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eBay Removes Alcohol Listings After “20/20” Report On Teen Buyer

on 24/09/12 at 8:08 am

Booze News

The online marketplace eBay has said it will begin removing listings for beer and liquor from its site after a teen working with 20/20 successfully ordered vodka from two eBay vendors. The vendors advertised their products as “collectible.”

While eBay prohibits the sale of all alcohol with the exception of some wines sold by licensed wine sellers, it does allow for the sale of collectible alcohol containers. The site’s current alcohol policy states that the seller of the container “will take all appropriate steps to ensure that the buyer is of lawful age in the buyer’s and seller’s jurisdiction.”

But that didn’t stop one teen who worked with 20/20 from obtaining alcohol through the site. We asked Xander, 13, to head to the site and try to buy liquor there. One vendor refused to sell his product when Xander and a 20/20 producer declined to send a copy of an ID showing that the buyer was of legal drinking age. But Xander was able to successfully place an order with two other vendors — a result that mirrored work done by researchers at the University of North Carolina, who found during a recent study that teens could order alcohol from a number of sites, including eBay.

“All I had to do was type in vodka on the search bar, click one button and it can send it to my house,” Xander told 20/20. (A 20/20 producer paid for the purchases.)

Weeks later, five bottles of vodka arrived at Xander’s front door.