eBay 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
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.