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Homeschoolers and e-Bay

     As almost all homeschoolers know, eBay has recently instituted a policy of not allowing teachers editions of curricula to be bought and sold through them, even by homeschooling families.  The following item is taken from the Dakota Voice, 8/31/2006; http://www.dakotavoice.com/200608/20060831_3.html ..


     Homeschool Magazine Responds to eBay's Ban on Selling Teacher's Editions. As homeschoolers grow increasingly frustrated with eBay's policies, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine points them towards other sites that will happily welcome their business. Five years ago, Gena Suarez started selling homeschool curriculum on eBay to make a little extra money. She developed a wonderful rapport with her customers as they began emailing her with general homeschool questions, like, “What method do you use?” “What curriculum do you like?” “How do you homeschool with a busy preschooler at home?” “How many hours a day does it take?” But those days are long gone. These days Gena and her husband, Paul, are publishers of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and are no longer selling curriculum on eBay. Today they couldn't even sell teacher's editions there if they wanted to since the Internet auction site now prohibits the sale of those materials. eBay defends its decision on its site by saying, “Teachers editions are intended for teacher’s use and eBay believes in limiting the resale of those items as we are not equipped to verify if the buyer is a teacher or not.” Many homeschoolers have been affected by no longer being able to buy or sell their teacher's editions on eBay and they don't appreciate it one bit! Gena Suarez, Publisher of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine says, “Some of our readers have complained to us and asked if we could get involved. eBay is committing a crucial error in disregarding the homeschooling sector of its marketplace. The popular online auction site has benefited significantly from home educators and implementing this ban on teacher's editions is not going unnoticed. The Old Schoolhouse Magazine recommends that eBay show its support for the American family and to once again allow the selling of teacher's editions. Doing so will go a long way to restoring the relationship that homeschoolers once enjoyed with eBay.” Homeschoolers frustrated with the eBay ban on teacher's editions can take their business to other sites who understand the importance of being able to buy and sell teacher's editions for home educators.


     Also, on Saturday, September 2, 2006, Evelyn Apple responded to an article posted on the Church of Christ Homeschoolers List and wrote, “'HSLDA Has Answer for eBay's Teacher's Edition Textbook Ban.' I already have an answer: teachers' manuals have always been allowed at http://www.MyHomeschoolStore.com !

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