Extra verification for non-knife buyers on eBay UK

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At the end of August eBay announced they would introduce additional verification procedures for buyers wishing to purchase knives on eBay. From September buyers need to place a credit card on file or enter their card details at the point of purchase.

That seems an eminently step to ensure no one under the age of eighteen purchases knives but it’s being applied for non-knife listings.


 
TameBay reader Kate attempted to buy “PLASTIC BELL FLOWER FLOWER BEADS” from the plastic beads category. Although there is no reference to knives in the description she was still warned that placing a bid is confirmation that she’s legally entitled to buy a knife.
 
In her words “This is the silliest thing I’ve come across yet – no wonder buyers get put off.”

11 Responses

  1. I have known for years the demonic powers that bead peddlers possess,, just why it has taken eBay so long to realise the wicked intentions of bead peddlers is a joke,,

    maybe finally we can put an end to this hideous beast of a drug that we call beads,, It’s a shame eBay is always the last to act!

  2. LOL you lot are silly! But not as silly as ebay seems to be sometimes. I was using my buying ID and had never bothered to register a credit card against it, I was quite shocked when I got that message.

  3. I also saw someone complaining that they had had a listing for “ivory coloured beads” pulled on the grounds that the sale of ivory was banned on ebay…!

    This was mentioned on a bead forum, I guess she will have to find some other word to descrbe the colour. Obviously bead sellers are nothing but trouble!

  4. eBay actually took my advice?!?

    As you will note in your previous article I suggested that they treat everything like a knife. Looks like eBay does listen.

  5. This afternoon I was searching the house for some missing beads, and my other half, who thinks he’s oh so funny, said “have you tried looking in the knife drawer?”

    And there I was thinking that he never listens to a word I say…

  6. Re: beads …

    We had 2 customers with the message not wanting to put the details on file… who knows how many have been put off totally!

    (Im sitting watching Match of The Day fashioning a very nice cleaver out of a kilo of silver lined seed beads….. and with 30 tonnes of them thats a lot of cleavers… LOL).

  7. I’ve just tried to buy lilac glass pearls from 3 different sellers on ebay, every single one came up with the,” trying to buy a knife “message, however lilac glass heart beads didn’t.

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