EBay bans sales of supernatural items: magic spells, potions, hexes

Aug 17, 2012 By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times

Making a profit on the occult arts? Cultivating a loyal customer base for potions, magic spells and psychic readings? Not on eBay, you're not.

In its 2012 Fall Seller Update, the online said it was banning all sales of supernatural goods and services, exiling its witchy and wizardly clientele to the wilds of Craigslist and other Web-based Diagon Alleys.

Among the prohibited items: "advice; spells; curses; hexing; conjuring; magic services; prayers; blessings; Psychic, Tarot, Reiki, and other metaphysical readings & services; magic potions; healing sessions."

EBay representatives did not immediately respond to questions as to why Harry Potter wannabes were no longer welcome or whether they contributed substantially to transactions.

But beginning Aug. 30, attempts to list such enchantments for sale will be blocked, according to the website.

Luckily, is still allowing sellers to put up offers such as the one posted last week from Temecula, Calif., advertising "LOVE SPELLS, MONEY SPELLS and MORE!!"

The post promises such confidential services as a "Big Booty Spell," a "Candy Charm," a "Psychic Vampires Spell," a "Lemon Curse" and something called a "Binding for the Annoying."

The spell-caster, described as "a powerful witch and psychic" with more than "25 years experience in potent magic," pledges to go to work within 24 hours. Double casts cost $15 while a "super potent triple cast" goes for $20.

A legal disclaimer at the bottom states that, by law, "spells, readings & paranormal objects are for entertainment purposes only."

"You agree that your purchase is subject to your own interpretation & is not a substitute for legal, financial, psychiatric or medical help," according to the post. "You further agree that we are not responsible or liable for any paranormal activity that will or not occur."

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sstritt
4.2 / 5 (5) Aug 17, 2012
Just checked: they still allow homeopathic items.
kochevnik
3.7 / 5 (3) Aug 17, 2012
Tonnes of xtian crap still sold there. Makes sense ebay is run by the mormon mafia.
theskepticalpsychic
not rated yet Aug 17, 2012
They probably are doing this out of fear of lawsuits.
Skepticus
2 / 5 (4) Aug 17, 2012
They stopped short of banning all other non-supernatural/metaphysical scriptures/materials- xtians', islamic's, jewish's, Buddhist's. I know why. xtians will scream about free speech and write lots of blogs about it, Jews will be foaming for it being anti-Semitic, will order the whole global media outlets and their politicians to squash it in short order, Islamists will scream for this blatant obstruction of the Words of The Prophet , and the army of suicide bombers will be mobilized at once. The Buddhists... will shrug, ignore it, do nothing and stay silent.
alfie_null
5 / 5 (2) Aug 18, 2012
"Luckily, Craigslist is still allowing ..."
Interesting choice of adverb.
General_Hermes
not rated yet Aug 20, 2012
Just checked: they still allow homeopathic items.


Ha!
Aloken
not rated yet Aug 20, 2012
Just checked: they still allow homeopathic items.


Candy can't be branded as a supernatural or metaphysical item, its food.