(Forwarded from HOGD/AO Yahoo Group)
"eBay has announced that it will be banning the sale of all "metaphysical" goods from their auction site. This will not only include the sale of spells and services such as tarot readings, but all metaphysical supplies such as tarot cards, Wiccan items, etc.
So, you will be able to buy Christian prayer books, rosaries, etc, but you will NOT be able to buy Pagan altar items, pagan books, etc.
In my opinion this is blatant religious discrimination, and eBay needs to be both boycotted and sued.
In the meantime, there is an online petition to stop this located HERE."
In other words, the sale of Goddess statues will be banned, but bobble-head "Plastic Jesus" for for your dashboard are still approved for purchase and sale!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Crossposting the information posted on the Golden Dawn Yahoo Group this morning may have been a bit premature. I have been investigating the matter further and found this interesting article on the subject over on The Wild Hunt blog here. According to Jason Pitzl-Waters:
"It should be noted before we go any further that magical items, physical objects that have an attributable value, are not banned under this change. Spokeswoman Johnna Hoff told Tiffany Hsu at the Los Angeles Times that such items would be allowed in most cases.
“It’s important to note that items that have a tangible value for the item itself and may also be used in metaphysical rites and practices (ie jewelry, crystals, incense, candles, and books) are allowed in most cases.”Which means most of the products in the Wicca and Paganism section of eBay are safe, at least for now. A comfort, no doubt, to the many Pagan vendors and shop-owners who supplement their income by placing items on the site."
The same article suggests that Etsy may adopt the same policy in the near future. Still, it looks like bobble head Goddess figurines will be safe next to plastic Jesus for a while longer on eBay after all!
Anyone with additional information of substance on the changes on eBay and Etsy, please post it in the comments section below.