Should eBay ban Jimmy Savile memorabilia?
A story in the Mirror over the weekend stated that “Sir Jimmy Savile memorabilia may be removed from online auction website eBay in the wake of allegations that he sexually abused young girls”.
Dan and I had a quick browse today and there seems to be a healthy appetite for Jimmy Savile related goods on eBay. We’ve seen fancy dress costumes selling regularly over the last few days (Halloween anyone?) as well as books, autographs and of course “Jim fixed it for me” medallions.
Whilst there’s no doubt, if the allegations are true, that such items are in the poorest of taste, but should eBay be making a moral judgement on whether they should be bought and sold?
eBay told the Mirror that they “do not allow the sale of offensive items on the site, this includes those that promote violence or criminal activity” and that eBay will “carefully consider all items listed and exercise our judgement to decide whether they should be removed”.
The thing is there’s never been a similar eBay proclamation regarding, say, Michael Jackson music and memorabilia who was similarly accused – is there a difference with Jimmy Savile?
What do you think? Should eBay be reacting to stories in the press and banning merchandise in cases like this, or is it a marketplace which should step back and allow sales to determine what’s acceptable to the public and what’s not?
Editors’ note: It appears that eBay sellers can’t even spell Jimmy Savile. There are more eBay listings for the misspelt “Jimmy Saville” than there are correctly spelt search results.