Seller Rules

Prohibited Items Policy

Makers.im is not a curated marketplace. However, for a variety of reasons, we prohibit certain types of items from Makers.im. Some items present legal risks to our community; others are inconsistent with our values, are harmful to our members, or simply are not in the spirit of Makers.im. This policy explains what is prohibited or restricted on Makers.im.

This policy is a part of our Terms of Use. By opening an Makers.im shop, you’re agreeing to this policy and our Terms of Use.

1. Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia, and Medical Drugs

Alcohol and drugs are prohibited on Makers.im. These substances face serious legal restrictions and in many cases are considered controlled substances under applicable law. Our policy also applies to other substances that have or are claimed to have an intoxicating or healing effect. Possible legal restrictions aside, these substances are not in the spirit of Makers.im.

The following are examples of items that may not be sold on Makers.im:

  • Alcohol.
  • Tobacco products, smoke-able products, e-cigarettes and e-liquid.
  • Drugs and certain herbal substances, including substances used for recreational and medicinal purposes, regardless of their legality.
  • Drug paraphernalia, including, for example: items with a carburetor; slides and/or items with a slide; bongs and bubblers; vaporisers and their components.
  • Medical drugs, regulated medical devices, and pharmaceuticals.

Restrictions on descriptions of purported health benefits

A medical drug claim is statement or suggestion that an item prevents, heals, or treats a medical condition or disease. Medical drug claims are subject to varying degrees of regulation. If you make claims about the purported health benefits of an item for sale on Makers.im, we urge you to speak with a qualified expert about which regulations apply to you. It is your responsibility to know and comply with all laws and regulations that apply to the items you sell.

Makers.im prohibits certain medical drug claims based on our values, such as claims likely to deceive or pose an unreasonable risk to our community. Makers.im may remove claims that we deem to be inappropriate, excessive, or otherwise unsuitable for our marketplace. We also remove content that promotes prohibited medical claims, such as anti-vaccine items. If Makers.im receives proper notice from a legal authority, we may remove an item. You can find more information on prohibited medical drug claims here.

2. Animal Products and Human Remains

Certain animal products are highly regulated and prohibited on Makers.im due to the risk of harm to live, companion, or endangered animals.

The following are examples of items that may not be sold on Makers.im:

  • Live animals.
  • Items created using any endangered or threatened animal species. We define these as animal species designated as threatened or endangered by the US Endangered Species Act or listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
  • Items made from cat and dog parts or pelts.
  • Ivory or bones from ivory-producing animals, including tusks, elk ivory, fossilised ivory and woolly mammoth ivory.
  • Items made from human remains or products from the human body, except for teeth, fingernails, and hair.

3. Dangerous Items: Hazardous Materials, Recalled Items and Weapons

For safety and legal reasons, we prohibit certain dangerous items from our marketplace.

Hazardous Materials

Due to the potential harm caused by hazardous materials, as well as complex legal and delivery regulations surrounding such materials, hazardous materials are prohibited on Makers.im.

While not exhaustive, the following materials are examples of prohibited hazardous materials:

  • Explosives (fireworks or sparklers)
  • Flammable items
  • Gases
  • Radioactive material
  • Toxic substances (such as poisons)

Recalled Items or Items that Present Unreasonable Risk of Harm

Items that have been recalled by governments or manufacturers are prohibited from being sold on Makers.im. A few examples of items that have been recalled are certain vintage Corning Ware percolators, lawn darts and drop side cribs.

Items that present an unreasonable risk of harm are prohibited, even if they have not been the subject of a recall. This would include, for example, items that present a choking hazard. We generally rely on information from various government agencies to identify these items.

Weapons

Context matters when it comes to defining what is or is not a weapon. When in doubt, it’s safe to assume that we won’t allow any item intended to be used as a weapon to inflict harm. The following items are generally not allowed on Makers.im:

  • Guns or other blatant weapons, even if they are vintage. See here for more information.
  • Imitation firearms and weapons that look real or are prohibited by UK Law.

4. Hate Items: Items that Promote, Support or Glorify Hatred

We want Makers.im to be a community where people of all backgrounds, nationalities, religions, political affiliations and even different types of artistic taste and humour feel welcome. Art is incredibly subjective, and what is offensive to one is not necessarily offensive to others.

Makers.im does not allow items or listings that promote, support or glorify hatred towards people or otherwise demean people based upon: race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation (collectively, “protected groups”). We also prohibit items or content that promote organisations or people with such views.

