Washington DC: Amid the escalation of prices by sellers of face masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes, e-commerce company eBay has banned the sale of these items. The company also said in a directive that it is in the process of removing current listings for the aforementioned items. It added that the listings, the description of which mention coronavirus, COVID-19 (the illness it causes), and other popular variations of the phrases like 2019nCoV, would be removed too. Also Read - Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, Telangana Govt Announces 75% Salary Cut For Employees
“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,” The Verge quoted the notice by eBay as saying. Also Read - Coronavirus Pandemic: Confirmed Cases Climb to 1251, Total Deaths Now at 32 | Top Developments
“These listings may violate applicable US laws or regulations, eBay policies, and exhibit unfair pricing behavior for our buyers,” it added. Also Read - Fact Check: No, Financial Year Has Not Been Extended by 3 Months
In a similar such move, Amazon is also putting more restrictions on sellers of face masks and hand sanitizers on its third-party marketplace platform. In a note to some sellers of products like face masks and hand sanitizers, Amazon had on Wednesday said that it was not “accepting applications to sell these products at this time”.
“You are receiving this message because you are currently selling, or have previously sold, products such as disposable face masks, hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes/sprays, isopropyl alcohol or related products,” reads the message, according to a report in The Verge which reviewed the note.
“We have implemented more stringent requirements to sell these products in our store and as a result, your offers have been removed. We are not accepting applications to sell these products at this time,” the message added.