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OfflineLSDreamer
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eBay Pulls Back Issues of High Times at Feds' Request
    #12041332 - 02/16/10 07:07 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

http://www.readthehook.com/blog/index.php/2010/02/15/buzz-kill-crozet-man-finds-ebay-yanks-high-times/

Super Bowl Sunday left Crozet resident Fred Carwile “frustrated and angry,” he says. And not because the Saints won.

That was the day he discovered that his sales listings for back-issues of High Times magazine, which he’s sold for years on eBay, had been yanked without warning.

Further infuriating Carwile: He claims that two different eBay customer service reps told him the marijuana-oriented mags were pulled at the request of the federal government.

“The federal government cannot ban books,” says Carwile, who notes that the cannabis culture magazine is sold at Barnes and Noble and countless convenience stores across the nation. “They’re pressuring a business to ban books.”

EBay insists it’s always been company policy to prohibit sales of items that “encourage, promote, facilitate, or instruct others to engage in illegal activities,” according to Anne Kott with APCO Worldwide, a PR firm.

Yet medical marijuana is legal in California, where eBay is based, and in 13 other states.

“Even though there might be states that allow it, eBay probably goes under federal law,” posits Kott, though the publicist-for-hire remains unable to explain the sudden enforcement of eBay policy against High Times, of which there were 600 completed transactions in just the past 30 days.

“I’m not an authorized spokesperson for eBay,” says Kott, who had not responded by press time to a reporter’s question about Carwile’s claim that the federal government had asked eBay to pull the plug on High Times— or about which federal entity might have such an alleged request.

“I’ve sold hundreds of these over the year, and then to say it violates policy, to me, it’s hypocrisy,” says another top-rated power seller, Garcia Santana, in Northern California. “This is selective discrimination. It’s sold in every state.”

Santana finds it suspicious that the listings were pulled during the middle of the Super Bowl, “when they must have thought nobody was paying attention.” And he has his own theory about the timing: “the same time Meg Whitman is running for governor.”

Whitman is the former eBay CEO and billionaire now vying for the Republican nomination to succeed the term-limited incumbent, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The state, which already allows medical marijuana sales, may have an initiative on the ballot in November to legalize and tax the plant, but Whitman has said that she’s “100% not in favor of legalizing marijuana for any reason.”

Neither quasi-eBay-spokesperson Kott nor Whitman’s campaign had responded by press time to a reporter’s questions about whether there was any connection between Whitman’s campaign and eBay’s High Times purge, but the policy has clear implications for a seller like Santana.

“I’m disabled,” says Santana, who also sells classic issues of Rolling Stone and Mad magazine. “These High Times are highly collectible,” he says. “I broke my back a few years ago, and this is how I make my living.”

Despite sodomy laws still on the books in several states, including Virginia, eBay still allows the sale of hardcore gay sex magazines— plus sex toys and bondage equipment in its adults-only area. “Yet,” says Santana, “they pull this mainstream magazine.”

Rap music, the lyrics of which often refer to violence, homophobia, and smoking “blunts,” aka thick marijuana cigarettes, remains readily available on eBay— as do early discs of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” a song widely believed to celebrate the use of LSD. “Are they going to ban the Beatles?” Santana wonders.

“We’ve been censored before in other countries,” says High Times executive editor Dan Skye. “I’ve never seen anything like this. It kind of came out of nowhere.”

Civil liberties authority John Whitehead says that eBay is free to set policies about what it sells, but the founder of the nonprofit Rutherford Institute is troubled about the allegation of official involvement in a ban.

“If they’re doing it at the urging of the government,” says Whitehead, “there’s your lawsuit.”

For Carwile— a high-volume, high-service “Power Seller” who also moves magazines featuring naked women— it’s the ban on a legal product that’s so bothersome. He points out that drug paraphernalia, such as a High Times “tobacco” grinder, is still available. And an eBay search for rolling papers turns up nearly 900 results.

That’s a lot of hand-rolled tobacco.

“I used to sell antiques, but this was more profitable,” says Carwile. “High Times is about 10 percent of my sales. It’s just a few dollars lost to me, but I feel the concept behind it alarming.”

