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eBay Stops Sale of LDS Garments

eBay Stops Sale of LDS Garments

Posted - Feb. 17, 2004 at 4:25 p.m.



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Sam Penrod ReoprtingThe internet auction site eBay has pulled all listings for LDS temple garments that were being sold to the highest bidder.

No one at eBay is telling us why, but an email sent to the seller of the items by eBay says it's because people could be offended with the selling of LDS garments over the internet.

As of today, when you try to pull up the eBay item listing, it now shows that the auction number is invalid.

Andrew Moody from Dallas, who was trying to sell the items, told us via email yesterday, he was trying to make money from the sale. And in an email sent to him by eBay, Moody was told why it was pulled off-line overnight.

That message reads: "The garments produced and sold by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints cannot be sold on eBay without express written permission from Church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Listing items such as the temple garments that are generally not publicly available and where the sale of such items could be highly offensive to members of the LDS religious community, is not consistent with eBay's core values or our business need."

Meanwhile, someone from Orem listed an LDS temple recommend on eBay as well. However, no bids were placed and about one o’clock this afternoon the seller voluntarily pulled the listing off the internet auction.

eBay's website tells its users that it reserves the right to pull any item off its auction it deems offensive.

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