eBay have removed Coronavirus merchandise listings as they profit from human tragedy and breach their disaster and tragedy policy.
Listings or items that portray, glorify, or attempt to profit from human tragedy or suffering, or that are insensitive to victims of such events, are not allowed.
What is the policy?
Listings and items that graphically portray, glorify, or attempt to profit from human tragedy or suffering, or that are insensitive to victims of such events, are not allowed
Items and media related to natural disasters or human tragedies that have substantial social, artistic, or political value, such as newspaper clippings or documentaries can be listed in some circumstances
-eBay disaster and tragedy policy
Examples of merch you can’t sell:
Cashing in on Coronavirus Merchandise
By the looks of it medical supplies are not the only way sellers are capitalising on the virus. Funny t-shirts, mugs and other items are being sold all over the place. Online marketplaces are flooded with Coronavirus merchandise, making fun of the latest epidemic. In some ways it’s unsurprising, similar has been seen before, Swine Flu and the increasing concern is creating a resourceful trend for businesses.
Some sellers are creating their own versions of designer gear such as Gucci and supreme face masks. Sellers will have to be careful about the products they sell. We wrote about Disney cracking down on Baby Yoda merch earlier this year, the bigger problem merch released in the midst of epidemic crisis is that sellers could be profiting in an unethical way using someone else brand image. If you’re selling in this way don’t be surprised if you’re tracked down.
If you’ve been selling this kind of stuff on eBay you might have noticed your listings have been removed in their aim to remain sensitive to the mortality caused but other marketplaces including Amazon and Etsy are still allowing merchants to sell Coronavirus Merchandise.