The one of the powerful Internet auction site eBay has banned all sales of wizardly enchantments and magic spells, even if you have a vacuum cleaner’s worth of gold to offer. eBay is trying to shake off a reputation as a haven for fraudsters, with recent crackdowns on counterfeit software and designer clothing.
eBay said it was “discontinuing a small number of categories within the larger Metaphysical subcategory” based on user feedback that supernatural claims “often result in issues that can be difficult to resolve”.
According to a report, the sales of “advice, spells, curses, hexing, conjuring, magic services, prayers, blessings; Psychic, Tarot, Reiki, and other metaphysical readings & services; magic potions healing sessions” were all forbidden from 30 August.
eBay had previously banned the sale of “intangible” items, but potions and other magical whatnot had not yet fallen under the restrictions. But if the new guidelines also ban on any of the magic-related subjects listed which means that sales of fantasy merchandise, such as books and products related to the Harry Potter novels, could be at risk.
“It’s important to note that items that have a tangible value for the item itself and may also be used in metaphysical rites and practices such as jewelry, crystals, incense, candles, and booksare allowed in most cases,” a spokesman added.
Not only has eBay banned the sale of spells, but also prohibited is the sale of potions.Psychic readings are now forbidden as well — your knights will no longer have the confidence of entering into battle with their victory guaranteed by a seer, nor will your anteater be able to tell you the outcome of the NBA finals for a price.
An another website,Etsy, has issued a similar ban on sales of items that include “human remains or body parts”, including “things such as skulls, bones, articulated skeletons, bodily fluids, and preserved tissues or organs”.
All of the changes are listed in the 2012 Fall Seller Update, effective Aug. 30. And know that after the dragons destroy this land, there is still hope — we can still buy a new medieval village to live in via eBay.But surely the past slogan ‘Whatever it is – you can get it on eBay’ will no longer apply from the end of August.
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