Careers Business Ownership What to Do When eBay Suspends Your Account Share PINTEREST Email Print Sean Gallup/Getty Images Business Ownership Industries eBay Retail Small Business Restauranting Real Estate Nonprofit Organizations Landlords Import/Export Business Freelancing & Consulting Franchises Food & Beverage Event Planning E-commerce Construction Operations & Success Becoming an Owner By Aron Hsiao Aron Hsiao Aron Hsiao began selling on eBay in 1998 and joined the site's Trust and Safety Department in 2003, helping to resolve buyer and seller conflicts and marketplace rules violations. From 2013 through 2017, he served as senior communications manager for Terapeak, which offers marketplace research and listing analytics to online sellers. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 03/02/21 Selling on eBay can be a hobby or a full-blown business. If you rely on eBay for income, it can be a devastating blow to have your account suspended. It is why it is very important to educate yourself and understand all of eBay's policies so you won't be suspended in the first place. But, in the event your eBay account is placed on hold, restricted, or suspended, there are specific steps you can take to try to have it reinstated. Notice the key word here is "try," because there is no guarantee that eBay will reinstate an account. Holds vs. Restrictions vs. Suspensions Not all suspensions from eBay are the same. Minor issues, such as expired methods of payment or late payments, are likely to result in your account being placed on hold, and your account can be reinstated as soon as you update your payment method or settle your unpaid bill. Restrictions are more severe than holds and might be put in place if, for example, you don't meet minimum performance standards as a seller. For something like that, eBay might restrict you from selling certain items or lower your placement in search results. The only way to lift such a restriction is to meet eBay's standards. Suspensions usually occur only in the most egregious cases. For example, selling illegal merchandise or engaging in hate speech is likely to get a seller suspended indefinitely. Stay Calm and Get the Facts The first step in attempting to be reinstated on eBay is to identify the problem. If you are new, ignorance is your best defense. You may not have known that using stock photos is not permitted, or that you aren't allowed to use the word Velcro in your title. When you receive the notification email, stay calm and read the message carefully. eBay usually explains why an account has been suspended, and likely reasons include: Not paying fees on time Payment method is out of date (credit card expired) Violation of a policy such as VeRO, which involves intellectual property rights Listing an item that isn't allowed, such as a counterfeit handbag Using photos that aren't allowed (stolen from another user, nonauthorized stock photos) Offensive material (items including hate speech) Recalled items Drugs and drug paraphernalia Hazardous materials, such as homemade weapons or explosives Alcohol Sometimes you don't know if an item isn't allowed since it is very difficult to know every single rule on eBay, especially if you are new. You may not know an item you have for sale has been recalled, or you may not know you can't use stock photos, like pictures of clothing from retail websites. Fixing the problem may be as simple as removing listings that were recalled in a massive recall of items from a specific company. If it is an easy fix, eBay will explain exactly what you need to do to have your account reinstated. Call eBay and Discuss If you don't see any specific instructions on how to have your eBay account reinstated, don't make a new account. Instead, call them at 1-866-540-3229 and discuss. Explain that you received the suspension email and are very concerned. It may take talking to several people to get to the right person who can help you. A few tips for talking with eBay customer service representatives: Gather the facts before you call: Make sure you have the following information before you call so you can easily answer any questions the CSR may have to find your account:eBay user IDEmail associated with your eBay accountDate of the emailReference number in the email (if applicable)Print out of the email for easy referenceRemain calm: eBay CSRs are just regular people like you doing their job and have nothing against you personally. You should act as an investigator here, gathering the facts. Act in a calm, professional, and rational manner. The objective here is to get to someone who can and will help you.Ask for a supervisor if needed: The CSR who answers your call may not know how to help you. If you haven't received an answer or acceptable assistance after 10 minutes of speaking to someone, politely ask for a supervisor. Someone more experienced may be needed to help you. Knowledge of Policies The best way to handle an eBay suspension is not to get one. Whether you are new to eBay or a seasoned seller, it is beneficial to read the eBay policies to educate yourself on the rules. eBay is an ever-changing universe, and rules change from time to time, so new policies can sneak up on you. Always read email updates from eBay, and check your eBay messages frequently for updates and announcements.