Friday 17 August 2012

News: EBay Bans Sales of Spells, Potions and Magic

According to a story on the Los Angeles Times website, online auction site eBay is banning sales of occult and witchcraft-related services and items including: “Advice; spells; curses; hexing; conjuring; magic services; prayers; blessings; Psychic, Tarot, Reiki, and other metaphysical readings and; services; magic potions; healing sessions.”

I'm not sure how this will affect eBay in the UK or Europe. I'm also not sure if it is a good thing or a bad thing. I do hope the site doesn't also stop selling magical supplies such as candles, cauldrons and crystal balls.

You can read the full story here:,0,6214536.story


AmethJera said...

I applaud both Etsy and eBay for their concern about the sale of occult items and services because I believe they're only trying to protect their customers from the charlatans and snake oil salesmen. My question, however is this: If you are restricting the sale on your sites of items used by Pagans and various esoteric/mystery traditions, then are you also restricting the sale on your sites of religious medals,prayer cards, blessed candles, malas, prayer beads and rosaries, holy water and anointing oils used by Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Jews among others? Because if you aren't there is a disconnect that leans toward discrimination.

Deb said...

The banning of spells, tarot reading etc. are intangible items, supplies such as candles, herbs, bells etc are tangible items that can be touched.

Its a double edged sword on the banning of the intangible items such as spells, tarot readings etc unfortunately there are people that do take advantage.