make a high bid for the most arbitrary and secretive censors award
From DarkAngel on The Melon Farmers Forum
Anyone remember that story about "Ebay"
pulling auctions of the Box of the Banned DVD set a while back?
Well I had a few run ins with Ebay myself lately and thought I would
share my experiences.
I listed some DVDs on there I no longer wanted. The next day I got an
email saying a couple of them had been pulled as they violated Ebay's
listings policy. The discs in question were I Spit on your Grave
and Faces of Death 2. Both of which being the cut UK versions,
bearing the BBFC rating on the front.
I decided to take issue with them over this, so emailed their customer
services explaining these discs were not pornographic in any way, were
legally certified by the BBFC and could be purchased from any local high
street outlet or bought online at Amazon.
They replied that their listings policies for films was stronger than UK
law allowed and films that breached them, due to either excessive
violence or sex/nudity could not be sold through them (they also said
titles like Baise Moi and Caligula).
I asked them why they had this descriminatory policy against certain
titles, particularly as many of these could be purchased from Woolworths
HMV etc and they said that they deemed certain films inappropriate. I
asked why they deemed certain films inappropriate, they said it was
their company policy as set out in their guidelines, and round and round
the answers went until they just stopped bothering to reply. The only
conclusion I could draw was "because they say so".
Ebay is virtually the only major auction site now that they've
effectively killed off the competition. None of the other sites have the
same large buyer base. Sure you can sell stuff on Amazon marketplace,
but only at fixed price.
It seems to me they were quite happy to allow auctions for all sorts of
films when they were still establishing themselves, but now they've
cornered the market are trying to impose a bizarre form of arbitrary
censorship on material some of the hierarchy doesn't personally like.
It could be argued "tough luck, thats their rules you have to live with
them", but how would people feel if a Virgin Megastore (or HMV or
whoever) opened up in town, forced all the other record stores out of
buisiness, then once they were the only one left refused to stock/sell
certain titles, despite their being a demand for them?
Ebay sure get my vote as bit-part censors. Just seems a bit bizarre they
would deny themselves listing fees for a few films on the basis they
dont personally agree with the content. I did ask if there was some sort
of moral issue here, but they ducked that question.