No more spells, hexes, or prayers on eBay


53 Responses to “No more spells, hexes, or prayers on eBay”

  1. Teller says:

    Oh well, back to card tricks over the phone.

  2. Donald Petersen says:

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

  3. Phoc Yu says:

    eBay also closed down the market for “black-market” beer sales.  Bottles of some local microbrews were going for upwards of $150!

    They buried the lede….You can’t buy a decorative crack pipe on Etsy anymore.  

    • Funk Daddy says:

      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?

  4. BarBarSeven says:

    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.

  5. Taniwha says:

    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 ….

  6. …. yet homeopathic crap is still OK….

  7. HubrisSonic says:

    silly muggles, tricks are for kids.

  8. sam1148 says:

    So, no rosary beads?

  9. efergus3 says:

    So many politicians, so few hexes…

  10. BonzoDog1 says:

    Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell is going have to find a new line of work.

  11. sam1148 says:

    The Rosary beads might be a stretch, they are more props.

    But the St Joseph icons to use to bury in your yard to sell a home, or a St. Christoper medal would, and should fall under their rules, as the claim is that will help sell your home, and comes with a prayer card.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      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.

  12. pjcamp says:

    How does one tell when one has successfully purchased one of these?

    Oh well. You can still buy someone’s grandma. Or virginity. Or jar full of ghosts.

  13. BarBarSeven says:

    Hey! But it’s still legal for eBay sellers to promote unlicensed mustache rides?!?

  14. Petzl says:

    Thanks a lot, secular-humanists!

  15. we_the_people324 says:

    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.

  16. BarBarSeven says:

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

    • Repurposed says:

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

  17. Tribune says:

    “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

  18. Spitty Sumo says:

    herpaderpy people who think they have magjickck powers cry “religious persecution” in 3… 2… 1…

    • denofthieves says:

      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.

  19. Sirkowski says:

    200 000 years of evolution… and still doing the rain dance.

  20. Mitch_M says:

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

  21. SHaGGGz says:

    Religious discrimination class action suit time. Who’s in?

  22. Funk Daddy says:

    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. 

    • Hanglyman says:

       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.

  23. Crashproof says:

    Coincidentally, I just removed the casters from my desk.

  24. ponzicar says:

    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?

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Is that really any worse than getting a sweater vest with three armholes?

      • Mike The Bard says:

         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.

    • Repurposed says:

       When my magic doesn’t work, I usually appeal to the Dungeon Master.

  25. Ladyfingers says:

    If only I’d thought to do this before I found out I couldn’t.

  26. sam1148 says:

     I don’t think they’ve thought their cunning plan through.

  27. darkjayson says:

    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?

  28. Kimmo says:

    Suck shit, sleazy bullshit peddlers!

    : D

  29. ImmutableMichael says:

    Oh the irony…. I’m seeing this page with a banner ad promoting

    I was hoping it was a parody but alas it was not, although she is billed as “extra lucid”.

    • TooGoodToCheck says:

      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

    • Teller says:

      Extra lucid. Now there’s a goal worth reaching.

  30. Sebastian Gravina says:

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

  31. Ito Kagehisa says:

    I cast the spell that made eBay do this.

  32. Mike The Bard says:

    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.

    • denofthieves says:

      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.

  33. Greg Webster says:

    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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