Attempting to sell 'drugs paraphernalia' is a capital offence on eBay it seems, even if the item is well over 100 years old and if I re-listed it, they would strike me off their customer base and force me to adopt a false name if I wanted to carry on selling or buying.
I know what they are trying to achieve, and in many respects I admire them for it, but their policies are draconian in their enforcement, simply because the average eBay employee cannot be expected to tell the difference between an antique and a modern crack pipe. They do, however, allow the sale of modern Hookahs or Hubble-Bubbles, but only because some people actually use them for tobacco occasionally. I once had an antique tobacco pipe removed by eBay because I mentioned that the bowl contained a small amount of ancient (and unsmokable) tobacco in it. It is illegal to sell tobacco on eBay too...
Recently, one third of a herd of elephants - about 200 from a family of 600 - were shot and killed by poachers in Africa, simply for the ivory. Despite the fact that teams of rangers go out in the bush looking for poachers to shoot on sight, this ghastly carnage goes on still and most of the ivory - like Bengal Tiger bones - is destined for China. Rhino horn is usually sent to the Yemen, where it fetches high prices as dagger-handles.
eBay has a blanket policy of not allowing the sale of ivory at all, and quite rightly. So what happens is that the code word for antique ivory on sale is 'Ox Bone' and the Chinese carry on buying it. Two ivory candlesticks sold yesterday as 'ox bone' for about £250 each.
I once tried to sell a set of antique, bone-handled French fruit knives and forks on eBay, and they had silver ferrules which dated them at 1890 and coming from Paris. Ebay took them down saying that they might be ivory, and I said that they were bone, and even so, the hallmark dated them as 'antique'.
They said that - in that case - they could be bone from an endangered species, such as tiger, etc.
I asked them if they could imagine a situation whereby a 19th century Parisian cutler would seek out bones from endangered species to make handles from, when the city produced thousands of tons of cattle bone every year? They replied that if I provided a covering letter from an antique dealer certifying that they were not ivory and were pre-20th century, they would let me re-list them. Since they had already forced me to become a business seller, I said that I might as well write my own letter, but they said that would not be good enough...
At that point, I gave up.