What to Do if My eBay Seller Account Is Blocked
eBay policies are simple and clear and most members follow them faithfully and easily. However, there may be situations where eBay has to occasionally restrict or suspend accounts to protect the community. If your eBay account is restricted or suspended, eBay will email you explaining what happened and what you need to do to get your account back. You’ll find a copy of this message in your Messages on your account was suspended or restrictedHolds, restrictions, or suspensions are usually placed on accounts for one of the following reasons:You have eBay fees to payYou need to reimburse eBay for a refund it made to your buyerYou have violated one of eBay’s rules or policiesWe couldn’t verify your account informationYou need to update your payment methodWhen creating an eBay account, make sure that all your information is correct and up-to-date with your PayPal account details. Otherwise, eBay may suspend your account and ask you to confirm your personal happens while an account is suspendedWhen your eBay account is suspended, you won’t be able to:Bid, buy, or sellLeave feedbackCreate new listings or revise existing listingsContact biddersReply to your eBay messagesAny bidders on your existing listings can retract their bids. When your account is reinstated, you’ll be able to leave feedback for any transactions you completed in the previous 30 pending on why your account was suspended, eBay may end listings early. Keep in mind that listing fees can be forfeited too, depending on the reason for account can be either completely suspended or just restricted. If the account is not suspended, but restricted for selling, you can still buy; if it is restricted for buying, you can still to have your account reinstatedGetting your account reinstated depends on the reason eBay suspended your account. The full details will be in the message eBay’s sent your account was restricted or suspended because of outstanding seller fees or a refund reimbursement, you can make a one-time payment to resolve the issue. When we receive your payment, your account will be make a one-time payment:Go to Account in My Payment methods for seller fees, select One-time payment, and follow the security reasons, sometimes eBay blocks accounts and asks you to provide or confirm personal information. A list of required documents and a download link can usually be found in My eBay > Messages. Such requests may concern proof of identity, address or some of your listings have been deleted and your account is restricted, do not list these items again. If your listings have not been edited in accordance with eBay Customer Support recommendations, they will be removed again and your account may be suspended eating a new account is not the best way to get back to work on eBay after a blocking. For fraud protection purposes, eBay keeps account related information, including the seller’s name, mail and IP addresses, PayPal account details, etc. This allows tracing the connection of new accounts to those that are subjected to restrictions or suspension. Therefore it is not recommended to create a new account immediately. However, when you solve the suspensions or restrictions, you can create an additional account or open more than one eBay Store. Many sellers do this to split up different kinds of items or keep different financial eBay community has tens of millions of sellers. And eBay understands that every one of them is a real person who can make a mistake or get into an unexpected situation. Don’t be afraid to contact eBay, find out why your account is blocked, show that you understand what went wrong, and are willing to follow the first eBay account suspension for a policy violation is usually not indefinite. However, if you continue to violate the same rules or policies after a warning or temporary restriction, your eBay account may be suspended indefinitely.
Account holds, restrictions, and suspensions | eBay
We may occasionally restrict or suspend accounts to protect our community. If you’re a seller, your payouts will be placed on hold until your restriction or suspension is lifted. If your eBay account is restricted or suspended, we’ll email you with the steps you need to take to have your account we believe your account has been accessed by a third party, we’ll place a temporary block on your account for your safety. For more information on what to do next, see how to get help with a hacked account
If we’ve placed a hold, restriction, or suspension on your account, we’ll send you an email explaining what happened and what you need to do to get your account back. You’ll find a copy of this message in your Messages.
Why your account was suspended or restricted
Holds, restrictions, or suspensions are usually placed on accounts for one of the following reasons:
You have eBay selling costs to pay
You need to reimburse eBay for a refund or a claim paid to your buyer
You have violated one of our rules or policies
We couldn’t verify your account information
How to have your account reinstated
Getting your account reinstated may be as simple as waiting for a temporary suspension to finish, making changes to your listings, or sending us some more information-it depends on the reason we suspended your account. The full details will be in the message we’ve sent you.
If your account was restricted or suspended because of outstanding seller costs or a refund reimbursement, you can make a one-time payment to resolve the issue. When we receive your payment, your account will be reinstated.
To make a one-time payment:
Go to Payments – opens in new window or tab in My eBay or Seller Hub.
Select One-time payment to make a payment
Aternatively you can add a new payment method
If eBay doesn’t currently manage your payments, you may also need to complete seller registration before your account will become fully reinstated.
Most account restrictions or suspensions can be resolved by making a one-time payment or by following the steps we gave you in the email in your Messages.
What happens while an account is suspended
When your eBay account is suspended, you won’t be able to:
bid, buy, or sell
create new listings or revise existing listings
reply to your eBay messages
If you’re a seller, your payouts will be placed on hold until the hold, restriction or suspension on your account is lifted.
