still have auctions up for E-Cig components.

I started digging a little deeper and found that Grimm Green mentioned this on his blog a couple of days ago.

It’s been speculated for a LONG time now.  I’ve personally seen RBAs and Clone mods listed on eBay many many times.  According to their official policies “Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and components” are strictly forbidden.  Along with Hookahs, Chewing tobacco and cigars. 
Grimm Green

I also found a thread on AR-15.com.

Right now, they have deleted many of the “ready to go” kits from popular sellers, EHPro Kayfun Clones still available, some batteries/mods have disappeared , I have a ton of grey boxes in my watch list now where the image of them used to be. The descriptions are also gone so I’m not exactly sure what is in common with the deleted stuff from at least 5 different sellers.
brass from AR15.com

This poster mentioned that he got an message from a seller he had purchased items from before:

Hello, eBay is starting to shut down all Vaping Products on their Website and I am one of the chosen ones. They have already shut down most of the products I sell and I only have a few remaining. I am writing this e-mail to you because you have been one of my customers on eBay and I want to give you a chance to see my New Web Store. I was forced by eBay to start this store and I was hoping that you will come and be one of my first customers. I still have the same products and the same prices that I had on eBay.
eBay Seller

For even more discussion about this, check out this Reddit thread that was started a couple of months ago about eBay pulling Innokin listings.

My Take?

I believe eBay is within their own rights to decide what to let people buy and sell on their site, but they need to enforce it 100% or take the rule away. Personally, I don’t see any issues eBay would encounter by allowing the sales of tanks and mods, but I wouldn’t allow the sales of e-juice if I owned eBay. Too slippery of a slope.

It’s pretty clear that eBay has recently decided to start enforcing this rule. Why now?

What do you think?

About the author / 

Chris

I am a long time smoker that has gone Vapor! After smoking for 27 years, I put them down and haven't taken a single puff since switching to electronic cigarettes. I am saving money! My health is improving! Everything is getting better... and oh BTW, Ecigs taste so much better than cigarettes!

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4 Comments

  1. william throop June 29, 2014 at 10:18 pm - 

    Any more news on Ebay and Vaping supplies??
    I don’t want to resort to fastech. lol

    • Chris June 30, 2014 at 12:13 am - 

      It seems as if there are still plenty of vape related auctions still flying under the radar, but with all the comments I’ve seen lately, some are getting deleted. It just seems that they are cracking down more. Maybe there are some users reporting auctions now. Who knows.

  2. Bill July 1, 2014 at 6:19 pm - 

    I just bought a Vamo kit off ebay two weeks ago, the vamo, 18650 batteries, charger, couple of clearomizers. Still lots of stuff out there for bid or sale. I’ve been looking for an taste 134, a few dozen on ebay still.

  3. James February 13, 2015 at 8:07 pm - 

    I have been selling vape products on eBay for a while. It has been an interesting journey. I have had a couple of dings from eBay because of complaints from OEM manufacturers complaining that clones were “counterfits.” I can understand that. In the MOD market, the line between clone and counterfit is pretty gray. I guess if a clone is too good… Very few MOD’s have any technology that is unique enough to patent, so it is kind of open season, except for trademark violation.
    Recently, I have taken a couple of hits because of this policy. It does seem odd to me that you can sell a tobacco pipe, but not a Mechanical MOD. The wording in the email to me I think is telling: “Based on a warning and requests from the FDA, eBay decided not to allow e-Cigarettes or their accessories on the site. ” Sounds like eBay is getting pressure from big brother to me. What the FDA can not do by legislation or regulation, they will try to do by intimidation and strong arming… Or am I just paranoid?


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