The Kobe Bryant Memorial event at Staples Center this past week offered attendees special items to commemorate the tear-jerking event. But some people who attended the event have apparently been trying to cash in by selling and auctioning off their items. So one of the biggest online retailers is putting a stop to that.
According to TMZ, eBay is actively working to remove all items from the Kobe Bryant Memorial event. The online outlet has cited its policy of prohibiting sellers from profiting off “human tragedy or suffering.”
Per the report, shirts, pins, programs and other items from the event have appeared for auction. A single t-shirt sold for a over $2,000.
However, the policy does not prevent sellers from selling normal merchandise relating to Kobe Bryant. Jerseys, autographs, photos, even toys are still fair game.
Items that used to go for a few hundred dollars at most are now selling for thousands.
Sadly, eBay’s decision to ban selling the memorial items on their site probably won’t stop those seeking to profit off it. The items will simply be bought and sold elsewhere instead.
For an example, several days after his tragic death, TMZ reported that a Kobe Bryant basketball card sold at a private market for $50,000.
But at least eBay is doing the right thing by keeping people from profiting off this terrible tragedy.