In a victory for The Kernel’s investigative team, eBay today said it had removed product listings that were fronts for the sale of used underwear, other soiled items of clothing and casual sex hook-ups where money changed hands.
eBay spokesman Steven Heywood told The Kernel: “eBay does not allow the sale of used underwear or the use of the site for sale of sexual items of this nature. These listings will be removed and we will take steps to ensure future listings are not permitted, including ensuring these items are blocked from searches.”
The company later added: “The listings in your article have been removed. We are taking urgent action to remove all other listings of concern.”
We reported earlier today that tracksuit bottoms with white stains, old trainers and used underwear were being openly sold on the marketplace, which had no age restrictions in place to prevent purchases by minors.
Explicit pictures and bespoke pornography were being traded as “free extras” with purchase and a Kernel reporter discussed participating in an “orgy” with one eBay seller. Money was expected to change hands at the “sex party” in question.
eBay told The Kernel tonight it will be tightening up procedures in future to prevent listings like these from ever appearing again.