In the fall of 2012, Ebay took a stand against the sale of paranormal products. Though some people still tried to sell ghosts and “haunted” objects. Now, Etsy, the online marketplace for handcrafted goods has offended their community of supernatural vendors by shutting down accounts that sell spells and hexes.
“Swathes of us have now had our sales and shop views tank, and there is great distress in the metaphysical community,” said on anonymous vendor. Under Etsy’s previous rules, spells and hexes were allowed to be sold as long as results weren’t guarantee and they came with something tangible like a download or object. So, it was believing buyer beware.
[…]many metaphysical sellers believe that Etsy has a cultural bias against their goods. One forum user compared the sale of crystals that could be used in meditative rituals to the sale of a rosary or a cross. Both items represent spirituality, but neither make the claim that they will heal your ills or help you speak to God.
“Etsy seems to be only targeting those items of a pagan/occult nature while allowing items of certain faiths traditionally used for protection like St. Christopher medals, to still be marketed,” said another vendor in an email. “Personally I think it’s probably unintended ignorance and failure to consider and think through what banning all spiritual, energetic and magickal claims will really mean.”
Objects can still be sold so this seems like a baseless claim but any object that claims to affect some supernatural claim, whatever entity is invoked, should fall under the same policy.
Etsy had long hosted such vendors so their change was unexpected though suspected to be due to the questionable nature of such sales as part of their business. The witches are mad and are thinking about casting a spell against them. Good luck with that…
An auction site just for such products was supposedly set up after the Ebay outster. But that seems to be defunct now too. Guess they will just have to go back to the tried and true methods of ads in the back of magazines and secret back rooms.