August 10, 2007
eBay Takes A Guilt Trip
By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily
This information was promulgated by a gentleman named Mark Halprin, who holds the title of Vice President, Trust & Safety. When I saw this I turned a pale fuscia with envy. It makes Deputy Editor seem limp and lifeless, sort of like a collapsed souffle.
I am therefore changing my title to Vice President, Truth & Beauty. In any event, if you want to buy an RPG or a couple of pounds of Semtex, you won't be able to get it on E-Bay.
Hello everyone. In mid-August, we will be updating our Firearms, Weapons and Knives Policy to place more restrictions around gun-related items. Once these changes take effect, we will prohibit listings of any firearm part that is required for the firing of a gun. This includes items like bullet tips, brass casings and shells, barrels, slides, cylinders, magazines, firing pins, trigger assemblies, etc. Please read the Firearms, Weapons and Knives Policy for more details on our current policy.
As you may know, eBay does not allow the listing of any items which are regulated by individual states or the federal government; however, there are still a large number of firearm-related parts that are legal and are widely available in retail stores. These items have also historically been allowed on eBay.
After learning that some items purchased on eBay may have been used in the tragedy at Virginia Tech in April 2007, we felt that revisiting our policies was not only necessary, but the right thing to do. After much consideration, the Trust & Safety policy team - along with our executive leaders at eBay Inc. - have made the decision to further restrict more of these items than federal and state regulations require.
This new update continues to encourage safety among our community members and brings our policies in the U.S. and Canada in closer alignment with our existing policies in other markets around the globe.
Vice President, Trust & Safety