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Ebay cracks down on coupon sellers – new policy!


Ebay cracks down on coupon sellers – new policy!


In an applauded effort to crack down against rampant coupon fraud, Ebay has changed its’ policy regarding selling coupons. The following came from Ebay’s policy overview:

Allowed: You may sell up to $100 or 25 valid, unexpired, original coupons per month.


Coupons for “free” products: You can’t sell coupons for “free” products. This restriction includes coupons for free items, or coupons where the coupon holder buys a quantity of items at one price, and receives additional items for free.

Electronic “scanned” coupons: All coupons sold through eBay must be physical coupons printed on paper, not coupons that can be sent electronically to the buyer to be printed. Also, to reduce the potential for coupon fraud, don’t include unaltered scans of coupons in their listings that could be copied, printed, and redeemed in stores.

Note: The sale of scanned or photocopied coupons may violate federal copyright laws, and sellers of unlawful items like these could face prosecution under federal law. We don’t allow the sale of these kinds of coupons.


In the additional information section says you can’t claim selling the time to clip the coupon, rather than the coupon itself, since the coupon is what is being sold (We all know this is the weak getaround by all coupon sellers)  then states you must abide by the verbiage on the coupon. Doesn’t the verbiage on all coupons state the coupon cannot be transferred or sold?  So, shouldn’t Ebay ban selling coupons altogether?


What are your thoughts on Ebay’s revised coupon policy?


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  1. Paul

    The coupons actually say, VOID IF ALTERED, TRANSFERRED, SOLD, REPRODUCED OR EXCHANGED. That means that if I buy a sunday paper and take the coupons out and hand them to my neighbor they are VOID because it have “transferred” them. Have you ever gathered 1000 coupons from recycle bins? Then taken the time to list each coupon, research a fair price for your time, cut each one (without damaging the bar code, date, or redeeming address). There is a ton of work involved. Why should that be classified as a weak get around?

    1. DanaPots

      Thank you for your comment, and for the legitimate sellers who list coupons, I am sure it is very time consuming if they are indeed going through the amount of labor you describe. I wonder if that is the case for the mountains of free product coupons you see listed on Ebay, and in that instance it is a getaround. The item for sale is the coupon, and probably a fake one at that.
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  2. Ellen

    Interesting to know new policies, thank you!
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    1. DanaPots

      Thanks for stopping by!
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  3. Erinn S

    I have never thought to check Ebay for coupons! I am visiting from http://www.3sonshavei.com/ and would love to have you stop by! 🙂
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    1. DanaPots

      I would be cautious in using Ebay as a source for coupons! I did stop by, and entered the Foster Farms giveaway 🙂
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  4. Don

    I don’t utilize ebay much anymore. The new coupon policy was the icing on the cake.

  5. Alex Gadd

    It has being a couple of years since this post was first published that I am writing this but I must say that I personally I think that eBay is being a bit foolish by banning the sales of coupons on their site, and purchasing stub hub where coupons must be sold on, is a bit silly if you ask me.
    Yet eBay does make its own rules, which we who choose to use their services are forced to buy and sell on.

    1. DanaPots

      Thanks for stopping by, even a couple years later Alex 🙂
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