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  • International Transactions

    If you're thinking about expanding your horizons by selling items to users in other countries, or bidding on items in other countries, you need to do your homework to ensure that your transaction doesn't violate one of the applicable laws that may govern such sales. These laws are complex, and issues will vary depending upon exactly what item is involved and the countries where the buyer and seller reside.

    No matter where you reside, insists that your listings and transactions comply with the laws of the countries where both you and the high bidder reside. Users are responsible for ensuring that their transactions are lawful in both countries, and to avoid the potential for legal difficulties strongly suggests that users educate themselves about the laws of their own country, and the countries where they plan to do business.


    Items Related to Nazi Germany

    Items relating to Nazi Germany, such as German World II books and memorabilia, are sought after by collectors and historians worldwide. These items may be lawfully bought and sold in most countries, including the United States. However, at least three countries have laws that prohibit the sale or display of such items: Germany, France and Austria. Since's worldwide community includes users from those countries, we should be sensitive to the concerns in these countries, and respect those laws by following these guidelines:

    � You may not list or bid on items related to Nazi Germany if you reside in Germany, France or Austria. Sellers may not ship these items into these three countries, or accept bids from users there.

    � If you live in the United States or other country that permits the sale of items related to Nazi Germany, you might list such items so long as you indicate in the listing that you will not ship outside the United States. If you want to make the item available world wide, you may still list such items, but you must clearly state that you will not ship the item to Germany, France or Austria. You may do so by indicating that you will not ship to Europe when completing the "Where will you Ship?" section of the listing page. As an alternative, you may clearly state in your item description that you will not ship the item to France, Germany or Austria.

    For purposes of this policy, "Nazi related items" include:

    � items with an image of Adolf Hitler or other famous Nazi persons (except stamps)

    � all items which contain a swastika

    � all items connected with genocide of the Jewish population, particularly items related to Auschwitz and other concentration camps

    � books and other print products with racially degrading content or content about Nazi ideology and expansion politics; particularly the book "Mein Kampf"

    � items connected to Nazi organizations such Jungvolk, Hitlerjugend, SA, SS, Waffen SS, NSKK, Harzburger Front, Stahlhelmbund.

    Please remember that items that promote or glorify hatred, violence, or racial intolerance, or items that promote organizations (such as the KKK, Nazis, neo-Nazis, Skinheads, Aryan Nation) with such views, are never allowed on any site.

    UNITED STATES LAWS REGULATING EXPORTS strongly recommends that you carefully review the U.S. government's web sites that provide information about international transactions, and (if necessary) consult with an expert in this field before completing any transactions. The information and links below are not exhaustive, but simply a starting point so that you can quickly familiarize yourself with some of the regulations in this field. It is against policy to complete any international transaction that violates U.S. law, or the law of the country where the winning bidder is located.

    The export of certain items may require special licenses, or maybe banned altogether. For example, the export of certain computer equipment is highly regulated, and may be restricted or banned even if the computer may not be particularly "high performance" by U.S. standards. To ensure that the items you want to sell are not covered by these regulations, begin by reviewing:

    Export control basics

    Export control FAQs


    Commercial encryption

    Things to look for

    Help for New Exporters:

    The U.S. government has a number of resources to promote international trade and to help businesses of all sizes familiar themselves with export regulations. Information about these resources can be found at:

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