Citing concerns over price gouging, ebay has banned the sales of items consumers are purchasing to try to prevent coronavirus.
The ebay announcement reads:
Due to regulatory restrictions across the United States, we have chosen to ban certain items listed on our site.
Effective immediately, eBay will block new listings and start to remove listings that sell:
- Masks including N95/N100 and surgical masks
- Hand Sanitizer/Gel
- Disinfecting Wipes
We will continue to monitor the evolving situation and quickly remove any listing that mentions COVID-19, coronavirus, 2019nCoV (except books) in the title or description.
These listings may violate applicable US laws or regulations, eBay policies, and exhibit unfair pricing behavior for our buyers.
To learn more about the eBay policies, we invite you to read our three most relevant policies on this topic: Prescription and over-the-counter drugs policy, Disaster and Tragedy policy, Search manipulation policy.
We will continue to communicate updates through this announcement board, so please stay informed here.
Our thoughts are with all those affected by Coronavirus.
As always, thanks for selling on eBay.
USAToday reports online marketplace eBay is banning sales from U.S. listings for hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and surgical masks to stop a surge in price gouging hitting consumers desperate to protect themselves and their families from the coronavirus.
The decision comes after USA TODAY reported inflated prices on critical supplies on major online platforms including eBay that could violate price-gouging laws in some states.
Sellers were told by eBay that they could no longer post new listings for N95 and N100 masks, disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizers.
The ban has not yet completely wiped out new listings for these products. As of Friday evening, hundreds of new listings in the U.S. were still popping up on eBay.
In one listing, the starting bid for a 50-pack of N95 masks was $93 with a sale price of $250. A four-pack of 30-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer was listed for $118.
“eBay is working to enforce the new policies,” said spokeswoman Ashley Settle. The company is using a combination of software and moderators to comb through its 1.4 billion listings and remove those that violate the ban. Buyers can also report a listing using the “Report Listing” feature, she said.