Ebay is facing harsh criticism, and rightfully so after being caught by reporters at dailymail.co.uk, having Holocaust souvenirs such as uniforms, shoes, Star of David armbands, a suitcase, and toothbrush posted for sale.
Ebay pulled the items once alerted by dailymail.co.uk, and a ‘urgent investigation’ was conducted. They then issued and apology, and pledged to make donations to a charity.
We are very sorry these items have been listed on eBay and we are removing them. We don’t allow listings of this nature, and dedicate thousands of staff to policing our site and use the latest technology to detect items that shouldn’t be for sale.
We very much regret that we didn’t live up to our own standards. We have made a donation to charity to reflect our concern.
Really? Thousands of staff, and super-duper software couldn’t filter those out or find them? What about mind-reading big data search engine Cassini? Doesn’t that thing tip them off? Ooops, no wait, that hides things.
They don’t allow those types of items, yet they got through not only this time, but in the recent past by the same seller.
It wasn’t that long ago that ebay was under fire for allowing sales of items from the Boston Marathon Bombing.
How, and why do these things keep happening? Again ‘thousands of dedicated staff and the latest technology’? Maybe they were all busy bullying people for reporting porno escort service spam found on ebay forums?
Was ebay asleep at the wheel, or wide awake at the till?
Do ebaY’s words seem to be hollow? Are the same tired excuses, along with claims of “just a venue” wearing thin?
As for failing to live up to their own standards? Oh yes, they did live up to their standards. Much more so than the tens of thousands of recently purged sellers. Come to think of it, why didn’t that seller get purged? Rather odd, yes?
Will that alleged charity donation be in ebaY bucks, vouchers, or some other hoky non-money form? Sure would be something to find out.
Another thing that really sticks out is the pure, sickening, venomous hatred which ebaY’s defenders have unleashed in the comments sections at every last article that I’ve seen so far. Look for yourselves. Have your barf bags handy.
If you disapprove of the ebaY corporate conduct, and/or ebaY supporter/membership’s behavior in the socialsphere over this, avoid ebaY and persuade others to do the same.
- eBay Criticized After Holocaust Souvenirs Hit The Online Auction Blocks (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- EBay removes dozens of Holocaust souvenirs (washingtontimes.com)
- Holocaust Memorabilia Removed From eBay (newsy.com)