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Kobe Bryant memorial items to be pulled from eBay over policy violation

People seeking to profit off items given out to attendees of the Kobe and Gianna Bryant memorial at Staples Center earlier this week will now have to find an outlet outside of eBay to sell their pieces of memorabilia.

eBay has announced that it will pull all items related to the Bryant memorial from its site, citing a policy that prohibits sellers from profiting off “human tragedy or suffering,” as reported by TMZ Sports.

In fact,” TMZ Sports relays, “eBay sent an email to one seller explaining their position — ‘Please note, due to sudden and tragic passing of Kobe Bryant – eBay has made the decision to prohibit the sale of merchandise, images and mugs relating to their passing.

We do not allow listings that attempt to profit from human tragedy or suffering.'”

It merits noting that other Kobe-related memorabilia, such as autographs, jerseys and the like, are typically not in violation of eBay’s referenced policy.

Mourners attending Monday’s event celebrating the lives of Bryant and daughter Gianna, who perished along with seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Jan. 26, were given keepsakes as part of the event.

Included in the handouts were a program featuring photographs of the Bryant family as well as a pin and shirt, which have since been bundled along with ticket stubs and posted for sale on eBay.

As of Tuesday, such packages were selling for hundreds of dollars on the site, but recent reporting indicates some were being listed for thousands of dollars.

The notion that there are people out there who have no scruples whatsoever about making money off these kind of items obviously should not come as a surprise. Thankfully, eBay has stepped in to make sure that profiting off “human tragedy or suffering,” as the company put it, won’t occur on its site.