eBay bans spells, psychics and potion listings
Posted on 17 Aug 2012 at 11:33, by Gareth Halfacree
Online auction house eBay has announced a change to its listing categories which sees spells, potions and other mystic paraphernalia banned from being sold through the site.
As part of the company's regular updates, eBay has decided to remove the ability to list psychic and tarot reading services, spells and potions from the surprisingly busy Metaphysical category. As a result, listings like a spell cast at midnight by Celtic witch Esmerelda - just £2.45 - and listings promising the wipe out your debt with a little black magic - £9.99 - will be invalid for listing from next month, putting an end to a bustling cottage industry of covens.
The removal of the Metaphysical category is no slight on the existence or otherwise of paranormal forces, eBay explains, but simply a result of a growing number of dissatisfied customers - many of whom will have been receiving refunds through eBay and PayPal's buyer protection systems. "Transactions in these categories often result in issues between the buyer and seller that are difficult to resolve", the company explained in its notice to sellers. "To help build confidence in the marketplace for both buyers and sellers, eBay is discontinuing these categories and including the items on the list of prohibited items."
Also for the chop as part of the site's listing updates are club memberships, advice and instruction services in business, computing, diet and fitness, home-based businesses, recipes for food and wine making, and digital art - with the latter two categories valid for re-listing under the Information Products category.
A full list of the impending changes, which come into force at the end of the month, can be found on eBay's website.
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