Prohibited Items Policy
Goodly and Goodly Brands are not curated marketplaces. However, for a variety of reasons, we prohibit certain types of items from the Goodly and Goodly Brands marketplaces. 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 Goodly. This policy explains what is prohibited or restricted on Goodly and Goodly Brands.
The following types of items are prohibited or restricted on Goodly and Goodly Brands, which we collectively refer to in this policy as “Goodly”:
- Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia, and Medical Drugs
- Animal Products and Human Remains
- Dangerous Items: Hazardous Materials, Recalled Items, and Weapons
- Hate Items: Items that Promote, Support, or Glorify Hatred
- Illegal Items, Items Promoting Illegal Activity, and Highly Regulated Items
- Internationally Regulated Items
- Pornography and Mature Content
- Violent Items: Items that Promote, Support, or Glorify Violence
Policy decisions are complex. We consider many different and often divergent factors before coming to a decision about what is best for our community. Because we are a creative community, we err on the side of freedom of expression. We also tend to allow items that have educational, historical, or artistic value, but we know that even those items are subject to a variety of valid and sometimes conflicting interpretations and emotional responses.
Art and history can be provocative, emotional, and divisive. There are some topics on which we may never reach a consensus as a community, and that is okay. In the words of Joyce Carol Oates, “art should not be comforting; for comfort, we have mass entertainment and one another. Art should provoke, disturb, arouse our emotions, expand our sympathies in directions we may not anticipate and may not even wish.”
In order to help provide clarity and insight into our policy making process, we have included the rationale behind our decisions and details about how they will be enforced, including some representative examples below of what is allowed on Goodly.
1. Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia, and Medical Drugs
Alcohol and drugs are prohibited on Goodly. 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 simply are not in the spirit of Goodly and we therefore do not allow them.
The following are examples of items that may not be sold on Goodly:
- Tobacco products, smokeable 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; vaporizers and their components.
- Medical drugs and pharmaceuticals.
Restrictions on descriptions of purported health benefits:
A medical drug claim is any element of a listing or shop that suggests 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 Goodly, 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.
Goodly prohibits certain medical drug claims based on our values, such as claims likely to deceive or pose an unreasonable risk to our community. Goodly may remove claims that we deem to be inappropriate, excessive, or otherwise unsuitable for our marketplace. If Goodly receives proper notice from a legal authority, we may remove an item. You can find more information on prohibited medical drug claims here.
Examples of What is Allowed:
Beer brewing kits
Baked goods containing alcohol
Empty alcohol bottles and items made from them
Resources: Small Business Assistance from the Federal Drug Administration; U.S. FDA and FTC for information about medical drug claims; US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
2. Animal Products and Human Remains
Certain animal products are highly regulated and not in the spirit of Goodly due to the risk of harm to live, companion, or endangered animals.
The following are examples of animal products that may not be sold on Goodly:
- Live animals.
- Items created using any 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 (CITES). Click here for more information.
- Items made from cat and dog parts or pelts as defined by US Federal Law.
- Ivory or bones from ivory-producing animals, including tusks, elk ivory, fossilized ivory, and wooly mammoth ivory.
- Items made from human remains, except for teeth and hair.
Examples of What is Allowed:
Authentic crafts made by Alaskan Natives if they are exempt under Section 10e of the US Endangered Species Act.
Example: Alaskan Native Seal Skin Boots
Non-Ivory Animal Bones and Antlers
Example: Snake Bone Necklace
Example: Leather Bag
Textiles Made from Animal Hair
Example: Authentic Mohair Scarf
Human Teeth or Hair
Example: Mini Bottle with Human Hair
Resources: Endangered Species Act; Prohibition on Importation of Dog and Cat Fur Products
We expect all of our members to follow their local laws. If you are shipping items across international borders you should also consult CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) for specific information about importing and exporting items that may be threatened due to the nature of this trade. If you sell products containing feathers, you should also consult the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
3. Dangerous Items: Hazardous Materials, Recalled Items, and Weapons
For safety reasons and due to complex legal regulations surrounding certain items, we ask that our members not sell items that could be considered dangerous.
Due to the potential harm caused by hazardous materials, as well as complex legal regulations surrounding such materials, including shipping restrictions, hazardous materials are prohibited on Goodly.
While not exhaustive, the following materials are examples of prohibited hazardous materials:
- Explosives (fireworks or sparklers)
- Flammable items
- 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 Goodly. 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.
