eBay Removes “Adult Only” Category, Adult Items Banned

eBay severely restricts adult items by removing categories, banning international shipping

Though it has long been divorced from prudish PayPal, eBay had decided to take a similar pearl-clutching approach to adult items sold on its platform. eBay has announced that it is removing the “Adults Only” category (and all of its sub-categories) effective June 15, 2021, and is permitting only a handful of items to be listed on its site going forward. All adult magazines and movies are prohibited – except for the magazines Playboy, Playgirl, Mayfair, and Penthouse. eBay will also allow “nude art listings that do not contain sexually suggestive poses”, and (naturally) eBay will define both “art” and “sexually suggestive” on its own unknown standards. Sex toys can still be listed, but the listings will not automatically be moved to the next most appropriate category – sellers must manually edit/update their listings before June 15 or find all of their listings deleted. Sex toys and accessories can only be sold new in their original packaging, cannot be shipped internationally, and cannot contain nudity or sexual content in the listing images.

RIP to the sellers of used dildos and worn panties on eBay. If you would like a similar platform, might I suggest eBanned?

“We want to make adult items available to those who wish to purchase them and can do so legally, while preventing those who do not wish to view or purchase these items from easily accessing them.” – eBay