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List Of Products You Cannot Sell Online In India

| Published on January 22, 2020

Nowadays, everyone wants to become an entrepreneur. If not a big entrepreneur, at least a small businessman also works for many. Whether you are an existing businessman or emerging entrepreneur when you indulge in a business, it means some transaction is happening. And this is all that matters— What you are transacting.

Have you ever thought about what you can sell online or what you can’t?

Well, in most cases, a person who is selling online knows all the rules and regulations regarding the product he or she wants to sell online. And also, in most cases, sellers use established e-commerce platforms that supervise what you can sell or what you can’t.


But the problem arises when you decide to build up your business from scratch and want to sell online on self serve e-commerce websites. Some people end up selling products that are prohibited. It usually happens because people think there is no problem in selling it, but actually, it is prohibited.

For example, you have tried Marijuana for the first time, and you felt you were on cloud nine. So, as a well-wisher of society, you decided everyone must experience the bliss of Marijuana and took upon this humanitarian cause, and started selling it online. Well, the moment IT cell or police found it, you came to know that the Government think of Marijuana other way. And unfortunately, you end up serving your sentence in jail. Well, this is how people end up selling items which are prohibited.

Here is the list of items you cannot sell online:


Well, ‘Rum’ is good for health. Isn’t it? What about ‘Beer’? Isn’t it must-have for enjoyment? But we are really sorry. Government doesn’t think so. If you sell any kind of liquor in Bihar, you may face imprisonment of 5-10 years.


I hope there is no need to explain why one cannot sell weapons online. If alcohol is dangerous for the public, then weapons are catastrophic. However, there are very few forms of weapons that are permitted for retail sale in the country that too require licenses to sell as well as buy.


Well, you may be surprised to know there are several kinds of food that can be sold without license. So if you are planning to sell something which is not usual, please refer to the state guidelines for selling that particular food online.

Like this, the list of prohibited items to sell on e-commerce platforms keeps going.

We are wrapping up this post with some common things that are prohibited or illegal to sell online in some countries.

  • Beauty products
  • Sex toys
  • Currency
  • Fireworks
  • Medical devices
  • Tobacco
  • Candles
  • Pesticides
  • Steroids
  • Watches

P.S: It may sound crazy.

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