10 Items You're Not Allowed to Sell on eBay

You can buy or sell anything on eBay—or so it might seem. But eBay disagrees that everything has a price, and has prohibited certain items from being listed on its site. Here are a few goods eBay thought it was important to point out aren't allowed on "The World's Online Marketplace."

1.Used undergarments

No used jockstraps or thongs allowed. Also of note: "Used articles of clothing marketed or described as well-worn fetish items are strictly prohibited."

2. Bank debit cards

No selling your active debit or credit card. If you really feel like handing over all your money to a stranger, you'll have to hit the ATM first.

3. British titles

Thinking about purchasing a fancy title from a real-life Lord or Lady? Unfortunately, eBay's UK site lists that as a no-no.

4. Human parts

The exceptions: wigs and accessories made from human (scalp) hair, and "clean, articulated … skulls and skeletons used for medical research." That means when you're rich and famous, you'll have to figure out another way to sell your toenail clippings.

5. Pyramid schemes

Also, any sort of multi-level marketing or matrix schemes. 

6. Your Facebook Friendship 


This means you're going to have to make friends the old-fashioned way: By clicking "accept" for free. 

7. Radioactive waste

You have to wonder why eBay feels the need to point this out.

8. Nuclear weapons

Sorry, supervillains—if you're looking to do some late-night online shopping, consider buying that summer handbag you've had your eye on instead.

9. Meth-making manuals

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You'll have to rely on other sites for your "cooking" instructions, as this is deemed an "item that encourages illegal activity".

10. Prescription meds

eBay felt the need to spell this one out, too. Surprisingly, however, this category includes contact lenses. Even non-prescription novelty lenses are banned, which means—alas—Twi-hards and Hot Topic enthusiasts will have to search elsewhere for contacts that make them look like vampires.

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Nervous About Asking for a Job Referral? LinkedIn Can Now Do It for You

For most people, asking for a job referral can be daunting. What if the person being approached shoots you down? What if you ask the "wrong" way? LinkedIn, which has been aggressively establishing itself as a catch-all hub for employment opportunities, has a solution, as Mashable reports.

The company recently launched "Ask for a Referral," an option that will appear to those browsing job listings. When you click on a job listed by a business that also employs one of your LinkedIn first-degree connections, you'll have the opportunity to solicit a referral from that individual.

The default message that LinkedIn creates is somewhat generic, but it hits the main topics—namely, prompting you to explain how you and your connection know one another and why you'd be a good fit for the position. If you're the one being asked for a referral, the site will direct you to the job posting and offer three prompts for a response, ranging from "Sure…" to "Sorry…".

LinkedIn says the referral option may not be available for all posts or all users, as the feature is still being rolled out. If you do see the option, it will likely pay to take advantage of it: LinkedIn reports that recruiters who receive both a referral and a job application from a prospective hire are four times more likely to contact that individual.

[h/t Mashable]

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Bali Is Suspending Mobile Web Service for Its Sacred Day of Silence
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Nyepi, a Hindu holiday that celebrates the Saka new year, is a sacred tradition on the Indonesian island of Bali. It's a time for silence and mindful meditation, practices that might pose a challenge to a plugged-in generation of smartphone users. To ensure the day passes with as few distractions as possible, religious and civilian leaders in Bali have asked telecommunications companies to shut off their data for 24 hours, AP reports.

From 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 until 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 18, Bali residents will be unable to access online news, social media, or any other form of web content on their phones. “Let’s rest a day, free from the internet to feel the calm of the mind,” Gusti Ngurah Sudiana, head of the Indonesian Hinduism Society, said according to AP.

Shutting off mobile data for a full day may sound extreme, but it's just one way the island will respectfully observe the holiday. Throughout Nyepi, Balinese shops and the island's sole airport are closed, and television programs and radio broadcasts are paused. Officials first asked cell phone companies to suspend their data last year, but this is the first year they agreed to comply with the request. An exception will be made for hotels, hospitals, banks, and other vital public services.

Nyepi is followed by Ngembak Geni, a day that also encourages self-introspection. But unlike Nyepi, Ngembak Geni is a day when people are allowed to socialize, even if it is online.

[h/t AP]


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