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:

  • Adult content
    • Products that portray nudity in a gratuitous or graphic manner, including but not limited to pornography & X-rated movies
    • Nude images of any sort, unless they have substantial social, artistic, or political value
    • Sexual health products & sexual aid devices
    • Adult-only novelty items
    • Offer or solicitation of illegal prostitution
    • All lingerie pictures must tactful (showing no nudity)
  • Amazon Devices and Amazon Device Accessories
  • Animals and animal products & medications
    • Household pets of any kind including but not limited to dogs, cats, primates, cage birds, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, fish
    • Pet & wildlife parts, blood, or fluids, including but not limited to breeding services, ejiao and badger fur
    • Parts or products from federally endangered or threatened species, including fur and feathers
    • Drugs and medical devices for pets which require a veterinary prescription
  • Automotive
    • Motor vehicles that require registration
    • Vehicle airbags and airbag covers
    • Vehicle airbag inflators and airbag components
    • Motorcycle helmets that do not meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218
    • Vehicle seat belts and seat belt components
  • Cosmetics, skin & hair care
    • Used cosmetics, makeup sponges or applicators
    • Cosmetics, colognes, perfumes, lotions which do not come in the original container
    • Tester and sample items, including perfume testers or samples labeled "not intended for resale"
  • Currency, coins, cash & gift cards
    • Counterfeit currency, coins, stamps, tickets, and paper money, as well as equipment designed to make them
    • Imitation and prop money that is not conspicuously marked “Copy”
    • Coupons or gift cards that restrict transfer, and coupons or gift cards which you are not authorized to sell
    • State or federal assistance benefits
    • Electronically delivered gift cards
    • Legal tender that has been altered outside of numismatic preservation, including but not limited to holograms, overlays, cladding, plating, or colorizing
    • Paper money, bank notes, money orders, bricks, and certificates
  • Dietary supplements
    • Dietary supplements, such as weight loss products, that contain undeclared or prohibited active pharmaceutical ingredients, or are marketed as unapproved new drugs
    • Nonprescription drugs that make false or misleading treatment claims or treatment claims that require FDA approval
    • Products that have been the subject of a prior regulatory action, such as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letters, safety alerts, or recalls, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) emergency scheduling, and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) orders or guidance
    • Nonprescription drugs must be labeled in English, or dual-language including English and a foreign language, per CDC requirements
  • Drugs & drug paraphernalia
    • Controlled substances or illegal drugs and narcotics, including substances and items used to manufacture controlled substances
    • Products that cause or simulate the effects of any illegal drug, such as marijuana, hallucinogens, unwashed poppy seeds, and opium-based drugs
    • CBD, hemp and hemp seeds containing concentrated CBD, resin or THC, or products containing these ingredients
    • Kratom or any variation
    • Products intended to defeat a drug test, such as urine additives and synthetic urine
    • At-home test kits for diseases, viruses and cancers
    • Prescription drugs and medical devices, including but not limited to prescription or contact lenses, defibrillators, hypodermic needles or hearing aids
    • Drug paraphernalia including but not limited to bongs & all related accessories, dab kits, pipes made from metal, glass, stone plastic or ceramic, vaporizers and related accessories
    • Drugs or drug products that have not been approved by the FDA or that have been recalled by the FDA
  • Expired products or products that have been recalled for any reason
  • Fake, imitation or knock-off items
    • Material that infringes Copyright and Intellectual Property, including but not limited to software or other digital goods you are not authorized to sell, warez, bootlegs (without consent of the brand)
    • Counterfeit stamps and coins
    • Products or services identified by Bonanza and/or government agencies to have a high likelihood of being fraudulent
    • Fake or false documents such as diplomas, custom or pre-written essays, invalid click or "ad spam" products
  • Food and Beverage
    • Alcoholic beverages including but not limited to wine, beer, liquor, moonshine, and grain alcohol
    • Liquor licenses
    • Non-packaged food items or adulterated food
    • Products and ingredients that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined present an unreasonable risk of injury or illness, or are otherwise unsafe
  • Gambling and lottery items
    • Lottery tickets
    • Grab bags or mystery bags
    • Raffle tickets
    • Sweepstakes entries
    • Slot machines
  • Hazardous and Dangerous Items
    • Used or rebuilt batteries, or batteries containing mercury
    • Fireworks, including but not limited to "safe and sane" fireworks or any destructive devices or explosives
    • Information on how to make explosive devices, such as bombs
    • Laser products
    • 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. All pesticides sold and distributed in the United States MUST be registered with the EPA
    • Items issued to United States Armed Forces that have not been disposed of in accordance with Department of Defense demilitarization policies
  • Human parts and burial artifacts
    • Blood, body parts or bodily fluids, including synthetic urine
    • Historical grave markers or tombstones, Native American burial items, and artifacts removed from Native American land, federal or state land, or a battlefield site
  • Illegal and unlawful items
    • Illegal telecommunications equipment, including but not limited to access cards, password sniffers, access card programmers and unloopers, cable descramblers, or phone & wiretapping products
    • Stolen property, or property with serial number removed or altered
    • Burglary tools, including but not limited to lock-picks, motor vehicle master keys, skeleton keys, shoplifting devices, sensormatic detachers or devices designed to duplicate a key
    • Driver's licenses and other government-issued identification cards, false identification cards and passports, items with police insignia, citizenship documents, or birth certificates
    • Photoblocker sprays or license plate covers designed to block detection by red light cameras, toll both systems, police cameras, or other photo detection sources
    • Products designed to intentionally block, jam, or interfere with licensed or authorized radar and radio communications or traffic signals
    • Card skimming & code grabbing devices
    • Videos, sound or other recordings taken without the subject's permission
    • Bulk email or mailing lists that contain names, addresses, phone numbers, or other personal identifying information
    • Products that enable a user to gain unauthorized access (or make unauthorized changes) to systems, devices, or property such as jailbroken products and hacking devices
  • Offensive materials
    • Items that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance, or promote organizations with such views
    • Listings that graphically portray graphic violence or victims of violence, unless they have substantial social, artistic, or political value
  • Plants and seeds
    • Restricted or regulated plants and insects, including but not limited to noxious weeds, endangered plant species, or live insects or pests
    • Plants, Plant Products, and Seeds must meet Federal Trade Commission regulations to be truthful, not misleading, and backed by scientific evidence
  • Tobacco or nicotine products and accessories
  • Weapons and related items
    • Firearms, BB guns, scopes, silencers, ammunition and  ammunition magazines
    • Disguised, undetectable or switchblade knives and pocket knives
    • Martial arts weapons
    • Hunting equipment including but not limited to crossbows, bows, spear guns, throwing spears and hunting knives
    • Tear gas, mace or pepper spray
    • Stun guns or tasers
    • Toy, imitation, or "look-alike" firearms that do not have required markings, including cell phone cases and purses that resemble firearms
    • Toy crossbows that have the capability of shooting small, sharp projectiles (e.g., toothpicks, pins)
  • Other prohibited items
    • Subscriptions to magazines, newspapers periodicals and other publications, whether physically or digitally delivered
    • Digital versions of textbooks, testing materials, instructor solution manuals, test banks, or related copyrighted works.
    • Wholesale and distributor lists
    • Airline tickets that restrict transfer, and tickets of any kind which you are not authorized to sell
    • Used bedding and clothing, unless sanitized in accordance with law
    • Pre-orders of any kind or listings which a seller does not currently have in-stock
    • Listings that violate the intellectual property rights of brands or other rights owners

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