From: Handy Andy on
where have all the people who sold knives on eBay gone to?
From: petrolcan on
In article <2r8dm5lntjo22bmni827vg6u5v58ckd59e(a)4ax.com>, Handy Andy
says...
>
> where have all the people who sold knives on eBay gone to?

Jail.
From: Fran on

"Gaz" <spam(a)spam.com> wrote in message
news:MPG.25d160643461dc4e9896a5(a)news.eternal-september.org...
> In article <hk7bak$s0b$1(a)news.eternal-september.org>,
> autumnacorn(a)vendredi.fr.com says...
>
>> This isn't a new change: middle of last year, iirc.
>>
>
> I am quite aware of that, thanks!

OK. Got the impression some here were surprised by it.

>
> I can remember the actual report on BBC TV's Watchdog programme, that
> was the sole reason for the introduction of the policy.
>

Yeah. Government by media.


From: Willy Eckerslyke on
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).
From: Fran on

"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.


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