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From: James Marchington
Date: 11 February 2009 23:17:22 GMT
Subject: Knife ban
As a magazine for sportsmen who use knives daily for their work and recreation, we are interested to hear that your website has decided to ban the sale of knives, including so far as we can tell, knives that are legal to carry and use. We intend to run a news story on this in our next issue.
Could you please confirm that this ban extends to even the smallest Swiss Army style penknife? Also whether or not this ban extends to other outdoors tools such as axes, billhooks, garden forks, etc?
We would also welcome your comments on what prompted this ban. Did eBay come under pressure from the Police, Home Office, etc, to implement a ban, or was it entirely at your own instigation? And does eBay seriously believe that this ban will "protect your members" and/or the wider public, or are you simply caving in to a climate of hysteria surrounding knife crime?
Many thanks in advance for your response.
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