Banned & Restricted Items
You may only sell items in your possession that you are legally entitled to sell.
Below is a list of items which you are not allowed to sell on Trade Me:
Below is a list of items that you can sell but are restricted on Trade Me:
Note: Trade Me reserves the right to remove other items
that are not on these lists if they are considered offensive or are in breach of
our terms and conditions.
Adult rated items (videos, magazines, DVDs, etc) must be listed in the appropriate
adult category. Adult categories do not allow photos.
You may not use explicit language or descriptions.
Adult novelty and erotic clothing must be listed in the Novelty & adult category.
Images must be of the clothing on either a mannequin or of the clothing alone. Trade
Me reserves the right to remove any image it deems offensive.
You must ensure that any agricultural compound complies with the requirements under
the Agricultural Compounds and veterinary medicines (ACVM) Act. For further information
visit the NZ Food
Safety Authority or phone the ACVM Group on 04 463 2550.
Airguns (BB and paintball guns)
People over the age of 18 do not need a firearms licence to own an airgun. However
those aged 16 and 17 years who wish to own an airgun must hold a firearms licence.
Those trading air guns face to face should ensure that they sight the firearms licence
or proof of age identification of the person they are trading with.
You may only sell air guns that are already in New Zealand. Overseas members may
not sell firearms on the site.
The Sale of liquor Act 1989 states that the sale of liquor to the public
or any member of the public requires a licence. Unless you have registered as a
wine seller with Trade Me (read more),
you may not sell alcohol of any nature on the site.
You may not sell any endangered species, protected wildlife, sports fish, game or
unwanted animals (e.g. ferrets). It is your responsibility to make sure you are
not selling these items. If in doubt contact the Department of conservation.
You may not sell snails, whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, sea lions or indigenous
birds (or parts thereof). If you want to sell fish, including shellfish (or parts
thereof) contact the Ministry of Fisheries for more information.
You may only sell animal traps that are not hard-jawed leg-hold traps.
Backup or copied software, CDRs or DVDRs
You are not permitted to list CDRs, DVDRs, or other forms of recordable media unless
they are blank. This policy includes but is not limited to copies of software programs,
video games, music albums, movies, electronic books, television programs or images.
You may only list a bike helmet if it is certified to a standard approved by Land
Transport New Zealand. Your helmet should have a sticker inside it stating which
standard it complies with. For more information please see the Land Transport site.
Businesses for sale
All businesses listed on Trade Me must be sold as a going concern. You can not sell
or promote new franchises or opportunities.
You may only sell certified credits that are registered with a carbon credits registry
such as Regi or the NZ Emission Unit Register.
To ensure compliance with the Privacy Act 1993, you may not sell CCTV footage.
Child restraints must meet approved standards and be less than 10 years old. Child
restraints certified for use in New Zealand will show an 'S' mark (New Zealand Standard
NZS 1754), or a tick mark (Australian Standard AS 1754), or an 'E' mark (European
Standard ECE 44).
Read more about
Cigarette or nicotine replacements
You may not sell cigarette or nicotine replacements, including e-cigarettes or products
intended for use as a nicotine replacement.
Copyrighted items and content
You must not sell items or include content which breaches any copyright or other
intellectual property rights. As a seller it is your responsibility to ensure the
items you sell and the content of your listing are not in breach of any intellectual
Read more about
Courier Post EasyTraks
You may not list Courier Post EasyTraks for sale on the site. This follows an agreement
Trade Me has with Courier Post.
eBooks and downloadable media
You may not sell eBooks. We classify an electronic book (eBook) to be any book or
information in digital format that you can access using a software program. This
includes but is not limited to:
- Copies, software or programs where the buyer downloads or has access to download
from a website.
- Music and video files that you can deliver through file sharing software.
- Downloadable or electronically delivered eBooks.
- The sale of a URL or web address where a member can download or obtain free copies
- ebooks or other information sourced from the Internet produced in a printed version
that is sold outside distribution or copyright laws.
- Electronic invites, including gmail and similar items.
- Any media delivered on CDRs or in a downloadable format.
All electrical items for sale must be safe. Some items require a supplier declaration
of compliance (SDOC) before they can be sold; other items considered higher risk
also require safety approval or certification.
For more information on electrical items, visit the Energy Safety website.
Firearms and ammunition
You may only list "A" category firearms, in sporting configuration, as defined by
the Arms Act 1983. You may not sell firearms that require additional licence endorsements
to purchase. Large capacity magazines (i.e. more than 15 cartridges for .22 rimfire,
or more than 7 cartridges for others) may not be sold. Sellers must sight the firearms
licence of the buyer, or for remote sales sellers must receive written confirmation
signed by Police confirming the buyer holds a valid firearm's licence. Forms are
available at any police station.
Firearms must already be in New Zealand. Overseas members may not buy or sell firearms
on the site.
Only one firearm may be advertised per listing.
You may not list fireworks for sale on the site.
In order to comply with New Zealand laws, items with foreign plugs may not be sold.
