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.
Ebay Has banned vaping products.
I thought we were close to winning the fight.
Now im not so sure
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.
- 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
- 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)
- 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.
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.
I also found a thread on AR-15.com.
This poster mentioned that he got an message from a seller he had purchased items from before:
For even more discussion about this, check out this Reddit thread that was started a couple of months ago about eBay pulling Innokin listings.
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?