Meals Ready For eBay
from the no-surprise-here dept
My grandparents happen to live in the path of Hurricane Wilma, and a week after it tore through their neighborhood they are still without power (local officials tell them they hope to have power back by November 22 — nearly a month after the hurricane hit). FEMA finally showed up this weekend and dropped off some food, which they’re thankful for. However, it appears that others in various parts of the country hit by hurricanes are looking at FEMA’s food as more than just a meal… but as something to sell on eBay. It’s unclear just how much profit any of these eBay sellers are making, but it seems that FEMA is a bit upset by the news. The packages clearly say: “U.S. Government property – Commercial resale is unlawful,” and FEMA says they’ll go after those breaking the law. There’s just one problem: eBay says they’ve asked for proof from the government on exactly what law the resale violates — and have not received an answer. So, as far as eBay is concerned, the sales are perfectly legal, despite what the packages say.