Richard Ambrose, eBay UK’s head of trust and safety, has announced that eBay UK is to ban the sale of dangerous knives altogether. The announcement was made on tonight’s BBC Watchdog programme, which saw reporters buy five illegal knives from US sellers via eBay UK.
In a statement received by the programme, eBay said that some of the knives bought were illegal in the US too. Richard said that while eBay had introduced a number of measures to stop UK buyers from purchasing knives which are illegal here, these have not been enough, and so eBay UK will be banning all knives “except for kitchen cutlery”.
There’s no date for the introduction of the ban as yet, but it’s expected to be within weeks. We’d expect a little collateral damage too: sellers of items like craft knives – who’ve already seen their buyers expected to complete credit card verification – will probably see those items banned from sale under this policy. More details as we get them.
What’s clear is that – especially once international visibility comes into play – eBay UK has a way to go to clear knives from the site. , for example, is available via eBay Italy.
Updated 20:53 :
All knives except cutlery will be banned from sale on eBay.co.uk and eBay.ie.
This will impact UK, Irish and international sellers who currently list knives for sale to buyers on the eBay.co.uk and eBay.ie sites.
The post will be updated with timings of and further details on the ban.