Looking a for a spell that will make your partner lust for you and only you? Or a black magic revenge incantation to curse your enemy? Or maybe a good old-fashioned $51 demon-obliterating potion that promises to “destroy heavy demonic energies, entities, beings and forces” is all you need.
Come September, though, you’ll no longer find these quick fixes on eBay. Beginning Aug.30, the online auction site will ban the sale of curses, spells, hexes, magic, prayers, blessing services, magic potions, healing sessions and more.
Perhaps it’s the intangibility of hexes and curses that makes them tough to host. “EBay regularly reviews categories and updates our policies based on customer feedback,” a statement from the company read. “We are discontinuing a small number of categories within the larger metaphysical subcategory, as buyers and sellers have told us that transactions in these categories often result in issues that can be difficult to resolve.”
Ebay, which owns PayPal, is one of the largest auction websites that offers peer-to-peer sales. Last month, the San Jose, Calif., company announced strong second quarter growth: Revenue for the quarter ending June 30, 2012, increased 23 percent to $3.4 billion, compared with the same period the previous year.
The company, whose market cap is more than $58 billion, still has a ton of unusual offerings, ban or no ban on the occult. For $3.5 million, a Florida man is selling the “American Dream,” which includes everything he owns. And a glob of glue that looks like Homer Simpson’s face went for more than $200,000 last January.
But the ban on magic potions and curses has some users up in arms. One, writing on the eBay forum, even called the ban discriminatory.
“Disgusted” wrote: “Ebay bans alternative religious items. But! Not for Christians. Holy water and other sundry ‘holy’ items are discriminately allowed. … Hm. Let me get this straight. Some guy in Rome wearing long robes can wave his hand over some water and imbue it with something, and then it’s very ‘powerful?’ How is that different from any other magical item previously sold on ebay?…”
And last week a petition titled “Don’t Ban Our Psychics,” which has collected more than 800 signatures so far, went up online: ”Ebay don’t ban our metaphysical services! Fight for the psychics and the Tarot readers, the witches, wiccans, pagans, new age, healers, blessings, spells, voodoo, items of magic and most of all our clients and friends!”
The question remains: Despite the ban, will you still be able to sell your soul on eBay, as graduate student Hemant Mehta, an atheist, did in 2006?