No more spells, hexes, or prayers on eBay


eBay is banning the sale of spells, hexes, healings, blessings, prayers, and other similar supernaturalia. From CNN:

Beginning in September, the site is banning the sale of "advice, spells, curses, hexing, conjuring, magic, prayers, blessing services, magic potions, [and] healing sessions," according to a policy update.

The company is also eliminating its category listings for psychic readings and tarot card sessions.

Has anyone actually been buying magic on eBay? It seems so: The site's "spells and potions" category currently has more than 6,000 active listings and happy feedback from quite a few satisfied buyers.

"Best spell caster on Ebay," one customer wrote after a recent purchase.

"Wonderful post-spells communication!" another raved. "We bought 4 spells! Highly Recommend!"

"EBay bans sale of spells and hexes"


  1. Thanks for the early warning.  I still have a fortnight to get my Christmas shopping done.

    1. haha I love how crack pipes roll, for years there were and maybe in some places still are, some product or other, be it a flower, or vanilla bean or what have you, being sold in a glass tube with a lil glass holder in one end to keep the flower in place, in so many convenience stores.

      I wanted to buy the rose one to give a sweetie so I could later ask them wth why u gotta crack pipe?

  2. They also mentioned Etsy at the end of the piece:

    Etsy, a platform for homemade goods, also recently prohibited the sale of various items, including drug paraphernalia and body parts.

    Must be a bummer to everyone who was using Etsy to sell human skull bongs.

  3. Sigh, my mission in life appears to about to become – go to ebay, find homeopathic remedy, report it as a “magic potion” … it’s going to take a while, I’m going to need some help ….

    1. There used to be a St. Joseph statue site that had a splash page where you had to ID yourself as a Realtor (volume discount!) or seller.

  4. I’m of the opinion if someone is stupid enough to buy spells, hexes, or any supernatural services over ebay they deserve to lose their money. Its the only way they’re going to learn how retarded doing so is.

    Prohibiting it is giving the whole process/people involved far more relevance than it deserves.

  5. More outrage! eBay is selling “Breast Inspector” badges without asking for paperwork. What if someone who is not qualified gets a badge like this?

    1. I didn’t go through 6 years of breast inspector college for nothing. When I came back from BU, they spat on me.

  6. “Are you looking for… the Adult Only login page or help about the Adult Only category”

    Plus my ebay search history is now a bit odd

    1. I’m a practicing pagan, or “herpyderpy” person if you will, and I am totally ok with ebays decision. Spiritual advice and services probably should not be sold over the Internet. It’s just so crass. a lot of us don’t even feel money should be exchanged for such thing as they are subjective and intangible. That being said, the ban doesn’t include pagan handcrafts or ritual items (which are tangible) so I don’t see it as discriminatory really. At least not if those rules apply to other religious groups equally, for example can I buy Christian prayers over eBay? How about absolution of my sins? No? Well that’s fine then.

  7. If the buyers are happy with the purchase where is the problem? Can they get around it by saying “for novelty use only”?

  8. Everytime I see something like this, some tap of fleeced fool money being closed, I get teh slightest itch about missing all that free money if only I were slightly closer to ammoral.

    Homeopaths, yeah, I could also wildcraft some medicine, or just rely on tap water as so many do to get rich or at least paid… stupid niggling backbone keeping me honest wtf yo. 

    1.  You’re not the only one. The urge to make easy money selling water, or sugar pills, or, well, NOTHING to gullible idiots can be pretty frustrating sometimes. On the plus side, at least you have a conscience, one of the few things that can’t be bought for any amount of money.

  9. I can see some problems with the concept. What if there is a dispute between the buyer and seller? “He didn’t do the spell right!” “The spirits don’t have to help someone so selfish!”, etc. How could you prove who was right?

      1.  Yes.  There’s a physical object to point to, which a neutral third party can make a ruling on:  Yes/No, that Is/Isn’t what you ordered.

        Subjective personal experiences, almost by definition, are difficult or impossible to do that with.

  10. I think it has to do with the fact there selling non physical services rather than physical objects than just because there occult.   Are there any other services that are aloud to be sold on ebay?

    1. I just logged in to say basically the same thing.  The context-sensitive advertising on this page is for asknow dot com, and they are encouraging me to click to “Ask a Free Psychic Question”

      Although if I were actually able to ask Psychic Questions, I’m not sure what use i would have for asknow

  11. Darn it! Now I have to go all the way to Darnassus in order to get my spells. Not cool…  :)

  12. Another Pagan here, one who actually does tarot readings at that.  I’m actually fine with the eBay policy- rosaries, St Joseph statues, and any of my handcrafts are still allowed because they are tangible goods.

    The problem was that eBay was becoming a middleman for transactions which could not actually be proven to have taken place.

    If sell a wand online, the customer has a physical item, a shipping label, and a return address.  If there’s an issue, there’s something to point to, even if that issue can be summed up with “not happy with purchase”.  If I do a tarot reading for someone in person, they’re paying me for my time rather than for any advice or insight.  If someone sells a service like that online, well, there’s no way to prove whether they actually did anything, or just pasted a form email response.

    1. Exactly. I really don’t trust most of the ritual services you can buy online to truly be carried out, or to be carried out as they are often described. Under a full moon under the right stars etc. it all sounds very unlikely. Also, ritual work tends to only be effective if the practitioner is personally and emotionally invested in the outcome. Even if you are a person who believes wholeheartedly in the efficacy of magick, it’s just not a good investment. Do it yourself and you will be much better off. I generally don’t charge for readings, some people insist, in which case I usually just use the cash to buy lunch for a homeless guy. But the I don’t need to make a living that way. The only service I’ve ever charged for is performing handfastings.

      Honestly as pagans we have way bigger issues facing us, and it seems a bit silly to worry about this sort of thing.

  13. Note that this is not banning only non-physical items, but also physical items with alleged magical properties. Let’s see if they extend this to Catholic prayer beads and crosses.

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