eBay's metaphysical ban takes effect

Sept. 6, 2012 at 1:18 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Officials with California-based auction site eBay said the new ban on metaphysical services, which took effect Thursday, follows numerous complaints.

Officials with the San Jose company said they received numerous complaints from buyers who purchased metaphysical services, such as lottery number predictions or magical potions, and complained to eBay when the services did not work as advertised, The Wall Street Journal reported.

"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.

Spokesman Alan Marks said the site is not worried about retaliation spells cast on the Web site by scorned soothsayers.

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

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