Stories like these make us glad that we are not trying to sell any of our old movies or books on eBay these days. Who knows what would happen if we tried to move any Dr. Seuss books! The workers of eBay are now working around the clock to make sure that this does not happen. No one can come into contact with the horrific toxicity that is Dr. Seuss….not on their watch.
“Online marketplace eBay Inc. said it is working to prevent the resale of six Dr. Seuss books that were pulled earlier this week by the company in charge of the late author’s works because they contain offensive imagery.
“eBay is currently sweeping our marketplace to remove these items,” a spokeswoman for the company said in an email.
Hundreds of listings for the six books could be found on the platform as of Thursday morning, though the number appeared to be lower than it was on Wednesday evening. The eBay spokeswoman said it would take some time to review seller listings and that the company was monitoring newly published listings,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
The last time we checked, eBay was supposed to provide people with a readily accessible secondary market to sell off their old goods. Seuss Enterprises can choose not to print some books and that’s their prerogative at the end of the day. We guess that eBay is allowed to make the same decision if they so choose but that does not make it any less weird.
You can’t make this stuff up. @eBay is blocking my listing of @DrSeuss’s “The Cat’s Quizzer” & citing it as offensive material. Yet anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan’s books are okay? #cancelcancelculture pic.twitter.com/9Au62lagcW
— Clare Ath (@clare_ath) March 4, 2021
The core business model of eBay is at stake here. The gist is pretty simple: they provide people with a place to have online yard sales. What’s going to happen now? The next thing you know, eBay is gonna have a Woke Council that decides what can and cannot be sold on there. The decisions that are being made so far are rather arbitrary.
If Dr. Seuss books are going to be removed, why are so many items related to Gone With the Wind still for sure? You would think that this would be one of the primary items to be removed, since it is so problematic and all. We’re not happy to bring it up but since we’re in smack dab in the midst of today’s version of Great Awakening, we felt it merited mentioning.
For more about eBay’s response, we turn to the Washington Examiner. “A spokeswoman for the website told the Washington Examiner on Thursday that it would no longer be allowing sellers to list six books that have been deemed by Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that preserves Theodor Seuss “Ted” Geisel’s legacy, as containing racially insensitive imagery.
“At eBay, we have a strict policy against hate and discrimination to ensure our platform remains a safe, trusted and inclusive environment for our global community of buyers and sellers,” eBay Corporate Communications Specialist Parmita Choudhury said. “We’re currently sweeping our marketplace to remove these items. It can take some time to review all existing listings and provide education to impacted users. We’re also monitoring the newly published list to be reviewed.”
They were also asked about the continued presence of titles like Mein Kampf. “When asked why listings of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, for example, could still be found on eBay, Choudhury responded, “The item you mentioned is also prohibited on our marketplace — thank you for flagging. With millions of transactions happening every day on our platform across more than 190 markets, we are constantly evaluating and making improvements to ensure prohibited items remain off eBay.”
If they are going to start playing this type of game, they are going to need to hire a whole new team that works day and night to flag the unsavory listings. Social panic and corporate settings do not mix, that is for sure. In a cruel twist of irony, these people would probably be a lot more relaxed if they just read a Dr. Seuss book!