Sunday, September 13, 2015

Ebay Bans Confederate Flag Sales

September 13, 2015

Ebay Headquarters
Atten: Devin Wenig
2065 Hamilton Avenue
San Jose, California 95125

Dear Mr. Wenig:

I recently placed two items for sale on ebay. I have been a member of ebay since 12/13/2004. As of yesterday I had been a seller for 1,432 days. I am closing my account effective today.

The reason I am closing my account is because your company has decided that your company “believes the image of the confederate flag itself has become a contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism.”

I am from the State of Georgia and my two items were a T-shirt and the Georgia Flag. The T-shirt has a Confederate Flag on it with the saying “It’s a Southern Thing, Y’all Wouldn’t Understand.” Obviously you do not understand that the majority of Southerners and people around the world see the flag as a symbol of our region and history. The only reason it is divisive is because people like you and your company make it divisive.

According to your 2014 annual report page 14 lists item 1A:Risk Factors. From the report “Substantial and increasingly intense competition worldwide in the ecommerce and global payments industry may materially and adversely affect our overall business and results of operations.”

Might I suggest you add to your risk factors stupid decisions by management. I have already moved my business and my account to Ebid and look forward to dealing with them going forward.

I must say that the recent plunge in your stock price seems to coincide with you decision to ban Confederate Items on June 23, 2015. Your action against me and others will be spread across the internet via this letter so that others can make the same decision as I have.


John C. Hall, Jr.

Encl: Stock plunge, removal message and my account closing message

CC: Pierre M. Omidyar, Founder

------------------------Posted for Sale on Ebay - Banned----------------------------------


--------------------Now listed on Ebid - Ebay's biggest competitor-------------------------

Click this link for Ebid

Stock Price Dive


Dear forrestcsa1,

Recently, eBay took action on your account due to a policy violation related to this item: Its a Southern Thing T-shirt, 100% Cotton. We would like to get your feedback regarding this recent interaction via the survey link below.

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Your listing has been removed: Discrimination in a Listing

Hello forrestcsa1,
After reviewing your eBay account, it looks like you haven’t followed our Discrimination in a Listing policy. We understand that you may not have been aware of this policy or that this may have been an oversight, so we're including some policy information to help you with your future listings. We also had to take the following actions:
- Listings that didn't follow eBay guidelines have been removed. A list of removed items is available further down in this email.
- We have credited all associated fees except for the final value fee for your listing(s).

Listings that promote or endorse discrimination against any individuals or groups aren’t allowed on eBay.

To learn more about our offensive-materials policy, go to: 

Ebay has made a decision to no longer permit Confederate battle flag listings. Likewise, items designed with the pattern of the battle flag as the central theme are also prohibited. We believe the image of the flag itself has become a contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism. This is not a reflection or judgement on anyone selling the item and we respect that there are a wide variety of opinions on this issue. We thank you for your understanding and ask you to please not list these kinds of items. We would have loved to explain this to you over a phone call, however, this item was removed outside of our calling hours. (9:00 AM to 9:00 PM)

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with this information and be sure that your current and future listings follow these guidelines. If they don’t, they'll be removed and we may, at our sole discretion, decide not to refund your fees. It could also result in additional actions, including loss of buying and selling privileges on eBay.

If you have any more questions, contact our policy experts.

Here are the listings that were removed:
291560558430 - Its a Southern Thing T-shirt, 100% Cotton
291561248766 - Georgia state flag

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MC999 Notice: User Account Closed per User Request

Hello forrestcsa1 (,

As you requested, we've started the process of closing your account. Your account is now blocked from bidding or listing on eBay. You can still access your account information to find out if you owe any fees. However, if you've had recent listings or bidding activity, you'll need to wait 60 days.

By allowing days to pass, we can make sure that all of your transactions are complete. After these days pass, we'll close your account and send you a final account closure notice. We'll also contact you if you have an unpaid balance on your account.

Please note that after we close your account, your contact information, transaction history, and Feedback Profile will be permanently deleted from our system.

If you don't want to permanently close your account, please click "Help & Contact" at the top of most eBay pages to reach us contact us immediately. 



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