The Wall Street Journal reports that the online auction site, which has allowed the sale of metaphysical goods since its launching in 1995, has recently had a change of heart, adding to its no-sell list items such as spells, potions and other magical services.
eBay is “is a substantial online channel for many magicians and seers,” reports the WSJ, “with more than 40,000 spell listings and 1,500 tarot-card readings on offer.”
The reason for the big ban? Magic is, quite simply, a “customer-service headache”.
The company says handling complaints was a problem when, for example, customers didn’t win the lottery after buying a spell that promised them they would, or didn’t turn into werewolves after imbibing a potion that guaranteed a transformation.
EBay adds that it isn’t afraid of any hexes that might be cast on the company in the wake of its decision. “We hope any spells cast toward eBay promote a vibrant and trusted marketplace,” says spokesman Alan Marks.
Maybe Etsy will prove better suited to the crafty homespun nature of black magic wares? [WSJ]
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