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UK: Ebay apologises to lesbian couple after banning pro-gay Christmas T-shirts

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  1. BlokeToys 7 Nov 2013, 2:29pm

    So in their quest to be everything to all people and restrict the sale of adult materials they are insulting and attacking mainstream sellers listing things under gay interest?

    Having been in this business for a while it really doesn’t surprise me. Even in so-called “modern” and “liberal” countries such as ours Ebay, Google, PayPal and other large companies still maintain extremist Victorian attitudes to sex and adult content.

    Did you know, for instance, that Google shopping cart refused to do business with adult retailers? Or that PayPal misses out on billions of $’s every year because they refuse to work in adult media sales? Or how about the stupidity of UK law banning the use of the postal system for delivery of adult DVD’s?

    Yes, it’s unenforceable, but it’s illegal in the UK to have adult DVD’s delivered to you through the postal system.

    These are some of the things that make our countries, and these businesses, an embarrassment.

  2. Well done, Helen Brearley and Teresa Millward for protesting to Ebay and having them reverse their behaviour!

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 7 Nov 2013, 3:13pm

    Is it no wonder the CEO of eBay is Meg Whitman, a republican who opposes equal marriage and believes civil unions are perfectly fine to keep people in second class citizenship.

  4. Spanner1960 7 Nov 2013, 5:00pm

    “Helen Brearley, spoke of her horror at the ordeal to the Huffington Post. – We were devastated. ”

    Slight overkill methinks. Ebay could be a bit more judicious over their censorship admittedly, but it’s a bit of a storm in an egcup.

    1. Predictably rubbish response
      How bout we play the game of ‘what they say is what they mean’…?
      Life is much easier that way…

      1. Spanner1960 13 Nov 2013, 4:35pm

        Then they should say what they mean.
        People are “devastated” when they lose their family in a car crash.
        Not when some vendor refuses to sell their pony bloody jumper.

  5. I used to have an ebay shop and its automated system wouldn’t let me have a shop category called gay and lesbian (I used to sell books), to get round it I had to put the words together (or use an ampersand I can’t remember which). What infuriates me is that ebay allows so many dodgy things on their site. I am convinced that people use it to advertise prostitution and escort services, type in well worn used or well worn private and see what I mean. If someone was genuinely trying to sell a pair of shoes to achieve the maximum sale price they wouldn’t show their feet and half naked bodies and describe them in graphic terms. Ebay doesn’t give a damn.

    1. Well said

  6. I’d like to see eBay’s policy on this – having had a number of items removed over the last few weeks – and requested to see this policy wording – I have of course been ignored.

    1. Well said
      Pink News should investigate

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