Any bidders on your existing listings can retract their bids. When your account is reinstated, you’ll be able to leave feedback for any transactions you completed in the previous 30 days.
Depending on why your account was suspended, we may end listings early. If we remove listings because of a policy violation, eligibility for a fee credit will depend on the situation and any previous policy violations will be taken into account. These credits can be viewed by going to Payments in My eBay or Seller Hub. Keep in mind that listing fees can be forfeited too, depending on the reason for suspension.
Account verification holds
When you start selling on eBay, we need to confirm your identity and bank account details so you can receive your payouts. We may place a temporary hold on your account until we can verify your details. Once verification is complete, we’ll email you to let you know has been lifted and you can start selling.
Fake account hold and suspension notices
Watch out for spoof (fake) emails about account holds or suspensions. To confirm that an email was sent from eBay, check your eBay Messages – opens in new window or tab. If you can’t find a copy of the email there, then it wasn’t from eBay. Learn how to recognise spoof emails.
Don’t Register for a New eBay Account If Suspended
Suspension from eBay can happen to anyone. While we all want unscrupulous sellers to be banned as soon as possible to avoid giving eBay a bad reputation, sometimes honest sellers make mistakes or eBay on hold to handle a life crisis. If you have been suspended from eBay, re-registering for a new account is not the best way to get back on the site.
Steps After eBay Account Suspended
eBay has sophisticated tools for connecting accounts to one another. Once eBay has marked you as an eBay user who has tried to open multiple accounts, your name and personal information will be on file and you can be blacklisted. This is the last thing you want to happen, especially if you depend on eBay for income rather than just hobby selling.
Once you have been blacklisted, getting back on eBay is nearly impossible. eBay is diligent about keeping the site clean and free of scammers. eBay will have personal information on file about you so they can match up your new account with your old suspended account. Information includes:
NameAddressIP addressBank account information (via Paypal)Others in your household who have accounts
eBay frowns on sellers having multiple accounts. It is fine to have multiple stores, in fact, some sellers have up to eight different stores as a way to separate different kinds of inventory or keep income streams separate from each other.
But eBay is vigilant about keeping repeat offenders off the site. So it is not a wise move to try to immediately open a new account because that effort may fail and you will be in an even worse situation than if you contacted eBay to explain what happened.
Contact eBay Directly
Members who are suspended by eBay are suspended for legitimate reasons. Usually, a suspension is due to a rule violation, failure to pay fees or one of seven reasons eBay outlines in their terms of services. If you have been suspended, call eBay directly at 1-866-540-3229 and ask about ways to resolve the outstanding issues on your account.
Don’t be afraid to call eBay and discuss the issue. They know sellers are real people with real lives and things happen. Sometimes being reinstated is as easy as paying your fees because your credit or debit card on file has expired and it just needs to be updated. Calling and talking to an eBay customer service representative can be time-consuming, frustrating and exhausting. If you have a legitimate reason why your performance was not satisfactory, eBay may reinstate your account right away.
Be Honest and Explain Your Unique Situation
The most important thing to remember when trying to have your eBay account reinstated is to be honest and get the representative on the phone to see you as a real person who has had a life crisis or personal issue that affected your ability to run your business. eBay wants to know that you realize you made an error and that you want to follow eBay’s policy in the future. Some real reasons why your account may have slipped include:
Death in the familySerious illness – your own or a family memberSerious injury – your own or a family member (such as a car accident)Unexpected travel due to a family crisisNatural disaster – your or a loved one affected by hurricane, tornado, or blizzard
eBay is not the monster many people make them out to be. They understand that things happen in sellers’ lives and their business may be affected by a personal tragedy or crisis. Once eBay has reinstated your account, you will be allowed to sell again using your old account.
After eBay Reinstatement
Once you have gone through this process, you will value your eBay selling privileges more than ever. Be careful not to let your account slip. While it is difficult to think straight during a personal crisis, you can always put your eBay store on vacation while you deal with personal issues. Or, you can extend your handling time to a very long time period, such as 30 days, until you get your life sorted out again.
Frequently Asked Questions about ebay account restricted from selling
Why has eBay restricted my selling?
Why your account was suspended or restricted Holds, restrictions, or suspensions are usually placed on accounts for one of the following reasons: You have eBay selling costs to pay. You need to reimburse eBay for a refund or a claim paid to your buyer. You have violated one of our rules or policies.
Why is my eBay account suspended permanently?
Usually, a suspension is due to a rule violation, failure to pay fees or one of seven reasons eBay outlines in their terms of services. If you have been suspended, call eBay directly at 1-866-540-3229 and ask about ways to resolve the outstanding issues on your account.May 30, 2019
What are eBay selling restrictions?
This is an account-based limit. New sellers have a 10 item selling limit with a total value of $500 per month. This means that, during the month, you can sell no more than 10 items for a total of $500. This is the standard limit for all new eBay sellers.