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Trouble finds online auctions

Sales of illegal weapons and hate-group paraphernalia, as well as a lawsuit from sports memorabilia fans who say they're being ripped off, combine to cast a bad light on Net auctions.

 

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Sales of illegal weapons and hate-group paraphernalia, as well as a lawsuit from sports memorabilia collectors who say they are being ripped off, are combining to cast a bad light on online auction houses. On top of that, one auction host is suing to defend its content from an auction portal.

 


Illegal goods still on big auction sites
Six months after Amazon.com said it would crack down on illegal weapons sales, buyers there can still pick up everything from "nunchaku" sticks to switchblade knives.

eBay slammed with sports auction suit
A group of sports collectors sues the company, claiming that eBay knew about auctions of fake sports memorabilia but did little to stop them.

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eBay, Bidder's Edge face off in court
A U.S. District court judge says he is leaning toward issuing an injunction that limits the ability of Bidder's Edge to search eBay's auctions and to display the results on its Web site.