When you discontinue a product or protest against it, you might be making it that much more valuable. After being attacked by various civil rights groups as racist, the line of action figures released in relation to the new film “Django Unchained” has been taken off the shelves. But this move had the unexpected effect of pushing the prices of the toys up on Ebay, due to a spike in demand.
Suddenly, the toys that wouldn’t cost very much in your local department store shot up to as much as $2,000 apiece for the entire set. This got the attention of Ebay honchos, who apparently didn’t like what they saw.
The dolls were taken off the site because, according to Ebay, they violated the site’s policy against offensive material. This includes material that ”graphically portray graphic violence or victims of violence, unless they have substantial social, artistic or political value.” This also includes “racially or ethnically offensive language, historical items, reproductions and works of art and media.”
The film has seen tremendous success in both North America and the rest of the world. Apparently, the controversy also pushed the film over the top, making Django arguably the most successful Quentin Tarantino film yet.