September 3, 2012

eBay bans magic spells and potions

Magic spell auctions are no longer allowed
Budding warlocks and sorcerers will have to go elsewhere for their magical supplies. Ebay is banning the sale of "metaphysical goods" such as potions and spells.

The Wall Street Journal reports the online shopping and auction giant will stop selling the items, which make up a good chunk of its inventory, starting Thursday. The company has allowed the sales since 1995 and had tens of thousands of listings in the category.

Tabetha Berry, 50, told the newspaper she makes 80% of her income selling psychic readings on the site.

"I'm feeling so defeated," she said, adding she's tried selling her services on Craigslist, but people just hit on her. "I guess I could have seen that coming."

The company said the metaphysical goods category is more trouble than its worth. Shoppers complain to customer services after they buy spells that fail to bring them wealth, or potions that failed to transform them into magical creatures.

Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker are 17th century witches in the film "Hocus Pocus." No such witchcraft will be allowed on EBay. (Disney)

"We want a trusted marketplace where buyers have confidence and can have a consistently great experience, and if there's a category that's not meeting that bar, we'll eliminate the category," said Devin Wenig, president of eBay marketplaces.

But will the retailer find itself facing the wrath of magic-users worldwide?

"We hope any spells cast toward eBay promote a vibrant and trusted marketplace," spokesman Alan Marks said.

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