This applies to items that require an adaptor to connect to a New Zealand socket.
For more information on plugs, visit the Energy Safety website.
All food sold on the site must be produced in a registered premises or under an
approved food safety programme or registered risk management programme. It must
also comply with food labelling and standards requirements.
Visit the New Zealand Food Safety Authority website for further
information or contact your local council.
Frequent flyer points
You may not sell frequent flyer points on the site. Most frequent flyer reward schemes
do not allow the transferring of points between members.
You may not list gang related paraphernalia or memorabilia for sale on the site.
It is at Trade Me's discretion what is considered to be gang related.
Hang gliders and paragliders
Gliders must have a new Warrant of Fitness before they are sold. WOF's can only
be issued by the NZHGPA.
For more information visit The Hang
Gliding and Paragliding Association.
Human bodies or body parts
You may not list a human body or body parts for sale on the site. This includes
such items as sperm, eggs, excrement, and bone.
Items subject to product safety standards
The following items must comply with all applicable product safety standards before
you list them for sale on the site:
Read more about product safety standards.
- Baby walkers
- Children's nightwear
- Children's toys
- Cigarette lighters
- Pedal bicycles
Lottery and raffle tickets
You may not list lottery or raffle tickets for sale.
Made to order items
You may list items that are 'made to order' in the following circumstances:
- The goods will be shipped within one week of the auction's close.
- The auction is for a specific item, where the winning bidder may choose one simple
thing such as colour or size.
- The winning bidder does not have to supply additional information, such as a photo,
in order for the item to be made.
If selling a medical device (excluding first aid kits) you must state in the listing
"Consult a medical professional first and follow the instructions." Medical devices
include but aren't limited to: insulin pumps, infusion pumps, enteral feeding devices,
CPAP machines, ventilators and apnea alarms.
Medicine and supplements
You may not sell medicine or supplements intended for human use. Items deemed to
be medicine or supplements will be removed at Trade Me's sole discretion.
You may not list menacing dog breeds for sale on the site. These dogs are defined
as the following breeds:
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- Brazilian Fila
- Dogo Argentino
- Japanese Tosa
- Presa Canario
Movies and games
You may only list classifiable movies and games for sale if they carry the correct
New Zealand classification sticker. When listing these items for sale, you must
include the New Zealand classification rating and all information on the classification
The sale of these publications is covered by the Films, Videos and Publications
Classification Act 1993.
For more information visit the
Office of Film and literature Classification website.
You may not list Nazi memorabilia for sale on the site. It is at Trade Me's discretion
what is considered to be Nazi memorabilia.
We generally allow the sale of German coins and postage stamps and educational books
about WWII or Nazi Germany.
You may not sell weapons where they are purely intended for attack purposes. This
includes but is not limited to: flick knives, butterfly knives, ninja stars, knuckle
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) software
You may only sell Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) software on Trade Me if
it is sold with a computer.
Pets and animals
Dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, horses and ponies may not be auctioned. These animals
must be listed in their correct category as a classified ad, so the seller won't
be obliged to sell the animal to an unsuitable home.
We have banned the sale of some breeds of
dogs on the site, and kittens for sale must be at least eight weeks old.
You may not sell plants that are listed on The National Pest Plant Accord. This
list can be found at Protect New Zealand.
Protected New Zealand objects
Under the Protected Objects Act 1975 (previously the Antiquities Act), it is an
offence to sell taonga tūturu (Maori cultural objects) to people other than
registered collectors, public museums and licensed dealers. The Act also regulates
the export of protected New Zealand objects and you must obtain permission from
the Ministry for
Culture and Heritage to export such objects. Find out more.
Radio transmitters or transceivers
All radio transmitters or transceivers listed for sale must comply with New Zealand
licensing and compliance regulations. Check your compliance requirements and licensing requirements.
For further queries please contact Radio Spectrum Management on 0508 RSM INFO.
You may not list recreational drugs (herbal or chemical) or related equipment on
the site. This includes such items as dance pills and NOS canisters, and items used
in the cultivation of cannabis.
You may not sell services on the site. Services are not suited to sale by auction.
Software that interfaces with the Trade Me website
You may not list software that technically interfaces with the Trade Me website.
This includes but is not limited to things such as auto-relisters.
Spray paint cans
You may not sell spray paint cans on the site.
You may not sell tobacco on the site. The advertisement and sale of tobacco based
products contravenes the SmokeFree Environment Act of 1990.
Underwear or undergarments
Used or second hand underwear may be sold on the site. However, it must be washed
Uniforms for NZ Emergency services
You may not sell uniforms or accessories for New Zealand 111 Emergency services.
This includes police, fire and ambulance uniforms.
You may not list VCDs for sale on the site. We understand that the majority of VCDs
are pirated. We have a blanket 'no sale' policy of these items.
You cannot sell Prescription Animal Remedies (PAR) or veterinary only medicines.
You may not sell wholesale lists or place listings that are used to solely promote
the purchase of items through other channels.
If you are unsure of whether or not you are allowed to list an item please