Soviet Missle Deleted from Ebay
Jan 28, 2005
LONDON (Reuters) - A Cambridge man trying to sell a deactivated Soviet-era
missile on eBay has been forced to delete it after Web site staff contacted
him for breaching company rules.
But eBay told Richard Moore to remove the missile because he broke eBay
regulations by listing it alongside its vehicle launcher, which should have
appeared as a separate item -- and not because it was a weapon.
The online auctioneer bans the sale of any ammunition, replica guns or
firearms on its sites.
Selling demilitarised missiles however is acceptable, an eBay spokesman
"There's a large market in demilitarised weaponry, and they're classified as
museum pieces," the spokesman said on Wednesday.
The missile's fully operational launcher is still on offer, at 18,990
"I guess anything with the word 'missile' in it is sensitive, but as I keep
saying to everyone, the missile in question couldn't cause any harm and is
literally just the shell," Moore told Reuters.
On his eBay page, Moore describes the Zil 135 Free Range Over Ground (FROG)
rocket launcher as the "mother of all toys".
"It's a hugely collectable piece of kit which should have been broken up so
there's really not many of them around," he said. Although the missile
itself is no longer on eBay, he would still sell it to interested parties.
But Moore stressed he was not an arms dealer just a Russian military vehicle
He bought both items two weeks ago from a specialist company that provides
vehicles for film production.
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