Wacky Packages Moron Salt Banned on eBay!
Incredibly, the humorless corporation Morton Salt is still upset about Wacky Packages after all these years. Who could believe it but they have actually forced eBay to ban auctions of a 35 year old children's trading card: Moron Salt. In March/April of 2003 the rumor started going around about this, the first I am aware of to have problems was ebayer janardana (see testimony). At first nobody could believe it, so a collector ran a test and sure enough the auction was ended by the eBay watchguards (see eBay's explanation below). This is fantastic, we have to thank Morton Salt for caring so much about Wacky Packages.
**PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT EMAIL REGARDING YOUR LISTING(S)**
We would like to let you know that we removed your listing:
3221721628 Wacky Package die cut Moron Salt
because a member of our Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) Program notified us, under
penalty of perjury, that your item infringes their copyright, trademark, or
For more information on the VeRO Program, and a list of VeROpages, please visit:
We have credited any associated fees to your account. We have also notified the
bidders that the listing(s) was removed, and that they are not obligated to
complete the transaction.
If you relist this or any other similar items on eBay, your account could be
If you believe your listing was ended in error, or have questions regarding the
removal of this listing, please contact the VeRO Member directly at:
Morton Salt Division of Morton International, Inc.
eBay is available to answer questions, but since it is the VeRO Member that
requested the removal of your listings, we encourage you to contact them first.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Customer Support (Trust and Safety Department)
UPDATE: The ban has been lifted, this info comes out of the
Dear Mr. or Mrs. Thompson:
In 1967, Topps Chewing Gum issued the Die Cut Wacky Packages series
which amongst many products, Morton Salt was parodied (appearing as
Moron Salt). You subsequently cease and desisted Topps who obliged
Recently, people in our hobby have been trying to sell the card through
eBay. You have consistently shut them down. Under what law are you
justified for doing this? There is no copyright infringement or trademark
violation because the sellers are not printing them or creating them as
originals. I do believe you are mistaken believeing that these are recent
creations and pieces of art. These have already been produced in mass
quantity from Topps over 30 years ago. Hobbyists are not reproducing
them so we cannot understand how or which law you are interpreting to
shut these auctions down. Please advise us as we will be going to eBay
in the near future to challenge your demands.
Dear Mr. Argyropoulos,
Morton Salt no longer objects to the sale of the Wacky Pack item.
Here is an article on the Moron Salt subject, available free to anybody who wants to republish, just write me for official permission to reprint.