The UK Knife guys are going bonkers

 

CNJ Knife Rights Beat

CNJ Knife Rights Beat

As a follow-up on the news of eBay banning all knife sales on their UK and Ireland sites, the Brits are beside themselves.

I am following a few of the threads over at BritishBlades forum (mostly custom knife owners) and they are are not happy campers right now. 

 

“This (ban) is obviously going to impact all of us in various ways, I sell quite a few on there, and regularly buy knives I want for myself from American dealers which will also be impossible.
We all know its ridiculous, but there’s probably naff all we can do other than find another auction site to trade through.
So ladies and gents:
a) buy what you have your eye on now cause you won’t be able to for much longer
b) can anyone suggest some other good auction sites to use.”

While this post by John is on the calmer side of all the buzz, it summarizes their situation pretty well. So much for eBay sales there for US sellers, including custom makers, right at the time every sale is important to keep the knife biz healthy.

Published in: on February 11, 2009 at 8:39 am  Leave a Comment  
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eBay Bans Knife Sales

ebayeBay says it will ban all knife sales, except table cutlery, on its UK and Ireland websites.

eBay’s ban is in response to the BBC ‘s Watchdog purchase of illegal knives on two of its sites. eBay is currently the largest auctioneer of knives.

The knives were purchased by this group from US sellers.

One of the knives purchased

One of the illegal knives purchased

eBay said they had security measures in place to make sure only legal knives are offered by UK and Irish sellers on these sites, however, they have concluded the only way to control sellers from outside those two countries was to ban all knife sales from their UK and Ireland sites.

“Safety is our number one priority and we recognise we need to do more to protect our members. Therefore, we are reviewing our position with regards to the sale of all knives on eBay, including those currently permitted by law,” said the eBay spokesman.

 

 BBC’s Watchdog Video Report on Illegal Knife Sales on eBay

Published in: on February 9, 2009 at 9:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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