As a stamp seller he’s been banned from selling stamps from North Korea and according to his local newspaper, The Argus, received the following message from eBay:
eBay’s policy prohibits the sale of most items that originate from North Korea due to sanctions enforced by the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Therefore, as of April 9 2013, eBay will no longer allow listings for stamps, coins or paper money from North Korea.
There’s two sides to this – firstly eBay will naturally claim to be a US company, have their hands tied, and have to toe the US Government’s demands. The other is that if someone has a few stamps and wish to sell them, then why shouldn’t they?
Do the US Government really have the right to determine whether a seller on the South Coast of England can or can’t sell a few stamps – probably not, that would be down to the UK authorities to enforce. The answer is probably that the US Government can’t tell you not to trade in North Korean stamps, just not on a website owned by a company with a US based parent.
If you are a philatelist and want to boost your collection of stamps from North Korea, hop onto eBay quick and buy any missing from your collection – listed at the time of writing but who knows when eBay will start cancelling the listings.