Jeffrey Epstein-inspired merchandise has been removed from some retailers' websites, but it remains on Amazon
Etsy; Teespring; Amazon; TeeChip; Redbubble
- Merchandise inspired by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his recent death have popped up across platforms where consumers can sell their own products.
- Shopify and eBay have both taken down such listings, as the Verge reported, but Epstein-inspired t-shirts and mugs can still be found on Amazon, Etsy, Teespring, Redbubble, and other marketplaces.
- Many of these websites have "acceptable use" policies that restrict the selling and distribution of merch that reference human tragedy and death.
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Etsy's policies say it keeps up content with "educational, historical, or artistic value," but does not allow items that "glorify human suffering or tragedies, including items that commemorate or honor serial killers."
Redbubble told Business Insider in a statement it had become aware that "supportive Jeffrey Epstein-themed merchandise" had been uploaded to its site, but the products have been removed. "We will continue to monitor the marketplace and remove similar inappropriate content," Redbubble said.
Teespring said in a statement that its team would review and remove all content that is against its policies as soon as possible. "We do not promote user-generated content of this nature and find it unacceptable," Teespring told Business Insider.TeeChip and TeePublic did not respond to Business Insider's request for comment by the time of publication.
The Verge reported Monday that similar listings were found on eBay and Shopify. EBay told Business Insider that the website has removed "a handful" of listings over the past few days, and told the Verge in a statement that the website "does not tolerate the sale of any item that seeks to profit from human suffering or tragedy."
Shopify told Business Insider it removed a store from its platform selling Epstein-inspired apparel, as its merchandise violated the company's "acceptable use" policy.
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