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Internet ban on Zurich kidney sale

An internet auction firm has banned a Zurich-based man from selling one of his kidneys on-line. The anonymous seller advertised on the website of the United States company, eBay.

This content was published on February 20, 2000 - 10:04

An internet auction firm has banned a Zurich-based man from selling one of his kidneys on-line. The anonymous seller advertised on the website of the United States company, eBay.

eBay's managing director in Europe, Jörg Rheinboldt, said the auction had been shut down on Sunday. He said eBay provided sellers with an open and free trading platform, but the company's conditions made very clear what could and could not be traded.

Rheinboldt said eBay cooperated with the police and justice authorities if illegal objects were put on sale. He added that the company did not allow the sale of human organs, but that such offers were often practical jokes.

In his advertisement, the 38 year-old would-be organ donor described himself as a non-drinker and non-smoker. He offered the choice of either one of his kidneys with the costs for medication and transplant to be borne by the buyer.

A $100,000 bid, made on February 18, was still reportedly on the website at midday on Sunday.

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