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 tool or instrument that is intended to be used as a weapon to inflict harm on a person. The following items are generally not allowed on Goodly:
- Guns, knives, or other blatant weapons (even if they are vintage)
- Imitation weapons that look real or are prohibited by US law
Examples of What is Allowed:
Culinary knives or other knives used as tools
Example: Vintage Kitchen Knives – Collectibles
Airsoft guns and other non-harmful toy guns (with some restrictions)
Example: Vintage Ray Gun – Toy
Resources: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; FMCSA’s Guide to Complying with Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations; US Federal Government’s Guide to Recalled Items; US Code of Federal Regulations on Imitation Firearms; US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA); Goodly CPSIA Team; Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Product Safety; European Commission’s Consumer Safety; US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Resellers Guide to Selling Safer Products
4. Hate Items: Items that Promote, Support, or Glorify Hatred
We want Goodly to be a community where people of all backgrounds, nationalities, religions, political affiliations, and even different types of artistic taste and humor feel welcome. Art is incredibly subjective, and what is offensive to one is not necessarily offensive to others. Vintage items can have educational and historical value, but they can also trigger painful memories of tragic events throughout history.
Goodly does not allow items or listings that promote, support or glorify hatred toward people or otherwise demean people based upon: race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation (collectively, “protected groups”) or items or content that promote organizations or people with such views.
The following items are not allowed on Goodly:
- Items that support or commemorate current or historical hate groups, including propaganda or collectibles. Examples of hate groups include Nazi or Neo-Nazi groups, Ku Klux Klan (KKK) groups, white supremacist groups, misogynist groups, or groups that advocate an anti-gay, anti-immigrant, or Holocaust denial agenda.
- Items that contain racial slurs or derogatory terms in reference to protected groups.
Examples of What is Allowed:
We tend to allow items that have educational, historical, or artistic value, but we know that even those items are subject to a variety of valid and sometimes conflicting interpretations. Recognizing that there may be no consensus on their educational, historical, or artistic value, the following items are generally allowed on Goodly:
Religious symbols, including swastikas when used in peaceful or religious context (often in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism)
Example: Vintage Buddhist Swastika Pendant
Items that use idiomatic expressions that include the word “nazi,” such as “grammar nazi” or “soup nazi”
Example: Grammar “Nazi” Print
Items denouncing or mocking groups or historical figures that have a history of organized, targeted violence against protected groups
Example: Photograph of Anti Nazi Graffiti
5. Illegal Items, Items Promoting Illegal Activity, and Highly Regulated Items
We respect the law and expect Goodly sellers to respect the law as well.
Illegal items and items that promote illegal activity, including counterfeit or stolen items, are generally not allowed on Goodly. Neither are certain items that are subject to complex legal regulations or registration systems. Because Goodly 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. In addition, listings may not facilitate or promote illegal acts through images or descriptions.
Additionally, due to complex legal restrictions that vary by location, Goodly does not permit the sale of real estate 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
Our marketplaces 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 international trade restrictions, including restrictions put into place by the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), regardless of your location.
In the United States, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) at the US Department of the Treasury administers various economic and trade sanctions. These programs prohibit dealing with certain designated persons and targeted countries. We require that all members who buy and sell on our platform comply with OFAC restrictions, even if they live outside the United States. For example, this includes restrictions on:
- Transactions involving certain geographic areas, such as Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Syria, or involving any individual or organization located in those places
- Transactions involving any item of Cuban, North Korean, Iranian, or Crimean origin
- Transactions involving Cuban nationals
- Any transaction or dealing with an individual or entity specifically identified by OFAC, notably those listed on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals (“SDN”) List or Foreign Sanctions Evaders (“FSE”) List
Goodly’s policies prohibit our members worldwide from engaging in any transaction that run a risk of violating OFAC sanctions. While we attempt to protect our members from unwittingly violating these laws by preventing certain prohibited transactions, it is up to each seller and buyer to be familiar with—and compliant with—OFAC regulations.
Goodly members can consult the OFAC website for complete information about the various sanctions programs administered by the US Department of the Treasury: http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Pages/default.aspx
In addition, Goodly members should be aware that other countries may have their own set of trade restrictions, and that certain items may not be allowed for export or import under foreign laws. You should consult the laws of any foreign jurisdiction when contemplating a transaction involving the shipment of goods overseas.
Finally, Goodly members 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 programs. Goodly has no authority or control over the independent decision-making of these providers.
