eBay.com to remove adults-only section

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eBay.com have recently updated their Adult items policy in preparation for the departure of their adults-only section on their US site. On the 15th of July this year the adult section will close and the following items will no longer be permitted for sale:

  • Adult Only DVDs & movies
  • Adult Only Magazines
  • Adult Only Video Games
  • Adult Only Domain Names
  • Other Adult Only
  • Adult Only Collectibles on Blu-Ray, DVD and Film, LaserDisc, VHS, Other Adult Movie Formats, VCD, SVCD, VHS Non-US (PAL)

There are some exceptions, for example, certain pieces of nude art and sex toys can still be listed in the appropriate categories as detailed in the updated policy.

“Items in Adult Only Collectibles and Art may be listed outside of the Adult Only category only if they do not contain displays of sexual activity.

“Items in Adult Only Sex Toys, Accessories, Clothing, Jewelry, Books, and Music categories may be relisted if they do not show nudity or sexual activity”

The news appears to be daunting for some and the future of the sale of video games on the platform is a hot topic within the media. However, the restrictions are worded similarly to those we already see in the UK. We don’t think eBay will be taking away your virtual second amendment rights, but honestly, there are some really dodgy snuff movies that wouldn’t have even been allowed in the adult category and deserve to be banned. With children browsing the platform it’s no surprise eBay want to update their policy on this.

According to eBay, they have removed the adults-only section as they want to make adult items available to those who wish to purchase them and can do so legally, while preventing those who do not wish to view or purchase these items from easily accessing them.

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