Turns out, eBay has a policy that prohibits sellers from profiting off of “human tragedy or suffering.”
In fact, eBay sent an email to one seller explaining their position — “Please note, due to sudden and tragic passing of Kobe Bryant – eBay has made the decision to prohibit the sale of merchandise, images and mugs relating to their passing.”
“We do not allow listings that attempt to profit from human tragedy or suffering.”Shirts, pins, programs and other items from Monday’s event at Staples Center hit the auction site this week. One XL shirt sold for a whopping $2,025.
The policy does not prevent the sale of more traditional Kobe memorabilia — like autographs, jerseys, photos, etc — despite the fact those items are in high demand following the NBA star’s death.
People will eventually find another way of selling the items but do you stand behind EBAY’S decision?