From: Willy Eckerslyke on
Fran wrote:

> Have a go at finding any UK website that will let you actually buy a knife
> on line. It's rather difficult.

Well some of these look pretty sharp!
http://www.cooks-knives.co.uk

They say:
"Please be aware that under UK law you must be aged 18 or over to
purchase any of our kitchen knives.
We Age Verify all knife purchases and may contact you for proof of age."
From: Dr Zoidberg on

"Fran" <autumnacorn(a)vendredi.fr.com> wrote in message
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>
> "Willy Eckerslyke" <oss108no_spam(a)bangor.ac.uk> wrote in message
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>> Gaz wrote:
>>
>>> So whilst eBay is trying to show that it is a responsible site, it also
>>> needs to remember that it also like to think of itself as more of a
>>> facilitator in that it helps bring buyers and sellers together, but then
>>> does not really want to be responsible if a sale goes bad, or a person
>>> gets conned! In my view eBay cannot have it both ways.
>>
>> It's much simpler if you assume that eBay only care about one thing -
>> profit. Presumably, they calculated that their profit from knife sales
>> was worth less than the effects of the bad publicity. Acting responsibly
>> doesn't come into it.
>>
>> For what it's worth, I complained about a knife listing a couple of years
>> ago. Not something I'd normally do, but this one was so blatantly
>> offensive it was hard to see what innocent use it could possibly be put
>> to. I think the locking nature of the blade made it illegal too.
>> Did they pull the listing? Of course not, they couldn't give a toss and
>> let it run to the end (with no bids).
>
> Have a go at finding any UK website that will let you actually buy a knife
> on line. It's rather difficult.
>
http://www.johnlewis.com/230682283/Product.aspx?source=14798

--
Alex

From: Dr Zoidberg on

"Dr Zoidberg" <AlexNOOOOO!!!!!!@drzoidberg.co.uk> wrote in message
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> "Fran" <autumnacorn(a)vendredi.fr.com> wrote in message
> news:hk8vg6$qd4$1(a)news.eternal-september.org...
>>
>> "Willy Eckerslyke" <oss108no_spam(a)bangor.ac.uk> wrote in message
>> news:7sq9j1FoqtU1(a)mid.individual.net...
>>> Gaz wrote:
>>>
>>>> So whilst eBay is trying to show that it is a responsible site, it also
>>>> needs to remember that it also like to think of itself as more of a
>>>> facilitator in that it helps bring buyers and sellers together, but
>>>> then does not really want to be responsible if a sale goes bad, or a
>>>> person gets conned! In my view eBay cannot have it both ways.
>>>
>>> It's much simpler if you assume that eBay only care about one thing -
>>> profit. Presumably, they calculated that their profit from knife sales
>>> was worth less than the effects of the bad publicity. Acting responsibly
>>> doesn't come into it.
>>>
>>> For what it's worth, I complained about a knife listing a couple of
>>> years ago. Not something I'd normally do, but this one was so blatantly
>>> offensive it was hard to see what innocent use it could possibly be put
>>> to. I think the locking nature of the blade made it illegal too.
>>> Did they pull the listing? Of course not, they couldn't give a toss and
>>> let it run to the end (with no bids).
>>
>> Have a go at finding any UK website that will let you actually buy a
>> knife on line. It's rather difficult.
>>
> http://www.johnlewis.com/230682283/Product.aspx?source=14798
>
D'oh!

Hit send by accident.

You seem to be right - quite a few places have gone "in store only"

--
Alex

From: Fran on

"Dr Zoidberg" <AlexNOOOOO!!!!!!@drzoidberg.co.uk> wrote in message
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>
> "Dr Zoidberg" <AlexNOOOOO!!!!!!@drzoidberg.co.uk> wrote in message
> news:hk92mt$fd7$1(a)news.eternal-september.org...
>>
>> "Fran" <autumnacorn(a)vendredi.fr.com> wrote in message
>> news:hk8vg6$qd4$1(a)news.eternal-september.org...
>>>
>>> "Willy Eckerslyke" <oss108no_spam(a)bangor.ac.uk> wrote in message
>>> news:7sq9j1FoqtU1(a)mid.individual.net...
>>>> Gaz wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> So whilst eBay is trying to show that it is a responsible site, it
>>>>> also needs to remember that it also like to think of itself as more of
>>>>> a facilitator in that it helps bring buyers and sellers together, but
>>>>> then does not really want to be responsible if a sale goes bad, or a
>>>>> person gets conned! In my view eBay cannot have it both ways.
>>>>
>>>> It's much simpler if you assume that eBay only care about one thing -
>>>> profit. Presumably, they calculated that their profit from knife sales
>>>> was worth less than the effects of the bad publicity. Acting
>>>> responsibly doesn't come into it.
>>>>
>>>> For what it's worth, I complained about a knife listing a couple of
>>>> years ago. Not something I'd normally do, but this one was so blatantly
>>>> offensive it was hard to see what innocent use it could possibly be put
>>>> to. I think the locking nature of the blade made it illegal too.
>>>> Did they pull the listing? Of course not, they couldn't give a toss and
>>>> let it run to the end (with no bids).
>>>
>>> Have a go at finding any UK website that will let you actually buy a
>>> knife on line. It's rather difficult.
>>>
>> http://www.johnlewis.com/230682283/Product.aspx?source=14798
>>
> D'oh!
>
> Hit send by accident.
>
> You seem to be right - quite a few places have gone "in store only"
>

Yup. I did some idle research a while back. Argos were another example.


From: Fran on

"Willy Eckerslyke" <oss108no_spam(a)bangor.ac.uk> wrote in message
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> Fran wrote:
>
>> Have a go at finding any UK website that will let you actually buy a
>> knife on line. It's rather difficult.
>
> Well some of these look pretty sharp!
> http://www.cooks-knives.co.uk
>
> They say:
> "Please be aware that under UK law you must be aged 18 or over to purchase
> any of our kitchen knives.
> We Age Verify all knife purchases and may contact you for proof of age."

I think they are on very dodgy ground given the law change.


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