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What items are prohibited?

Many laws, regulations and policies, in a variety of jurisdictions, regulate the goods and services that may be bought and sold. For your convenience, we have prepared a list of some of the types of prohibited and restricted items the advertisement for sale of which is not permitted on Bonanza.

Bonanza users remain responsible for complying with all applicable laws, regulations or restrictions on items, services, or manner of sale, payment or exchange, that may apply to transactions in which they participate -- including but not limited to those imposed by the state of Washington, where the Bonanza service physically resides. We encourage you to research the applicable laws and regulations that may apply to your transaction.

 

Partial list of items for sale and services the advertisement of which is not permitted on Bonanza:

  • Fake, imitation, or knock off items.
  • Wholesale and distributor lists.
  • Adult content of any kind/obscene material/child pornography. If you wouldn't want an eight year old looking at it, it is best to sell it elsewhere.
  • All lingerie pictures must be on mannequins (it's too difficult for us to enforce what is and isn't too racy otherwise)
  • Nude photos of any sort.
  • Offer or solicitation of illegal prostitution.
  • Weapons and related items, including but not limited to firearms, disguised, undetectable or switchblade knives, martial arts weapons, scopes, silencers, crossbows, ammunition, ammunition magazines, BB guns, tear gas, pepper spray or stun guns.
  • Items issued to United States Armed Forces that have not been disposed of in accordance with Department of Defense demilitarization policies.
  • Fireworks, including but not limited to "safe and sane" fireworks or any destructive devices or explosives.
  • Controlled substances or illegal drugs, substances and items used to manufacture controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.
  • Alcohol or tobacco products.
  • Prescription drugs and medical devices, including but not limited to prescription or contact lenses, defibrillators, hypodermic needles or hearing aids.
  • Nonprescription drugs that make false or misleading treatment claims or treatment claims that require FDA approval.
  • Blood, bodily fluids or body parts.
  • Household pets of any kind including but not limited to dogs, cats, primates, cage birds, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, fish. Re-homing with small adoption fee OK
  • Pet animal parts, blood, or fluids - including but not limited to stud/breeding service
  • Restricted or regulated plants and insects, including but not limited to noxious weeds, endangered plant species, or live insects or pests.
  • Pesticides or hazardous substances, or items containing hazardous substances including but not limited to contaminated toys, or art or craft material containing toxic substances without a warning label.
  • Illegal telecommunications equipment, including but not limited to access cards, password sniffers, access card programmers and unloopers, or cable descramblers
  • Stolen property, or property with serial number removed or altered.
  • Burglary tools, including but not limited to lock-picks or motor vehicle master keys
  • False identification cards, items with police insignia, citizenship documents, or birth certificates.
  • Counterfeit currency, coins and stamps, tickets, as well as equipment designed to make them.
  • Counterfeit, replica, or knock-off brand name goods.
  • Items that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance, or promote organizations with such views. We'll also remove listings that graphically portray graphic violence or victims of violence, unless they have substantial social, artistic, or political value.
  • Material that infringes copyright, including but not limited to software or other digital goods you are not authorized to sell, warez, bootlegs (without consent of the brand).
  • Airline tickets that restrict transfer, and tickets of any kind which you are not authorized to sell.
  • Coupons or gift cards that restrict transfer, and coupons or gift cards which you are not authorized to sell.
  • Gambling items, including but not limited to lottery tickets, sports trading card 'grab bags', raffle tickets, sweepstakes entries or slot machines.
  • Used or rebuilt batteries, or batteries containing mercury.
  • Used bedding and clothing, unless sanitized in accordance with law.
  • Non-packaged food items or adulterated food.
  • Bulk email or mailing lists that contain names, addresses, phone numbers, or other personal identifying information

Related Links

The following links may be helpful in researching whether a particular transaction is prohibited or regulated:


Other Users Say

DakotaGold says: February 02, 2009

The FTC is a very important agency which every seller should check with before ever listing any item. Check the rules, guidelines and laws governing your items to be sure that you are marketing them appropriately. By typing the product into the search browser in the top, right corner, you will learn what federal laws you need to be aware of.

http://www.ftc.gov/index.shtml

bonanzamark (Bonanza Staff) says: May 10, 2012

Public domain media policy/Policy overview

Before you sell any media, such as music, movies, or photos, you’re responsible for finding out if the media you’re planning to sell contains content that’s protected by copyright. If it is, be sure to follow the guidelines in our copyright basics policy.

Any media that are no longer protected by copyright are sometimes described as having entered the public domain. To find out more about public domain media, see the U.S. Copyright Office website.

You can describe the content offered in your Bonanza listing as having entered the public domain as long as you meet both of these requirements:
You’ve checked to make sure the content is in fact in the public domain, and

*Your listing includes both of the following details:

- The date (day, month, and year) the media was first created or released

- The date (day, month, and year) it became part of the public domain*

However, we don’t allow sellers to describe content as having entered into the public domain if the content was created or released in 1972 or later.

Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn’t, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including limits of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

If you see listings that offer unauthorized copies of media, please report it to us at support@bonanza.com