eBay Inc. Bans Sale of Magic Potions, Spells, Curses

by | August 20, 2012 at 2:22 PM | Odd


Searching for a special potion that will help lead you to your long-lost soul mate? Or are you in dire need of a magic tune that will help banish all your money-spending woes? You’re in luck, but only for a few more weeks. Come September, eBay will ban the sale of all magic potions, curses and spells on their auction website.

According to ABC News, the site will also ban the sale of healing sessions, prayers and blessing services starting Aug. 30. These quick solutions have been offered for peer-to-peer sales on this international website for those who strongly believed in their clever fixes.

In a statement released by eBay, the company defended the policy change by explaining that transactions such as these “often result in issues that can be difficult to resolve.” However, some users have aggressively fought back against this new ban, speaking out on the site’s forum and calling the move “discriminatory.”

One user has been up in arms over the ban of “alternative religious items” while the sale of Christian holy items is still permitted. He argues that holy water is no different than the sacred liquids sold on eBay. Moreover, “Don’t Ban Our Psychics,” a petition that has collected more than 800 signatures so far, went viral to help remove the new ban for wiccans, witches, and other practitioners who use these products.

Aside from this recent uprising, the San Jose-born company has been doing extremely well in this slow-moving economy. The revenue for the last quarter (ending June 30), increased an astonishing 23 percent to $3.4 billion in sales, compared to the same period in 2011.

Nonetheless, eBay has still permitted the sale of other obscure postings within the past year. For example, a woman from Albuquerque put up her soul for sale on eBay starting at $2,000. However, bids on the spiritual body part weren’t very popular.

Looking for something more tangible per say? Shane Butcher of Tampa Bay happily offered his life, or the “American dream,” for sale for a price of $3.5 million. The package included three video game stores the 29-year-old owns, a two-bedroom townhouse on the water, a rental condo, three cars and two kayaks. However, if you were looking for a couple friendly faces to tag along, perhaps a wife, kid, and dog, those unfortunately were not part of the offer.

Time will tell if the ban will still be in tact after all of the outrage from customers. Until then, the site will still continue to offer some of the world’s most bizarre physical and even elusive products.

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