eBay removes T-shirts with coronavirus slogans including ‘Wuhan city tours’ because they ‘profit from human tragedy’ – but they are still available on Amazon
- T-shirts mock the deadly virus and the Chinese city of Wuhan where it started
- Auction site eBay removed them as they breach its ‘Disaster and Tragedy Policy’
- Amazon refused to comment and the shirts are still available on its website
Amazon and eBay have been cashing in on the Coronavirus outbreak with comedy T-shirts making fun of the crisis that has killed more than 1,300 people worldwide.
One £15.45 shirt on eBay said: ‘I survived the Coronavirus and all I got was this lousy T-shirt.’
Others on the auction site mocked the city in China at the epicentre of the outbreak with one emblazoned with ‘Wuhan City Tours’ and another saying: ‘Just arrived from Wuhan.’
Another for £10.99 had the Corona beer logo with ‘Corona Virus’ written instead.
Auction site eBay says tops like this breach its ‘Disaster and Tragedy Policy’ and removed them
This shirt was on sale on eBay for £15.45 but the auction site has now removed it and others
Amazon has several coronavirus T-shirts still on sale and has refused to withdraw them
On Amazon a £10.99 T-shirt with a picture of a gas mask includes the slogan, ‘I survived Coronavirus 2020,’ and is available in 12 different colours.
It is branded as a ‘Funny men’s cotton short sleeve T-shirt.’
A ladies white v-neck shirt with the words ‘Coronavirus inside’ is also available for £11.99.
A third T-shirt on Amazon for the same price boasts ‘Coronavirus. Welcome to hell. Free entry.’
There have been over 64,000 cases of Coronavirus worldwide including nine confirmed cases in the UK.
This T-shirt mocks Corona beer which shares its name with the deadly virus
T-shirts like this one on eBay have been removed from the auction website today
The coronavirus has claimed more than 1,300 lives and infected more than 64,000 people
A spokesman for eBay said the sale of the Coronavirus T-shirts breached its ‘Disaster and Tragedy Policy’ and has now removed them.
The spokesman said: ‘These items are banned from eBay’s platform.
‘We have removed the items and are educating sellers.’
The eBay policy states: ‘Listings or items that portray, glorify, or attempt to profit from human tragedy or suffering, or that are insensitive to victims of such events, are not allowed.
‘Showing respect and sensitivity to our global community of members is very important to eBay.
‘We don’t allow members to sell items that are hurtful to the victims of tragic events such as terrorist attacks or natural disasters.’
Amazon declined to comment and was still selling its Coronavirus T-shirts this morning.
The comedy T-shirts went on sale as the number of deaths from the virus soared
Amazon has refused to remove items such as this T-shirt from sale on its website
Amazon refused to comment when asked about the sale of T-shirts mocking the virus
The coronavirus has spread across the world since the outbreak began in China