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Online marketplace eBay says it's working to purge site of six Dr. Seuss books

The move by eBay comes as the books are attracting high-dollar bids after Dr. Seuss Enterprises said the six books won't be licensed and published.

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Sign in front of eBay headquarters in California in January 2014
Sign in front of eBay headquarters in California in January 2014
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Updated: March 4, 2021 - 7:21pm

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The online auction and sales website eBay is working to purge its platform of listings for six Dr. Seuss books that Dr. Seuss Enterprises has announced will not be licensed or published.

"We are committed to action. To that end, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, working with a panel of experts, including educators, reviewed our catalog of titles and made the decision last year to cease publication and licensing of the following titles: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, If I Ran the Zoo, McElligot's Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat's Quizzer. These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong," Dr. Seuss Enterprises said in statement earlier this week.

An eBay spokesperson said in an email that the company "is currently sweeping our marketplace to remove these items," the Wall Street Journal reported. 

"The eBay spokeswoman said that it would take some time to review seller listings and that the company was monitoring newly published listings," the outlet reported.

As Just the News has previously noted, those six books have been attracting high-dollar bids on eBay.

As of Thursday evening, listings for the books still appeared on the website and were still attracting large bids. For example, a listing for all six books that had 14 bids was up to $2,025.

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