Friday, January 29, 2010

eBay bans history

The TV program is set in WWII and is about RESISTANCE to the Nazis
"Auction website eBay has banned a board game based on popular UK television sitcom Dad's Army for being "offensive" and "associated with Nazis".
A spokesman for the site said the game could "promote violence, hatred and racial or religious intolerance" because it bore swastikas on the box cover.

Stunned seller Dave Davidson, from Worcestershire in England said: "I couldn't believe it when they sent me an email telling me my Dad's Army board game could incite violence and hatred. "Its so annoying because any human being with an ounce of common sense can see Dad's Army is the most harmless TV programme in the world." "But instead of making a few quid and clearing some space, I've been made to look like I'm a racist or Nazi sympathiser. I'm very annoyed."

But Jenny Thomas, of eBay UK, said: "eBay will remove listings that bear the marks of organisations that promote hatred and racial intolerance and we are strict and unapologetic in adhering to this policy. "With 100 million listings globally we have to apply this rule to any item bearing such insignia, regardless of whether it is an innocent item like a board game."

The box of the 1970s game shows the famous cast of the comic TV show, such as Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson, alongside arrows of swastikas and one of a Union Flag, as seen in the opening credits of the programme [and above].


So we must not be intolerant of Nazis now????


Anonymous said...

I guess that Ebay UK will not be carrying any history books of WWII that contain any pictures of the enemy then...

Anonymous said...

I never had much respect for e-bay, now what little repsect I had is gone. said...

Wonder if eBay will ban:

• Mililtant gay hate groups?
• Malcom X hate propoganda?
• ML King myth propoganda?

Anonymous said...

You might be very surprised to know just how controlling Ebay really is. They will arbitrarily ban "anything and everything" that doesn't meet their PC'ized standards.

Bobby said...

There's plenty of nazi stuff on eBay, including movies about nazis, books about the SS uniform, nazi exploitation films like "Ilsa. She-wolf of the SS" which features a very sexy woman dressed like a nazi.

I read eBay policies and the only thing they don't want is white supremacist materials or anything that promotes white supremacy.

I think eBay uk may have different standards. I know that in England a lot of youtube videos get flagged as offensive just because they feature guns, it's an entirely different culture.

Anonymous said...

What utter drivel. I just went onto eBay UK, put in the search term "swastika" and got 419 hits, including for example: "RARE NAZI 3rd Reich Hitler WWII SWASTIKA COIN". Mind you, it can't be that rare with a "Buy It Now" price of only £2.16!

Anonymous said...

What utter drivel. I just went onto eBay UK, put in the search term "swastika" and got 419 hits, including for example:

10 children's books!

Everyone should go in and flag them as being "Prohibited" / Offensive" / "Items produced by or linked to disastrous or tragic events"

What hypocrites.

Anonymous said...

Want to really set off their alarm bells? Try typing in anything to do with tobacco or smoking!

Anonymous said...

Prohibited and restricted items on Ebay:

Adult Only category

alcohol (see also wine)

animals and wildlife products – examples include live animals, mounted specimens, and ivory


artifacts, grave-related items, and Native American arts and crafts

catalytic converters and test pipes

cell phone (wireless) service contracts

charity or fundraising listings

clothing, used

cosmetics, used

counterfeit currency and stamps

credit cards

currency, selling

drugs and drug paraphernalia

drugs, describing drugs or drug-like substances

electronics equipment – examples include cable TV de-scramblers, radar scanners, and traffic signal control devices

electronic surveillance equipment – examples include wiretapping devices and telephone bugging devices

embargoed goods and prohibited countries – examples include items from Cuba

event tickets

firearms, weapons, and knives – examples include pepper spray, replicas, and stun guns (see also military items)

food and healthcare items

gift cards

government documents, IDs, and licenses

government, transit, and shipping-related items – examples include airplane operations manuals, subway employee uniforms, and U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mailbags

hazardous materials – examples include batteries, fireworks, and Freon

human parts and remains

importation of goods into the United States – examples include CDs that were intended only for distribution in a certain country

international trading

items encouraging illegal activity – examples include an eBook describing how to create methamphetamine

lockpicking devices

lottery tickets

mailing lists and personal information

manufacturers' coupons

medical devices – examples include contact lenses, pacemakers, and surgical instruments

military items (see also firearms, weapons, and knives)

multi-level marketing, pyramid, and matrix programs

offensive material – examples include ethnically or racially offensive material and Nazi memorabilia


plants (see weeds and seeds)

police-related items

political memorabilia (reproduction)

postage meters

prescription drugs

prohibited services

real estate

recalled items

slot machines


stocks and other securities

stolen property and property with removed serial numbers

surveillance equipment



weeds and seeds

Paul Dow said...

Don't forget eBay's so-called privacy policy that will provide your bidding and selling history to anyone claiming to be "law enforcement" without any warrant, or even any verification that the request is from a valid organization.

Anonymous said...

eBay is so f'd up, it's not even funny. I stopped using it years ago. First, you can't even get a good deal there anymore. The retards (oops, that wasn't PC!) who shop there will drive the price of an item through the roof just for the sake of winning an auction. It's incredibly gay (oops, that wasn't PC either). Then you've got the afore-mentioned privacy issues with ebay by another poster, not to mention their stupid policies. eBay can play hide and go F itself.