|Fri Sept 21 2012 21:32:05|
Last Call at eBay after Teens Buy Booze in Collectibles
By: Ina Steiner
After an expose showing teenagers are buying alcohol online, eBay decided to temporarily suspend all buying and selling activity for full bottles of beer and spirits listed in the Collectibles category.
The ABC television program "20/20" worked with a 13-year-old boy and says he was able to buy items such as bottles of vodka through eBay. The show's producers did the investigation after researchers at the University of North Carolina conducted a study that it says showed teens could order alcohol from a number of online sites.
A review of eBay shows listings still remain for bottles of whiskey, champagne and wine in the Collectibles - "Bottles & Insulators" category.
Many "20/20" viewers may be skeptical about alcohol-related collectibles on eBay, but Jack Daniels and breweriana are just two hot areas of collecting, and as this EcommerceBytes Collectors Corner article explains, beer cans are especially sought after.
Do a search for "unopened beer" and you'll see a host of vintage cans and bottles that collectors crave. Can eBay do more to stop the sale of alcohol to minors? It seems to think so.
According to the eBay announcement made hours before the television program was about to air: "Due to recent policy violations, we are temporarily suspending all buying and selling activity for full bottles of beer and spirits listed in the Collectibles category. We expect to allow these listings again after developing and implementing additional, reasonable requirements to support seller compliance with our policies and applicable laws. We will continue to allow listings by pre-approved, licensed wine sellers."
eBay will refund insertion and feature fees for sellers affected by the suspension. "We appreciate that the majority of sellers follow eBay policies regarding the sale of alcohol, and apologize to those who are being unduly affected by the violations of a few," eBay said.
The program, "20/20: Intoxication Nation," airs shortly at 10 pm ET.