Occult notions, potions and lotions banned from Ebay

EBay bans supernatural sales of magic spells, potions, hexes

In its 2012 Fall Seller Update, the online marketplace said it was banning all sales of supernatural goods and services, exiling its witchy and wizardly clientele to the wilds of Craigslist and other Web-based Diagon Alleys.

Among the prohibited items: “advice; spells; curses; hexing; conjuring; magic services; prayers; blessings; Psychic, Tarot, Reiki, and other metaphysical readings & services; magic potions; healing sessions.”

Source: LA Times

No word on why they instituted this new policy. But, I wonder if they were tired of the disputed purchases when they failed to work as described.

You still have Craigslist. They even add helpful dislaimers:

“[S]pells, readings & paranormal objects are for entertainment purposes only.”

“You agree that your purchase is subject to your own interpretation & is not a substitute for legal, financial, psychiatric or medical help,” according to the post. “You further agree that we are not responsible or liable for any paranormal activity that will or not occur.”

UPDATE (17-Aug-2012): A piece by the JREF’s D.J. Grothe.

  3 comments for “Occult notions, potions and lotions banned from Ebay

  1. spookyparadigm
    August 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    This has happened before,

    http://spookyparadigm.blogspot.com/2010/06/occult-materials-forbidden-in.html

    and while Ebay’s update suggests it may be for the reasons you suggest, I suspect it is a combo of that and the old Christian inspired occult fears.

    Now, if they start pulling this, ok then:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Blessed-by-Pope-Holy-Water-directly-from-St-Peter-Basilica-in-the-Vatican-/320951389143?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aba318bd7

  2. August 16, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    I just think they stopped bc it goes into false claim stuff.

  3. oldebabe
    August 17, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Hmmm… could it be EBay doesn’t want to try to sell or deal with something that isn’t a `thing’, i.e.touchable, tangible, material, able to be hefted, etc.as opposed to conjecture, i.e.something that doesn’t have physical substance… (perhaps you know what I mean). Better for their type of business, I would think.

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