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eBay Bans Sale of Magic Items...and Psychics Unite in Protest


“Ebay bans alternative religious items. But! Not for Christians."

If you are in the market to purchase of spells, potions, curses or other magical services through eBay, you have until the end of the month to partake. The site, which also owns PayPal, has banned them and other advice services starting Sept. 1.

According to its 2012 Fall Seller Update the following have been added to the list of prohibited items to sell:

[...] advice; spells; curses; hexing; conjuring; magic; prayers; blessing services; magic potions; healing sessions; work from home businesses & information; wholesale lists, and drop shop lists.

ABC News has more from eBay about why it made this change:

Perhaps it’s the intangibility of hexes and curses that makes them tough to host. “EBay regularly reviews categories and updates our policies based on customer feedback,” a statement from the company read. “We are discontinuing a small number of categories within the larger metaphysical subcategory, as buyers and sellers have told us that transactions in these categories often result in issues that can be difficult to resolve.”

ABC also notes some eBay users are not pleased, considering some other religious items may still be sold. Here's what one person said on eBay's forum according to ABC:

“Ebay bans alternative religious items. But! Not for Christians. Holy water and other sundry ‘holy’ items are discriminately allowed. … Hm. Let me get this straight. Some guy in Rome wearing long robes can wave his hand over some water and imbue it with something, and then it’s very ‘powerful?’ How is that different from any other magical item previously sold on ebay?…”

To combat this ban of magical services, ABC notes that psychics have started a petition calling on supporters to contact eBay and voice their discontent:

There are so many people that work so hard to do this everyday, and countless more people who depend on our services! For the few bad apples and problems ebay may have.... is a thousands even millions more successful and happy clients every day!

So far, the petition has more than 900 signatures.

(H/T: io9)

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