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Ashcroft’s saliva back on the market

John Ashcroft’s backwash is back on eBay after the auction site removed the listing, citing it’s “adult” content and suggesting it could only be sold in the “mature content” section of their site. I did not put it there. This is a glass that John Ashcroft once drank from, not a dildo.

This is starting to make me wonder how eBay’s consorship mechanism works, or if they have changed it to make it even less personal than it already was. I guess I have never tried to sell anything weird before, but it seems pretty ridiculous to me that any eBay employee could have thought that item had adult content in it. Was it a political move? Is there some Ashcroft ally sitting in an eBay cubicle farm somewhere (that seems hard to believe, since anyone who actually agrees with that guy probably does not use a computer).

It looks like eBay censorship not only affects those trying to peddle the saliva of a mad man, but also people who are just trying to have a conversation in the eBay forums. Now granted, Doc seems particularly angry at the auction giant, but I trust him (at least more than I trust eBay).

Now, I must correct a statement I made in an earlier post about eBay allowing Hitler memorabilia. Turns out, Nazi memorabilia is often banned from the site because of it’s offensive nature. In fact, a search of “ebay banned” on Google returns 3,900,000 hits. So this reignites a theory I had that eBay thinks John Ashcroft is such a despicable person that the selling of a glass he drank from is offensive to all the domestic spying and wiretapping victims or tortured prisoners in American custody. If this is the case, then at least eBay is consistent with their banning of offensive stuff. But somehow, I don’t think that’s the case.

If anything, I guess this is just a good lesson in why capitalist corporations cannot be trusted to hold public forums, whether that forum is for the sale of some Third Reich dinnerware or the spit of a U.S. Attourney General or conversation about how the capitalist organization sucks. eBay is all worried about their loss of auctions now that Craig’s List and a bunch of other startups have come along, yet their solution is not to make eBay better, but to continue censoring the hell out of everyone who uses the site in their cold, impersonal way that drives people batty.

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eBay gets off on Ashcroft’s backwash

I got this e-mail today from eBay, explaining why they removed my listing for a glass of John Ashcroft’s backwash.

Dear tfooq(XXXXXXXXXX@gmail.com),

You recently listed the following auction-style listing:

320282682781 – John Ashcroft’s BACKWASH!! DNA of a war criminal!!!

The was removed because it violated the eBay Adult Material policy. We notified members who placed bids on the item that the listing has been canceled.

Adult material (material that is not appropriate for people under 18 years old) can be listed in the eBay Mature Audiences category only. Also, even though it may be legal to sell certain items to adults, sales of these items are still not permitted on eBay.

Obscene materials are not permitted anywhere on eBay. eBay defines obscene materials as those items that show or suggest rape, incest, bestiality, or necrophilia.
For more information about the eBay policy, please visit:

http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/mature-audiences.html

What could eBay possibly find erotic, adult, obscene, whatever in a glass of John Ashcroft’s backwash? It’s a glass the dude drank from once. That might be the least sexy thing I’ve ever heard of.

Now, would I want my child playing with a glass of John Ashcroft’s backwash? Hell no. The stuff creeps me out. But that’s just because he’s a pretty evil guy with bad vibes and a strange desire to torture people. But they sell Hitler memorabilia all the time on eBay, so that can’t be why they took it off.

So now I’m angry. I was all set to retire on the truckloads of money that auction was going to bring in (it was up to $0.16 before eBay destroyed my dreams!).

This fight is not over. EBay, you’re on the list. Being cold and impersonal is why everyone uses Craig’s List now. And your text editor is embarrassing (go start to make a listing and try using the text editor they give you. It’s ridiculous. The spell check looks like it was programmed in ’88).

Ah, so mad. Time to regroup. Anyone have any ideas? I still have the backwash. What should I do with it?

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