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Titles policy

It's a criminal offence to sell or buy certain British titles, so most British titles can't be listed on eBay.

In order to comply with the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925, we don't allow the sale of British titles on eBay.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Are there any titles I can sell on eBay?

Lordships of the Manor may be listed as long as sellers don't suggest that these are aristocratic titles or that the buyer will be entitled to be addressed as "Lord" or "Lady."

What kinds of titles aren't allowed?

Titles that can't be sold on eBay include Duke and Duchess, Marquess and Marchioness, and Earl and Countess, for example. You'll find a full list in our policy below.

Read our full policy

Titles policy overview

To comply with the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925, most British Titles can't be sold on eBay. This act makes it a criminal offence to sell or buy, or to attempt to sell or buy certain British titles. Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including limits of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

What are the guidelines?

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  • Lordships of the Manor may be listed, as long as sellers do not suggest that these manorial lordships are aristocratic titles or that the buyer will be entitled to be addressed as "Lord", "Lady" or any disallowed titles. This is misleading and may also be in breach of the Trade Descriptions Act 1968.
 
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  • Duke and Duchess; Marquess and Marchioness; Earl and Countess; Viscount and Viscountess; Baron and Baroness (called Lord and Lady of Parliament in Scotland); Knighthoods or Baronets

Why does eBay have this policy?

To comply with all laws and regulations, the sale of most British titles is prohibited on eBay.

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