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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:38 pm    Post subject: Amazon, eBay join other retailers banning Confederate flag! Reply with quote

Amazon, eBay join other retailers banning Confederate flag
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SAN FRANCISCO, June 23 (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc and eBay Inc on Tuesday announced they were pulling Confederate flag merchandise from their websites, following other retailers reacting to last week's racially motivated mass shooting at a historic black South Carolina church.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Sears Holdings Corp on Monday banned sales of products bearing the image of the Confederate battle flag.

The "Stars and Bars" has become a lightning rod for outrage over the killing of nine black men and women at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston last Wednesday. Accused gunman Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man, is seen posing with the flag in photos posted on a website reported to be his.

South Carolina lawmakers on Tuesday voted to open debate on removing the flag from the State House grounds, after state Governor Nikki Haley and others called for it to be taken down.

A search on Amazon's website on Tuesday found tens of thousands of Confederate flags and merchandise such as T-shirts and knives bearing the flag's image.

Most of the flags and related products on Amazon and eBay ranged in price from $5 to $10. Clicking on some of the Confederate flags and related items on Amazon's website took users to an error page.

"Is this a big sacrifice for retailers? No. But, symbolically, it's a good step," said David Satterfield, an executive vice president of G.F. Blunting and Co, a strategic communications firm in California.

"A significant percentage of your consumer base is completely offended by what the flag stands for, and it doesn't make sense carrying it," he said.

Separately, privately owned Valley Forge Flag, one of the most prominent U.S. flag manufacturers, said on Tuesday it will stop making and selling Confederate flags.

In announcing its decision to pull Confederate flags on Tuesday, eBay said the banner had become a "contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism." The website, which carries thousands of items bearing the flag, including clothing, will immediately ban new listings of merchandise and tell sellers of such merchandise that they have to stop.

Ebay does not break out sales of individual items sold on its site, but sources said this involves a tiny amount of sales for the company.

Analysts said it could take some time for online retailers like eBay to remove merchandise posted by third-party sellers, given the sheer volume of products listed. There are around 800 million listings globally on eBay.

E-commerce website Etsy also said it would remove all flag-related merchandise from its marketplace, which lists handmade and artisanal products.

Dollar Tree Inc, Family Dollar Stores Inc, Dollar General and Target Corp said they do not carry any Confederate flag-related merchandise.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it just me, or does anyone else see the banning of Confederate flags as an attempt to deny history.
I understand that some may see them as a figure of prejudice and hate but so were the concentration camps in WW2 but they're not being pulled down and written out of history.

If you're going to use something as a weapon against someone else's beliefs then yes fine, ban it or make it an illegal act but you can't ban something just because of what it used to stand for but very rarely does now on the sole basis that 'that person might take offence'
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the the new UK people.
If someone doesn't like it we will ban it,
If we are not sure if we like it we will ban it anyways just in case.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guess this isn't surprising to hear about considering we still have underlying issues related to race within this country.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lonny wrote:
Welcome to the the new UK people.
If someone doesn't like it we will ban it,
If we are not sure if we like it we will ban it anyways just in case.


Couldn't agree more Lonny, and I live in the UK. We do seem to be overly bothered about what someone else might think rather than have an opinion of our own.
I've always been a believer in respecting others view. By that, I mean, if you go to another country whether it's on holiday or more specifically to live, you should abide by that country's rules and laws and not try to force your opinion onto that country to try and change it into the place you've just come from. If where you were is so bad you wanted to leave it, don't try and make were you've gone to the same.
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