by Dierdre Hebert
Deirdre will also be covering the eBay changes on her show, PaganFM.
Online auction eBay has new terms of service that may reduce the number of Pagans selling on the site.
The fall 2012 fall seller update bans common Pagan and occult goods and services. Per the eBay communique: “The following items are also being added to the prohibited items list: advice; spells; curses; hexing; conjuring; magic; prayers; blessing services; magic potions; healing sessions; work from home businesses & information; wholesale lists, and drop shop lists. ” This policy becomes effective August 30th.
This same seller update explains, “Transactions in these categories often result in issues between the buyer and seller that are difficult to resolve. To help build confidence in the marketplace for both buyers and sellers, eBay is discontinuing these categories and including the items on the list of prohibited items.”
Sellers who post items after August 30th risk having the items removed and face account suspension or removal.
Currently, under the Readings category, there are 1,922 listings. Spells, Potions includes 6,519 listings. Prices for spells range from a few dollars to thousands of dollars.