High Times editor Skye wonders whether there’s a new “sheriff” at eBay. “This,” he says, “is kind of like a stone age— forgive the pun— mentality.”


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    #12041364 - 02/16/10 07:14 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

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Re: eBay Pulls Back Issues of High Times at Feds' Request [Re: dr_gonz]
    #12041403 - 02/16/10 07:20 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

This is a sign of fucked up times. No book/comic/magazine/drawing should ever be vandalized, censored, or banned. It's a fucking piece of art, the content has absolutely no barring on this. 

2012 is coming fast...


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Re: eBay Pulls Back Issues of High Times at Feds' Request [Re: dr_gonz]
    #12041413 - 02/16/10 07:21 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Quote:

dr_gonz said:
Losing. my. patience.



same I think I need to take a long break from the News Service.  A long break indeed.


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Re: eBay Pulls Back Issues of High Times at Feds' Request [Re: dr_gonz]
    #12041421 - 02/16/10 07:23 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Me too.

:megacrankey:


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Re: eBay Pulls Back Issues of High Times at Feds' Request [Re: Mnboardin]
    #12041701 - 02/16/10 07:55 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

The feds request? wtf is going on!


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Re: eBay Pulls Back Issues of High Times at Feds' Request [Re: Mnboardin]
    #12041716 - 02/16/10 07:58 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

very unpleasing.


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Re: eBay Pulls Back Issues of High Times at Feds' Request [Re: FungiFractals]
    #12041737 - 02/16/10 08:00 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

retarded.


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Re: eBay Pulls Back Issues of High Times at Feds' Request [Re: Shroom lover]
    #12041775 - 02/16/10 08:05 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Will be making as many purchases as possible on sites other than ebay.  Will be contacting vendors I've done business with directly and paying them the same prices (meaning they make 50-80% profit rather than 30-50 after ebay takes it's cuts).


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Re: eBay Pulls Back Issues of High Times at Feds' Request [Re: Humility]
    #12041789 - 02/16/10 08:07 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Hard. To. Contain. RAGE. :mad2:


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Re: eBay Pulls Back Issues of High Times at Feds' Request [Re: FungiFractals]
    #12042043 - 02/16/10 08:41 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

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HerbBaker said:
The feds request? wtf is going on!



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Shroom lover said:
retarded.



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Toby Flenderson said:
Hard. To. Contain. RAGE. :mad2:



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betatester said:
very unpleasing.




fucked up world


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    #12042053 - 02/16/10 08:41 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

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Re: eBay Pulls Back Issues of High Times at Feds' Request [Re: dr_gonz]
    #12042145 - 02/16/10 08:54 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

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dr_gonz said:
I need to understand how they can do this.

Guys, I've been on this site a long time, and god knows its dear to my heart, but I have a feeling they will do what they can to take it away from us eventually.






They better fucking not! :kingcrankey:


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Re: eBay Pulls Back Issues of High Times at Feds' Request [Re: karode13]
    #12042552 - 02/16/10 09:41 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

What can we do to get away from this type of BULLSHIT??

Make our own damn country?!

Fuck the system!


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    #12042561 - 02/16/10 09:42 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

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Re: eBay Pulls Back Issues of High Times at Feds' Request [Re: dr_gonz]
    #12042735 - 02/16/10 10:06 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

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dr_gonz said:
u cant get away from it. we are balls deep in this matrix.

learn to swim




:lolz0rz: Some of us are drowning or being swallowed in a whirlpool. LOL


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Re: eBay Pulls Back Issues of High Times at Feds' Request [Re: dr_gonz]
    #12042753 - 02/16/10 10:09 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

IF shroomery is taken down I will cry for many long nights. This site has actually given me the resources to change my life for the better.


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Re: eBay Pulls Back Issues of High Times at Feds' Request [Re: LSDreamer]
    #12043140 - 02/16/10 10:56 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

The Fascist are coming the fascist are coming....


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    #12043167 - 02/16/10 10:59 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

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Re: eBay Pulls Back Issues of High Times at Feds' Request [Re: dr_gonz]
    #12043420 - 02/16/10 11:31 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

2012


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