ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - On Tuesday, online retailer Amazon banned sales of the Confederate flag, joined other major retailers, including Wal-Mart, Sears, and eBay. Use and display of the controversial southern symbol has become the topic of hot debate in the aftermath of a shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina where nine people were killed.
Amazon had more than 25,000 listings for Confederate flag related products on its site, ranging from large and small flag to knives, hats, and swimwear. Sales of Confederate flags were up by 2,000-5,000 percent in the last 24 hours, according to Amazon data. One particular flag was listed as the #3 item on the site’s patio, lawn, and garden listings.
As of Tuesday afternoon, items baring the Confederate flag could still be found on Amazon.com. Many items sold on the site are posted by third-party resellers, not Amazon itself. The company uses a combination of computer algorithms, monitors and customer reports to stop banned item sales.