Originally Posted by silverfish
Technically you were selling but you were still breaking the law.
Ebay's "collectible container" disclaimer does not mean that it
wasn't illegal and the I think the fact that they (finally) shut down
booze sales (on the US site) shows they knew it was wrong as well.
I doubt you'll see the return of liquor sales on ebay US (aside from
licensed wine sellers.)
The reason they shut down is that 20/20 did a sting on them and got an 18 yr old to buy a bottle of vodka thru Ebay and when it was received by the underage person they had a story to do and hence the closure of alcohol sales.
Their disclaimer was in fact ridiculous regarding the value of the container and only a fool at Ebay wouldn't know that in fact spirits were being auctioned.