2nd February 2023 – (New York) eBay took down a listing of musician Latto’s underwear that nearly reached $100,000 in a bidding war. Even though it was all a stunt to get back payback at an internet troll, the company told Insider that selling used underwear goes against the platform’s policy.
A spokesperson for eBay told Insider in a statement on Tuesday that the listing violated “health and hygiene standards” under its “used clothing policy.”
Latto put the garment up for auction on Monday after a Twitter user tried to call her out for wearing the same cheetah print thong on two occasions (as if laundry didn’t exist).
Latto quote tweeted it and wrote, “Oh no, it’s the panty police.”
The next day, she listed those panties on eBay, mocking her critic that she had to sell them because she couldn’t wear them twice. She also shared an Instagram story Monday announcing that she was going to wear a pair before selling them.
What transpired was a major bidding war between her fans.
The bidding started at 99 cents and was only supposed to span for a few days. However, the bids quickly skyrocketed, reaching tens of thousands of dollars. When the listing was taken down on Monday evening, it had hit over $93,000, according to a screenshot shared online.
By Tuesday, however, eBay removed the listing because it violated its guidelines.
“eBay is committed to maintaining a safe and vibrant community by ensuring goods sold on our platform comply with our policies, including our health and hygiene standards,” a spokesperson said in an email statement. “Listings that include used underwear are prohibited under our used clothing policy.”
Latto, who has over 9 million Instagram followers, hasn’t directly addressed the takedown, although she joked about the stunt in an Instagram story on Tuesday. She posted a meme of a girl asking her dad why their mother doesn’t live with them anymore. “BECAUSE I SPENT $95,650 BUYING LATTOS PANTIES,” it read.
Even though the rapper won’t be able to see her ruse through, people have been cheering her on for twisting the potential diss into a lucrative opportunity.