New eBay policy adds restrictions to selling manufacturer coupons

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Check out this seller update regarding the sale of manufacturer coupons on eBay! Here are some of the updated guidelines for selling manufacturer coupons on eBay, starting 9/1/13:

  • You may sell up to $100 or 25 valid, unexpired, original coupons per month.
  • Multi-quantity listings: You can’t sell more than 25 coupons in a single listing. The allowed 25 coupons per month include multi-quantity listings.
  • Coupons for “free” products: You can’t sell coupons for “free” products. This restriction includes coupons for free items, or coupons where the coupon holder buys a quantity of items at one price, and receives additional items for free.
  • Electronic “scanned” coupons: All coupons sold through eBay must be physical coupons printed on paper, not coupons that can be sent electronically to the buyer to be printed. Also, to reduce the potential for coupon fraud, don’t include unaltered scans of coupons in their listings that could be copied, printed, and redeemed in stores.
  • Note: The sale of scanned or photocopied coupons may violate federal copyright laws, and sellers of unlawful items like these could face prosecution under federal law. We don’t allow the sale of these kinds of coupons.

This will also affect those of you who have been purchasing coupons on eBay — this is obviously a volume business for sellers, so the 25 coupons a month limit will effectively shut most of them down. See the full seller update here.

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  1. Jenna says

    So sad. If I ever wanted multiple coupons this is where I went. It was always too much of a hassle to try to find a coupon service that had the coupon I wanted and didn’t limit them to a low number per person you could purchase.

    • Nancy says

      Ditto. I’ve repeatedly struggled with services like Coupon DeDe, which force you to spend $3.00 per order, but limit the number of each coupon you can buy. eBay was a great alternative, which allowed me to buy exactly what I wanted.

  2. Sandy says

    Boo to ebay! :( I would buy multiple papers if there was a coupon I wanted, and then sell the remainder on ebay to get rid of them and get some $$ to buy the next week’s paper.

  3. comicbob says

    Won’t they do what some of them do already, sell a pencil or the service and get the coupons free?

  4. Connie says

    Well, this is one way to stop the mass duplicators of the coupons being sold there. I think the size limit could be a little larger (I would have done 100) but other than that, eBay’s still a good source for multiple copies of coupons that aren’t things most people use that I need.

  5. Kari O. says

    Has anyone else been following the coupon fraud articles on I kinda think these rules are good. I’ve only bid on two sets of coupons before and felt it was pretty shady. I don’t really see the practical use of more than 4-8 newspapers without turning into a hoarder. lol

    • VB says

      I agree. I think that ebay made it easier for people to sell counterfeit coupons which resulted in the coupons we see today. Lower value, shorter redemption periods, coupon limitations, stricter store polices. Hoping that since they are going to start to tighten up on this that in the future we will see coupons that are really worth the effort.

      • Kari O. says

        I have a family of four and provide my stockpile to two other families, one of which is 4 and the other of 6.
        Four newspapers still feels like hoarding sometimes which is why I decided to help our friends on SNAP.

  6. Brian says

    I’ve been selling coupons on Ebay for some time now– never done anything wrong, no counterfeits or expired– just saving time for those who don’t want to gather and cut. Guess I’ll be starting my own website now.

    • Nancy says

      And it was a service that many of us really appreciated; in fact, it saved me from buying a bunch of newspapers that I didn’t want and sifting through multiple inserts that only contained a handful of coupons that I could actually use.

      For the record, I’ve never had a single problem with the coupons I’ve bought on eBay – no counterfeits, no misrepresentation, no shady sellers – just a bunch of people who are making a few extra bucks selling the extra coupons they won’t use.

      • Brian says

        I think that was the experience for most people– Ebay is harsh on sellers who do anything wrong; their normal incentives would have kept malfeasance to a minimum. I suspect they’re getting some legal problems from the coupon issuers, as the real problem.

  7. gayle lancaster says

    if you know of any couponers that purchase the P&G coupons or inserts on ebay. I will no longer be able to list more than 25 coupons and I usually sell them in sets of 20… I get them every month and would have no problem shipping them the coupons or whole inserts that they want. I can be contacted threw my email lets help each other out

  8. Brian says

    I think that ebay made it easier for people to sell counterfeit coupons which resulted in the coupons we see today. Lower value, shorter redemption periods, coupon limitations, stricter store polices.

    My guess would be the tighter coupon policy is simply from higher redemption (from bad economy, efficient trading of coupons) and they’re using the counterfeits as a scapegoat.

  9. Debbie says

    I have sold 100 coupons for starting price of 99 cents per bid..usually I get about $ 3-4 dollars a winning auction. I never charge shipping and handling and have had almost 500 perfect score feedback. This weekend I had on yanked cause I sold more than 25 coupons for the month. Based on Ebays rules I can only sell 100 coupons per month that doesn’t equal more than $ 100. Once they take their cut and paypal takes there cut I might make $ 50-60 per month. I am so angry at ebay. I think they hurt people that really just want to make some extra money and do no real harm. If the companies don’t want people to use them they should just lower the prices on items. Does anyone know a good refund magazine?

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