actually, i got an email that explais why some can be sold over 5mw:
Thank you for writing eBay in regard to your listing for laser which was
removed by eBay.
I have reviewed the listing in question, and I have found that the
appropriate action has been taken. Please allow me to explain why your
listing was not permitted.
Listing of hand held lasers with an output of more than 5MW are
generally not permitted on eBay. The only exceptions to this policy are
club/disco/"rave" type lasers, which may generally be listed, even if
their output is greater than 5MW.
For more information on the eBay Hazardous Materials policy, please go
In regard to the other listings you have seen, we rely on reports from
our members to help maintain the safety and security of our Community.
When we receive reports of policy violations, we investigate and take
appropriate action. Our actions may include listing cancellation, limits
on account privileges, account suspension, and loss of PowerSeller
Although there may be similar items currently listed on eBay, we review
all listings that are reported to us. If we find that an item or listing
violates eBay policy, we'll take appropriate action. Unfortunately, some
current listings may violate eBay policies without our knowledge. This
doesn't reduce the seriousness of the violations for the listings that
have been reported to us.
NOW if you think about this for a minute, it also means someone is deliberately shutting US down! WL?
Why not just give less curent where it is 5mw, the differance between that and say 8mw is barely noticable at best, they will both be bright because our eyes are more sensitive to bluesih violet then red.
So, can a hand held portable 150mW red burning laser be advertised as a "club/disco/rave" laser? How does eBay classify a club laser? Is it something that requires an AC outlet?
Anyone got the balls to try it? [smiley=evil.gif] [smiley=evil.gif]
I have sold a few 10mW blu-ray lasers on ebay with the outlet requirement and didn't have trouble. I have also seen '5 mW' blu-ray pointers sold where the seller claims at least 5mW and no action was taken.
It makes you wonder what competing sellers are out there trying to take down your listing, eh?
finally someone who understands my last sentence in that last post. being that there is only three sellers of these blurays on ebay right now, i would assume it's a would-be seller waiting for his bluray diodes to come in, just a guess though.
There is a very easy way around this and you can label your power at whatever you want. Do not call it a pointer but a "module" for use with XY scanners etc. By classifying it as an OEM module and including a disclaimer that the buyer understands the perils of laser light and should know what he / she are doing before they install it into whatever equipment they want, you can label it up to KW power if you wish.