eBay Quits Listing Beer (unless empty)

A while back I gave my 3 Stone Vertical Epic 03-03-03 and three 8-08-08s to a friend to put on eBay. No sooner were they listed than he got an email from eBay:

     You recently listed the following listing:

     330831605668 – Stone Vertical Epic ’03
     330831606955 – Stone Vertical Epic ’08

     Unfortunately, we had to remove your listing because of the following:
     Due to recent policy violations, we are temporarily suspending selling activity for full bottles of beer and spirits listed in the Collectibles category.
     We appreciate that the majority of sellers follow eBay policies regarding the sale of alcohol, and apologize that you may be unduly affected due to the violations of a few. We expect to allow these items to be listed again after developing and implementing additional, reasonable requirements to support seller compliance with our policies and applicable laws. We will continue to allow listings by pre-approved, licensed wine sellers.
     You may relist if all of the alcoholic contents are emptied.
     eBay does not permit listings for most alcoholic beverages and tobacco products on our U.S. Web site. In addition, non-U.S. members are not allowed to sell alcohol to an eBay member who is located in the United States.
     Please note: violation of this or other eBay policies may result in forfeit of eBay fees on cancelled listings, limits on account privileges and account suspension.
     We appreciate your understanding.


It seems the TV show 20/20 did a hit piece by having a minor order some high-end vodka from an eBay auction so eBay changed its policy. Arrrgh. The first time I’ve wanted to sell anything on eBay and wouldn’t ya know . . . So now for the advertisement.

Stone Vertical Epic available for your 12-12-12 party:

Qty 3: 03-03-03. A Belgian Strong Ale. 9% ABV. Stored in a dark closet. 98 points on RateBeer, 91 on BeerAdvocate. 03-0-3-03 has sold on eBay for $50 to $100. Yours for $50 each.

Qty 3: 08-08-08. A Strong Belgian Golden Ale. Stored in a dark closet. 8.4% ABV. 98 points on RateBeer, 90 on BeerAdvocate. None have previously been listed on eBay that I could find. Yours for $20 each.

Qty 2: 09-09-09. A Strong Belgian Ale with heavy notes of chocolate and orange. Stored in the back of my garage refrigerator. 8.6% ABV. 98 points on RateBeer, 91 on BeerAdvocate. 09-09-09 has sold on eBay for $10. Yours for $10 each.

Call Bob at 317-856-6092 (after 10am) or bob@indianabeer.com.

Thanks for the indulgence.

Some people say this is the earliest picture of beer drinkers. Edinburgh Ale in 1844.