PayPal Acceptable Use Policy

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This Policy was last modified on May 18, 2006.

PayPal does not allow its service to be used for illegal activities. PayPal reserves the right to take preventative or corrective actions to protect itself and its users. Thus, PayPal has developed an Acceptable Use Policy ("AUP"), as part of the User Agreement to which each customer agrees at the time of initiation of service. This policy help customers identify activities that are illegal or may be illegal under certain circumstances, and to identify certain types of activities for which PayPal has decided not to process payments, even if the activities may be legal. PayPal reserves the right to revise or make exceptions to the AUP, in order to reflect changing customer and business needs. Notice of revisions to the AUP will be posted in the Policy Update section on PayPal’s website,, and the current AUP is available at

Despite PayPal’s active enforcement of its Policies, ultimately it is the responsibility of the user to ensure that all transactions comply with the Acceptable Use Policy and the below guidelines.

PayPal users buying and selling on eBay should note that eBay maintains its own policies to ensure a safe and legally compliant marketplace. It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that all transactions on the eBay marketplace comply with both PayPal and eBay’s rules and regulations.

Transactions Covered by the Acceptable Use Policy.
The Acceptable Use Policy covers all PayPal transactions including donations, purchases, and sale of all goods and services, on eBay, another online marketplace, through the seller's own website, or any other forum.

Violations of the Acceptable Use Policy.
Violating PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy may result in temporary or permanent limitation of a customer’s account. This includes the inability to send and/or receive payments, to remove financial information from an account, and for users to close their accounts as a way of evading the policy. Additionally, users whose accounts are permanently limited for violating the Acceptable Use Policy are barred from future use of PayPal and its services, and such users are not permitted to open new or additional PayPal accounts.

If you have a question about whether your proposed or existing business violates the Acceptable Use Policy, you can email PayPal’s AUP Compliance Department at:

If you encounter violations of the Acceptable Use Policy, please report them to PayPal immediately.
bulletAcademic Software
bulletAlcoholic Beverages
bulletAnimal and Wildlife Products
bulletArtifacts, Grave-Related, and Native American Crafts
bulletAuthenticity Disclaimers
bulletBootleg Recordings
bulletCharities and Non-Profit Organizations
bulletCounterfeit Items
bulletDealers in Jewels, Precious Metals and Precious Stones
bulletElectronics Equipment
bulletEmbargoed Goods, Prohibited Countries
bulletEncouraging Illegal Activities
bulletEvent Tickets
bulletFaces, Names, and Signatures
bulletFirearms, Weapons, and Knives Policy
bulletGames Software: Sony, Sega, and Nintendo
bulletGovernment Identification, Uniforms, and Police-Related Items Policy
bulletIllegal Drugs & Paraphernalia Policy
bulletLottery Tickets
bulletMailing Lists and Personal Information
bulletMature Audiences
bulletMedical Devices
bulletMod Chips
bulletMoney Service Businesses
bulletMulti-level Marketing, Pyramid and Matrix Programs
bulletOEM Software
bulletOffensive Material
bulletPre-Selling Products
bulletPrescription Drugs and Devices
bulletSatellite and Cable TV Descramblers
bulletSlot Machines
bulletStocks, Bonds, Securities, and Related Certificates
bulletStored Value Cards
bulletSurveillance Equipment
bulletUnauthorized Copies




Offensive Material Policy

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You many not use PayPal in the purchase or sale of items or support of organizations that promote hate, violence, or racial intolerance. PayPal also prohibits a person convicted of a violent felony, or his or her relatives or associates, from using PayPal to benefit financially from the convicted criminal’s notoriety or crime.

In determining what goods or services are prohibited under the Offensive Material Policy, PayPal will consider some or all of the following




Encouraging Illegal Activities Policy

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You may not use PayPal in the purchase or sale of items or access to items that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity.

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