Curses! eBay bans spells, potions

Cursed apple sales to plummet, hags say.

Cursed apple sales to plummet, hags say.

She should have seen this coming.

But, Tabetha Berry, a psychic from California, tells the Wall Street Journal says she was blindsided by eBay’s decision to ban the sale of magical goods and services.

Those wishing to load up on love potions, spells and other “metaphysical goods” will want to get their bids in today — the ban takes effect Thursday.

Berry, who charges $15 for a peek into the future, said she has tried advertising her services on Craigslist, but men want more than their palms read.

“I guess I could have seen that coming,” said the far-sighted prophet.

Berry is not alone. The site lists more than 40,000 spells for sale.

Including Joe Fening, 19, who is a journalism student when he’s not communing with the dead or conjuring for hire. For the sake of my profession, I’m hoping he changes majors.

“I don’t believe in this stuff,” says Fening on WSJ.com. “I just googled a bunch of things.”

The $150 per month he made were a good “source of beer money,” he said. ”I guess my own good luck has run out.”

The San Jose, Calif., company is banning spells and such because they are a “headache.”

Turns out that customers would ask for refunds if they didn’t “win the lottery after buying a spell that promised they would, or turn into werewolves after imbibing a potion.”

Even I could have predicted that future.

11 comments Add your comment

Cammi317

September 5th, 2012
4:34 pm

The fact that these items even have enough sales to be banned is ludicrus. If there are fools out there crazy enough to spend their money on such foolishness, I say let them. Dummies.

Dave

September 5th, 2012
5:17 pm

The fool and his money are soon parted.

todd

September 5th, 2012
5:57 pm

it amazes me if the ones selling these things had any of the luck or powers they claim to sell would the not be very rich and popular ?

Class of '98

September 5th, 2012
7:48 pm

“There’s a sucker born every minute.” – P.T. Barnum.

Ken

September 5th, 2012
8:55 pm

Oh, so that’s how you do it. I have been trying to sell real things like electronics and couldn’t even make beer money at it. I’m beginning to see who shops there.

Brian A.

September 5th, 2012
11:07 pm

This shouldn’t be surprising. We live in a culture, where, in the early 21st Century, the majority of people still believe in the supernatural. People should not ridicule these people if they themselves are mystical and belive in god. The difference between a prayer and a spell? A spell involves appealing to the supernatural by lighting candles and chanting and prayer involves…oh, the exact same thing. Folks, it’s 2012, time to get real. There are no such thing as ghosts, goblins, witches, spirits, demons or god.

d.l.b

September 6th, 2012
9:02 am

i dont see rosary beads, crosses an holy or other items that are supposed to magical mystical or divine attributes being attacked in this way this is discrimination plain and simple you could say its nothing but a witch hunt.

GrammarRules!

September 6th, 2012
9:02 am

For the sake of your profession, I hope you study more on subject / verb agreement, George. It’s “The $150 per month he made WAS a good “source of beer money,” he said” The dollars function as a single unit, and therefore receive the singular form of the verb.

excuseme...

September 6th, 2012
9:58 am

Not only will the fools drink the kool-aide, they will pay for the privilege as well.

excuseme...

September 6th, 2012
10:00 am

Since when is journalism an honorable profession? Those days are long gone.

david

September 6th, 2012
12:27 pm

being a self employed signwriter and a christian,I have turned down many a lucrative job,rather than do the work.last one was some boy racers wanting bumper stickers saying …. the rozzers. After explaing thaT THESE SAME ROZZERS WOULD BE CRAWLING THROUGH YOUR BROKEN WINDSCREEN TO RESCUE YOU WHEN YOU CRASH,THEY DECIDED AGAINST SAID STICKERS. YOU CAN ALWAYS GO ELSEWHERE TO BUY SOMETHING,BUT TO STAND UP FOR YOUR ETHICS/BELEIFS/PRINCIPLES IS A GOOD THING