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eBay Bans Sales of Adult-Only Anime, Manga, and Games

eBay Bans Sales of Adult-Only Anime, Manga, and Games

The online market platform, eBay, will officially be implementing a ban on “Adults Only” content as part of a larger policy update prohibiting the listing of sexually explicit content in movies, magazines, anime, video games, and more.

The company’s new policy against adult content will go into effect on June 15.


eBay made this announcement in a notice that it sent out to sellers listing items in its “Adult Only” section. The notice stated that the “Adult Only” category will no longer be available for new listings as of June 15.

It confirmed that the company will forbid the sale of “items showing sexual activity, sexual content or sexually suggestive poses” on its website. With eBay phasing out the Adult Only category, some content that fits the guidelines can be relisted under other categories.

The company’s new policy update includes caveats for collectibles, art, sex toys, accessories, clothing, jewelry, books, and music. There are, apparently, none for video games.

Detailing prohibited content, the new policy states that “sexually explicit anime, comics, books, films, animation, manga, hentaiyaoi” as well as “Adult films and video games with a rating of X, XXX, R18, or unrated for an adults-only audience”, and “adult anime/manga that include sexually-explicit content, nudity, or sexual stories” are prohibited.

See Also

This is the comprehensive list of the categories that are now prohibited on eBay:

  • Sexually explicit Adult Only DVDs & Movies
  • Sexually explicit Adult Only Magazines
  • Sexually explicit Adult Only Video Games
  • Sexually explicit Adult Only Domain Names
  • Sexually explicit Other Adult Only
  • Sexually explicit Adult Only Collectibles on Blu-Ray, DVD, Film, LaserDisc, VHS, and Other Adult Movie Formats- VCD, SVCD, VHS Non-US (PAL)


There are specific exceptions for content such as artwork depicting nudity. These can be relisted under the Arts and Collectibles section while Playboy, Playgirl, Mayfair, and Penthouse magazines will be relisted in the Magazines category of the site “as long as the listing does not contain nude images or explicit content.”

Do you buy your anime, manga, and/or games from eBay? How do you feel about the policy update? Will it be practical in practice?

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