The following items are not allowed on Makers.im:

  • Items that support or commemorate current or historical hate groups, including propaganda or collectables. Examples of hate groups include Nazi or Neo-Nazi groups, Ku Klux Klan (KKK) groups, white supremacist groups, misogynist groups, or groups that advocate anti-gay, anti-immigrant, or Holocaust denial agendas.
  • Items that contain racial slurs or derogatory terms in reference to protected groups.

5. Illegal Items, Items Promoting Illegal Activity and Highly Regulated Items

We respect the law and expect Makers.im sellers to respect the law as well.

Illegal items, items that promote illegal activity, and stolen items are not allowed on Makers.im. Neither are certain items that are subject to complex legal regulations or registration systems. Because Makers.im is a global company, it’s important to abide by the laws of the markets in which you are selling. What is legal in one country may be illegal in another. All forms of illegal activity are strictly prohibited. Listings may not facilitate or promote illegal acts.

Counterfeit or unauthorised items are prohibited on Makers.im. We consider counterfeit or unauthorised goods to be items that imitate an authentic good, particularly by using a brand’s name, logo, or protected design without the brand owner’s consent. Examples of prohibited counterfeit or unauthorised goods include replica luxury bags and branded apparel.

Additionally, due to complex legal restrictions that vary by location, Makers.im does not permit the sale of real estate, housing, or motor vehicles (for example: automobiles, motorcycles, boats, travel trailers, etc.).

We require sellers to follow all applicable laws for the items they list. Examples of items which may be subject to regulation include Native American crafts, plants and seeds, and food products.

6. Internationally Regulated Items

Makers.im provides a direct connection between buyers and sellers around the world. If you buy or sell an item from another country, or if you enter into a transaction with someone across international borders, you are responsible for complying with laws and regulations of the country of destination as well as your local laws.

When buying and selling internationally, you should comply with your local laws and be aware that other countries may have their own restrictions. You might be prohibited from exporting or importing certain items under international laws and regulations. Some transactions may require licenses, permits, or other documentation. If you have questions about how to comply with the law, we recommend that you speak to a qualified professional.

Makers.im reserves the right to request that sellers provide additional information, disclose an item’s country of origin in a listing, or take other steps to meet compliance obligations.

You should be aware that third-party payment processors, such as PayPal, may independently monitor transactions for sanctions compliance and may block some transactions as part of their own compliance programmes. Makers.im has no authority or control over the independent decision-making of these providers.

7. Pornography and Mature Content

As a creative community, we tend to be fairly liberal about what we allow on Makers.im, but we draw the line at pornography. Beyond that, we restrict mature content so that people who are offended by this kind of material don’t have to see it. If you are selling mature content, we ask that you be respectful of differing sensibilities.

Pornography of any sort is prohibited on Makers.im, whereas mature content is restricted.

Although pornography can be difficult to define, an item generally qualifies as pornography when it contains extreme or explicit version of sexual content.

We define mature content as depictions of human genitalia, sexual activity or content, profane language, sexual wellness items, violent images (within reason; see also Violent Items), and explicit types or representations of taxidermy. Click here to read more about how to properly list and tag mature content. Not all nudity is considered mature, and examples are listed below. If you find yourself questioning whether your item is mature, then it is likely a good idea to assume that it is mature content, and you should label it as such.

When deciding whether mature content crosses over the threshold into pornography, we take into consideration the explicitness of depictions of sexual activity or content.

Examples of What is Allowed Without Restriction:

  • Non-pornographic nude photography and depictions of breasts
  • Non-pornographic depictions of buttocks
  • Abstracted or cartoon depictions, within reason

8. Violent Items: Items that Promote, Support or Glorify Violence

We want Makers.im to be a safe place for everyone. While violent content can be a legitimate part of historical, educational or artistic expression, it should never be used to promote or glorify violent acts against others.

We do not allow items or listings that promote, support or glorify acts of violence or harm towards self or others, including credible threats of harm.

The following items are not allowed on Makers.im:

  • Items that glorify human suffering or tragedies, including items that commemorate or honour serial killers
  • Items that attempt to exploit natural disasters or human tragedies
  • Items that encourage, glorify, or celebrate acts of violence against individuals or groups
  • Items that encourage self-mutilation, starvation or other self-harm

We hope these guidelines are helpful, but we cannot catalogue every permitted or prohibited item. If you see something on Makers.im that appears to violate these rules, you can report it to us. At the bottom of a listing page, you can click Report this item to Makers.im. To report copyright or intellectual property infringement, please follow the instructions in our Intellectual Property Policy.

For all other reports, or for any questions, please contact Makers.im Support.

Last Updated on August 22, 2019 by Makers.im