Associated Press, Published May 01 2013
EBay monitoring listings of Boston Marathon medalsEBay says it is monitoring listings to ensure nobody uses the auction website to profit from the Boston Marathon bombings.
“Out of respect for victims, eBay does not allow listings that graphically portray, glorify or attempt to profit from human tragedy or suffering,” the company said in a statement. “EBay's teams are monitoring related listings to ensure they comply with our policies and also taking into account reports from our community members. When a listing is brought to our attention that may go against our guidelines, we carefully consider the context and all of the details, and decisions to remove items are made on a case-by-case basis.”
There was a 2013 medal for sale Wednesday — but its proceeds will go directly to charity. Jonathan Resnick, an accountant in Southern California, had read on a runners’ discussion board about medals being sold.
“I'm not attached to material things,” he said. “The least I could do was make something good from something bad.”
Boston's One Fund wasn't available through eBay's program for charitable giving, so he chose the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts. Resnick set a minimum bid of $250 and plans to make a matching donation for that amount.
By Wednesday evening, the bidding was up to $375.
Resnick completed his fifth Boston Marathon last month, finishing about 40 minutes before the bombs went off. He was in a changing room at the Park Plaza Hotel several blocks away and didn't hear the explosions.
Resnick, who has cousins in Boston, always loved the way the city rallies around the race. He plans to be back next year if he can post a qualifying time.
He wondered if anybody would even want to buy a medal and was thrilled to already have several bids with the auction not scheduled to end until Monday. Resnick realizes the buyer could potentially turn around and sell the medal at a profit.
“I just know what they're paying for it will go straight to the Red Cross,” he said, “and that's good enough for me.”
Boston Athletic Association executive director Tom Grilk said he wouldn't criticize runners who have tried to sell their medals from this year's race.
“The one thing I am sure of is that I am in no position to evaluate or judge anybody's reaction to the horror or all of this,” Grilk said. “People will react as they do, and it's not for me to say.”
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