SEATTLE, June 23 (UPI) -- Amazon began yanking its Confederate flag-related products Tuesday just hours after the items began rising to the top of the website's list of popular sellers.
One day after Walmart declared it would no longer sell items featuring the Confederate flag, Amazon followed suit. Clicking on links to items like the Confederate flag or rebel flag-themed boxer shorts took customers to an empty webpage Tuesday afternoon.
"We're sorry," the message on the page says. "The web address you entered is not a functioning page on our site."
Earlier in the day, the top five items in Amazon's "Movers & Shakers" webpage were variations on the Confederate flag. The page features the company's "biggest gainers in sales rank over the past 24 hours."
The Ruffin Flag Co. in Georgia saw a 2,305 percent increase in sales of its Confederate flag on the list.
Sears, eBay, Etsy and Target also moved to distance themselves from Confederate flag merchandise Tuesday.
The moves took place on the heels of a debate sparked by the racially motivated shooting deaths of nine people at a Charleston, S.C., church Wednesday.
On Monday, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the Capitol. Later that night, Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn said the Confederate emblem should no longer be on the Mississippi state flag.