(NEXSTAR) – Earlier this week, the White House and the US Postal Service launched online ordering for Americans to request four free COVID-19 home test kits. If you’re thinking of selling yours online for a little extra cash, you’re probably out of luck.
Amazon, eBay and Facebook have all imposed restrictions on users trying to sell COVID-19 tests, as well as other COVID-related materials like masks.
If you search Amazon for at-home COVID tests, you’ll see pages of results, including the brand’s own tests. What you won’t see, however, are unverified sellers, an Amazon spokesperson told Nexstar.
Before COVID test kits are available for purchase through Amazon, the company “verifies sellers as an authorized manufacturer and/or distributor and performs product compliance reviews.”
“This includes a review of the product packaging, a COVID-19 test kit insert with instructions for use, product data sheets and invoices. Additionally, each COVID-19 test kit must have received emergency use authorization from the United States Food and Drug Administration,” the Amazon spokesperson explains.
Although the tests can be purchased on Amazon, they cannot be found on eBay or Facebook Marketplace.
In a statement shared with Nexstar, an eBay spokesperson said its platform “does not allow the sale of Covid19 Rapid Antigen tests in our marketplace across North America, and we are making every effort to ensure that anyone selling on our platform complies with local laws and eBay policies.”
The online marketplace says it has already removed or blocked more than 85 million listings for violating eBay’s COVID policies in August 2021.
According to Facebook’s COVID-19 and Vaccines Policy, the platform “strives to remove COVID-19 content that contributes to the risk of real-world harm.” Examples of removed content include the “sale of test kits and related products”. The policy goes on to explain that the decision was made to “protect against the exploitation of this crisis for financial gain.”
Those trying to sell tests online could suffer the same fate as two Tennessee brothers who racked up thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer in March 2020. Reports indicate that online marketplaces, like Amazon and eBay, have deleted their listings and threatened others trying to do the same. lose their accounts.
For those looking to buy a COVID test online, the Better Business Bureau recommends researching the seller before making a purchase. You can also order your four free home test kits from the White House and the U.S. Postal Service, or ask your health insurance to cover the costs of tests you buy yourself.