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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Attention Business Travelers: These Are the Countries With the Fastest Internet
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Whether you travel for business or pleasure, high-speed internet seems like a necessity when you’re trying to connect with colleagues or loved ones back home. Of course, the quality of that connection largely depends on what part of the world you’re in—and if you want the best internet on earth, you’ll have to head to Asia.

Singapore might be smaller than New York City, but it has the fastest internet of any country, Travel + Leisure reports. The city-state received the highest rating from the World Broadband Speed League, an annual ranking conducted by UK analyst Cable. For the report, Cable tracked broadband speeds in 200 countries over several 12-month periods to get an average.

Three Scandinavian countries—Sweden, Denmark, and Norway—followed closely behind Singapore. And while the U.S. has the fastest broadband in North America, it comes in 20th place for internet speed globally, falling behind Asian territories like Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, as well as European countries like Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Spain. On the bright side, though, the U.S. is up one place from last year’s ranking.

In the case of Singapore, the country’s small size works to its advantage. As a financial hub in Asia, it depends heavily on its digital infrastructure, and as a result, “there is economic necessity, coupled with the relative ease of delivering high-speed connections across a small area,” Cable notes in its report. Within Singapore, 82 percent of residents have internet access.

Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, on the other hand, have all focused on FTTP (Fiber to the Premises) connections, and this has boosted internet speeds.

Overall, global broadband speeds are rising, and they improved by 23 percent from 2017 to 2018. However, much of this progress is seen in countries that are already developed, while underdeveloped countries still lag far behind.

“Europe, the United States, and thriving economic centers in the Asia-Pacific region (Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong) are leading the world when it comes to the provision of fast, reliable broadband, which suggests a relationship between available bandwidth and economic health,” Dan Howdle, Cable’s consumer telecoms analyst, said in a statement. “Those countries leading the world should be congratulated, but we should also be conscious of those that are being left further and further behind."

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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Don’t Fall For This Trick Used by Hotel Booking Sites
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Hotel booking sites can be useful tools when comparing prices, locations, and amenities, but some services use deceptive tactics to get you to click “book.”

A new report spotted by Travel + Leisure determined that those “one room left” alerts you sometimes see while perusing hotels can’t always be trusted. Led by the UK-based Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the eight-month investigation concluded that many sites use “pressure selling” to create a false sense of urgency in hopes that customers will book a room more quickly than usual. Similar notices about how many people are looking at a particular room or how long a deal will last are some of the other tactics travel booking websites employed.

The CMA also found that some discount claims had either expired or weren’t relevant to the customer’s search criteria, and hidden fees—like the much-maligned "resort fees"—are sometimes tacked on at the end of the booking process. (To be fair, many hotels are also guilty of this practice.)

The report didn’t drop any company names, but the consumer agency said it warned the sites that legal action would be taken if their concerns weren't addressed. The companies could be breaking consumer protection law, the CMA notes.

“Booking sites can make it so much easier to choose your holiday, but only if people are able to trust them,” Andrea Coscelli, the CMA's chief executive, said in a statement. “Holidaymakers must feel sure they’re getting the deal they expected … It’s also important that no one feels pressured by misleading statements into making a booking.”

Still, booking sites remain a convenient option, so if you decide to use one, just take your time and be cognizant that some of the claims you're seeing may not be entirely truthful.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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