I’ve read somewhere that it’s not legal to sell coupons on eBay, but I see them all over so I was wondering if I’m missing anything. Some sellers say that the coupons are actually free and the payment is only for the shipping and handling.
Technically – you’re not allowed to buy or sell coupons. It doesn’t matter if it’s on eBay or anywhere else. That is the manufacturers” policy.
They distribute different coupons at different communities, and don’t want people messing up with their promotions strategy. However, as you’ve suggested, they can’t force their policy because they can’t hunt down millions. In addition people claim that they give away the coupons for free and only charge money for a service they provide – which is theoretically legal.
Interestingly – eBay itself allows selling manufacturer coupons on its site. It used to ban it for some time, but changed its policy not long ago. eBay does have a few rules for selling coupons, though. Here are a few highlights:
Sell unexpired paper coupons or inserts (max 100 coupons or 5 whole inserts at a time, max 20 identical coupons).
Sell max 2 coupons for Free Products
Sell max 2 coupons printed from the internet
Sell expired coupons (they regard this a s fraud).
Sell scanned coupons (coupons that aren’t original)
sell coupons that has been recalled by the manufacturers, or coupons for products that have been recalled by the manufacturers