Knives and swords banned on and

There's been the following announcement on eBay site:


From 10th March 2009, all knives and swords except cutlery will be banned from sale on and The definition of cutlery includes those implements which can be used for eating, including cutlery sets, individual pieces of cutlery and antique cutlery.

All other items, including knives used in the preparation of food will be banned, including (but not limited to);

  • antique knives
  • bread knives
  • craft knives
  • Stanley knives
  • camping/ survival/ hunting knives
  • diving knives
  • kitchen knives
  • Swiss Army knives and Leathermans
  • all swords

Under the new policy buyers will be asked to enter credit card details if they attempt to bid on or buy any item of cutlery in the new cutlery category. These details will need to be provided again after six months if the buyer seeks to buy or bid again.

We will be able to determine if the buyer or bidder enters the details of a debit card, solo card or pre-paid card, the types of card most likely to be held by under-18s. If the details of any of these types of cards are entered, eBay will prevent the buyer or bidder from completing the transaction.

If the bidder or buyer enters valid credit card details they will then be given the option to pay using any approved method of payment.

We will be strict in the enforcement of these new policies and any seller who repeatedly attempts to break this policy will face strict sanctions, including possible suspension from the eBay site.

This means no more bargains for Irish and British collectors and researchers, thanks to Government's inability to fight crime.