Examples of What is Allowed:
Items which aren’t from Cuba, but are Cuban style, such as “Cuban shirts”
Example: Cuban Style Fedora Hat
Informational materials such as art, books, film, photos, or music
Example: Vintage Biography of Fidel Castro
7. Pornography and Mature Content
As a creative community, we tend to be fairly liberal about what we allow on Goodly, 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 understand that there are differing sensibilities around the world and that you try to be respectful.
Pornography of any sort is prohibited on Goodly, whereas mature content is restricted.
Although pornography can be difficult to define, an item generally qualifies as pornography when it is a particularly extreme or explicit version of mature content.
We define mature content as depictions of male or female genitalia, sexual activity or content, profane language, violent images (within reason; see also Violent Items), and explicit types or representations of taxidermy.
Mature content must be properly listed and tagged as such. Not all nudity is considered mature, and examples of non-mature nudity 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 how realistically mature image or images are portrayed, and the explicitness of depictions of sexual activity or content.
Examples of What is Allowed, Without Restriction:
Non-pornographic nude photography and depictions of breasts
Example: Authentic Tribal Photograph
Non-pornographic depictions of buttocks
Example: Fine Art Photograph of Nude Man
Abstracted or cartoonish depictions, within reason
Example: Cartoon Men and Women Nude Print
Examples of What is Allowed, if Properly Marked as Mature:
- Mature language
- Violent images (within reason; see also Violent Items)
- Sexual wellness items, such as dildos, vibrators, and BDSM items
Resources: Goodly Seller Handbook Guide to Editing Mature Images; Goodly Help Content on Listing Mature Content Correctly
8. Violent Items: Items that Promote, Support, or Glorify Violence
We want Goodly 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 or violence towards self or others.
The following items are not allowed on Goodly:
- Items that glorify human suffering or tragedies, including items that commemorate or honor 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
Examples of What is Allowed:
Fictional literary or art work (such as zombies, vampires, or other fictional works that tend to contain violence)
Example: Real Looking Zombie Photo
Items that have educational, historical, or artistic value
Example: Real Photograph of a Protest in Ukraine
Items that show support or bring awareness to those at risk of self harm, including those with eating disorders
Example: Suicide Awareness Poster
BDSM items (See Pornography and Mature Content for additional information)
Example: BDSM Ball Gag & Whip
We hope these guidelines are helpful, but we cannot catalog every permitted or prohibited item. We reserve the right to remove listings that we determine are not within the spirit of Goodly. Such listings will be removed from the site, and the member’s selling privileges may be suspended and/or terminated.
If you see something on Goodly 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 Goodly. To report copyright or intellectual property infringement, please follow the instructions in Goodly’s Intellectual Property Policy.
For all other reports, or for any questions, please contact Goodly Support.
In crafting these policies, we found a number of thoughtful essays and articles. Here are a few that we found illuminating:
Sexism, Racism and Other -isms in Library Materials (1973),
“It is inevitable in the give and take of the democratic process that the political, the moral, or the aesthetic concepts of an individual or group will occasionally collide with those of another individual or group. In a free society each individual is free to determine for himself what he wishes to read, and each group is free to determine what it will recommend to its freely associated members. But no group has the right to take the law into its own hands, and to impose its own concept of politics or morality upon other members of a democratic society. Freedom is no freedom if it is accorded only to the accepted and the inoffensive …. We realize that application of these propositions may mean the dissemination of ideas and manners of expression that are repugnant to many persons. We do not state these propositions in the comfortable belief that what people read is unimportant. We believe rather that what people read is deeply important; that ideas can be dangerous; but that the suppression of ideas is fatal to a democratic society. Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours.”
How the world loved the swastika – until Hitler stole it, BBC News Magazine, October 22, 2014
The Native American Mascot: Tribute or Stereotype? Psychology Today, May 21, 2012 https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/science-small-talk/201205/the-native-american-mascot-tribute-or-stereotype
Keeping Kids From Toy Guns: How One Mother Changed Her Mind, The Atlantic, Aug. 9, 2013
Toy Guns: Do They Lead to Real-Life Violence? WebMd, December 1, 2011
Why Gun Play Is Still OK, The Huffington Post, September 29, 2012
Art And Violence, The Huffington Post, September 18, 2014
When the master of peace did violence, The Guardian, October 25, 2003
Last updated on Mar 10, 2017