A whole bunch of 1000’s are thought to have made the pilgrimage to the U.Ok. capital to see the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Corridor, the place it was lying-in-state for a number of days forward of the late monarch’s funeral on Monday.
These becoming a member of the queue to enter the Corridor and pay their respects to the late monarch got wristbands as “a file of when [they] joined the queue.”
The wristbands, issued by the U.Ok. authorities’s Division for Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport, got here in several colours every day.
In keeping with eBay’s file of bought listings, a number of used wristbands have been bought in latest days. One was bought on Monday morning for £45,100 ($51,323), in keeping with the data, whereas others have been additionally bought for tens of 1000’s of kilos.
It’s unclear whether or not all the objects bought for this quantity or in the event that they have been eliminated by eBay’s moderators earlier than the gross sales may full.
Nevertheless, one of many wristbands that the data stated bought for £25,000 on Monday was really eliminated by eBay, and no cost had been made for the merchandise, the corporate confirmed.
“This stuff are towards our insurance policies and we’re eradicating them from our website,” an eBay spokesperson informed Fortune on Monday.
There have been nonetheless numerous listings for the wristbands lively on the net public sale website in the course of the Queen’s funeral.
One among them, seen by Fortune, marketed an “unbroken” wristband for the lying-in-state queue, and had attracted bids as much as £55,100 ($62,700) by round noon in London on Monday. It quickly appeared to have been faraway from the positioning.
One other wristband itemizing, which has additionally since been eliminated, had racked up a number of bids that priced it at greater than £40,000.
Earlier, The Guardian reported that some listings had attracted bids as excessive as £70,000 ($79,700) earlier than being eliminated.
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EBay’s insurance policies prohibit the sale of most occasion tickets—together with these for concert events, festivals, sports activities matches and theater reveals. The foundations typically apply to occasions that are free to attend, just like the Queen’s lying-in-state.
Some sellers have tried to seek out methods across the coverage.
One particular person promoting a wristband with an asking worth of £14,000 pre-empted the delisting of their “uncommon” providing.
“This is perhaps taken down by eBay,” they stated, earlier than disclosing their electronic mail handle and cellphone quantity.
“In case you are electronic mail… and we are able to organize this sale one other method,” the vendor added.
Most of the listings promoting wristbands from the lying-in-state queue have touted the objects as memorabilia or souvenirs fairly than tickets.
Persons are additionally utilizing eBay to money in on different objects which have marked the Queen’s loss of life and lying-in-state, together with newspapers and posters displayed on London’s public transport networks—though the quantities being looked for these are a lot decrease than the wristbands’ asking costs.
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