Scientology abuses eBay’s VeRO program to practice religious, price discrimination
By the time Bill (not his real name) left the Church of Scientology a few years ago, he had amassed quite a collection of Scientology materialâ€”mostly books, tapes, e-meters. But ex-members of Scientology (especially staff members) find themselves in a difficult spot in this regard when they leave Scientology: their books, tapes, and e-meters are only valued by Scientologists, who, quite inconveniently, are strongly discouraged (read: disallowed) from communicating with ex-membersâ€”as any ex-Scientologist will tell you.
Not surprisingly, he turned to eBay, where a Scientologist buyer can remain blissfully unaware that his seller is a declared suppressive person. But every time he attempts to sell his e-meter on eBay, the listing is removed within hours by the Church of Scientology, which claims that the listing violates their intellectual property rights. And itâ€™s not just Billâ€”Iâ€™ve watched numerous e-meter listings from other sellers removed before they even receive a bid.