Amazon under fire for sale of weapons

By Dan Wilson December 16, 2015 - 3:04 pm

An investigation by the Guardian reports that illegal weapons including stun guns, pepper spray pistols and knuckledusters are routinely sold on the Amazon UK website. You can read the report in full here.

The items listed were being sold by third-party sellers, possibly using FBA, on but some of the items were not just against Amazon’s listing policies but also UK law.

Needless to say, all the items have since been removed and Amazon issued this statement: “Sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action including potential removal of their account. The products in question are no longer available.”

Obviously, keeping tabs on the multitude of listings on Amazon is a herculean task and it’s inevitable that a few bits will fall through the net, when it comes to weapons like this, you’ve got to wonder how Amazon was so remiss.

  • Tony C
    2 years ago

    That’s not a torch, it’s a lightsaber ;)

    Is it illegal to buy these weapons or just to sell them? Because if the Guardian has indeed bought them, and if they are indeed illegal, surely they can be expecting a call from the rozzers sometime soon?

    • Truth
      2 years ago

      Since its illegal to sell these in the UK I look forward to arrests at Amazon head office……not.

    • Gerry007
      2 years ago

      Is that a pink pig I see flying up there……!!

  • Hiya!
    2 years ago

    When is Amazon going to stop all these Chinese sellers evading VAT on these weapons. I can’t compete!

  • David Brackin
    2 years ago

    No system of monitoring is perfect — at least not one that permits the vast amount of legitimate trade.

    The task is herculean. Sure you can run searches and monitor for stuff, but that’s always fighting last year’s war. Search for guns and you’ll find knives are listed. Search for guns and knives and it will be shuriken.

    When it was pointed out, they did the right thing. Do we really want to be encouraging the marketplaces to be more draconian by being the shrill mob? I think not.

    • James H
      2 years ago

      There’s safe harbour laws that protect internet companies from this but the fact that these were in amzn warehouse is a different matter altogether.

    • 2 years ago

      With which I broadly agree. However, looking at another report it seems that one of the three items bought was sold by Amazon itself and not a 3rd party, which is a bit different.


  • tinker
    2 years ago

    Amazon are now so big these things get fudged and kicked into the long grass
    if it were you or I we would be off to Gbay not Ebay

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