Feeds

Hipster craft site bans sales of blood and skulls

Human teeth and hair still are okay though

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

Etsy, the crafty hipster’s version of eBay, has issued an edict curbing its contributor’s creativity with raw materials such as drugs and human body parts.

The online shopping site prides itself on being the purveyor of the offbeat and eclectic when it comes to self-made objects but has had to draw the line on some or its seller’s choice of creative inspiration.

The Policy Team at Etsy issued a statement to the community outlining a “prohibited list” which includes items that may be subject to complex legal regulations or restrictions that vary greatly by location, but also includes things that “just aren’t in the spirit of Etsy.”

The team said that it had devoted the past several months to extensively researching some “offbeat and fascinating topics, from issues surrounding the sale of human bones to the corrosive and toxic properties of mercury.” Subsequently its terms and conditions of trade have now altered.

Now strictly off the list is the sale of human remains or body parts but human hair and teeth are still tradable commodities.

The Etsy team detailed that members can no longer buy or sell skulls, bones, articulated skeletons, bodily fluids, preserved tissues or organs, and other similar human products.

Meanwhile, the category of drugs, medical drug claims about an item and drug paraphernalia has been straightened up. “We have clarified the previous language from “drug-like substances” to now be “medical drug claims about an item.” It is also reinforcing its standards on drug paraphernalia. This includes, banning items such as pipes with carburettors, water pipes, bubblers, oil domes, hash skillets, vaporizers, and ash catchers.

Tobacco and other smokeable products which includes herbal smoking blends, tobacco-alternatives, and other products that one might commonly smoke in a pipe or cigarette form are also off the shopping list.

Things that might be deemed flammable, explosive, corrosive, poisonous- hazardous materials – have also been banned.

The platform has also summoned a ‘Marketplace Integrity Team’ which will assist sellers understand the new rules and comply with listings. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Oz bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL
Bank: 'We are now safely patched.' Customers: 'You were using OpenSSL?'
Forget the beach 'n' boardwalk, check out the Santa Cruz STEVE JOBS FOUNTAIN
Reg reader snaps shot of touching tribute to Apple icon
Happy 40th Playmobil: Reg looks back at small, rude world of our favourite tiny toys
Little men straddle LOHAN, attend tiny G20 Summit... ah, sweet memories...
Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest
New minifigs like Monster Fighters are turning kids to the dark side
Dark SITH LORD 'Darth Vader' joins battle to rule, er, Ukraine
Only I can 'make an empire out of a republic' intones presidential candidate
Chinese company counters pollution by importing fresh air
Citizens line up for bags of that sweet, sweet mountain air
Google asks April Fools: Want a job? Be our 'Pokemon Master'
Mountain View is prankin' like it's 1999...
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.