Turns Out You're Not Allowed To Sell Your Soul On eBay


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You know Lori N., the Albuquerque woman who was auctioning off her soul on eBay?No sale. eBay has cancelled her listing, under a longstanding policy that specifically forbids selling your soul.

An eBay spokesperson couldn’t say when eBay instituted the policy, but from news reports, it appears to go back more than a decade.

In 2008, a musician tried to sell his soul to raise money for his band.

And twelve years ago, a Canadian man from Fenelon Falls, Ontario, tried to sell his soul. Bidding reached $20.50.

Here’s how eBay explained its decision back in 2000:

 eBay does not allow the auctioning of human souls for the following reasons: If the soul does not exist, eBay could not allow the auctioning of the soul because there would be nothing to sell. However, if the soul does exist then, in accordance with eBay’s policy on human parts and remains, we would not allow the auctioning of human souls.

The real problem, then-eBay spokesman Kevin Pursglove told a newspaper at the time, is that the seller has “to be in a position where you can deliver what you sell.”

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