Amazon and eBay Still Selling QAnon Items Amid Crackdown From Other Major Companies

Amazon and eBay have not joined other online companies in taking action against the promotion of the QAnon conspiracy theory.

Membership site Patreon is the latest major company to announce that they will be removing accounts that support the baseless theory that believes President Donald Trump is waging a secret war against satanic pedophiles and cannibals.

Last week, Patreon announced they are "taking a step to address" QAnon and remove all creator accounts that spread disinformation.

"While Patreon does not propagate this content directly, there are a small number of creators on the platform who have supported the QAnon conspiracy theory with their work," the company said.

"Because of this, and the fact that we have seen a number of other online platforms become overrun with pages and groups actively focused around QAnon disinformation, we are taking action."

TikTok recently joined fellow social media giants Twitter and Facebook in announcing QAnon crackdowns. Youtube has also announced a ban on the conspiracy theory, which has been linked to antisemitism.

Virtual exercise platform Peloton has removed hashtags related to QAnon, with online retailer Etsy also banning items all QAnon merchandise from sale as they violate their policies against products which "promote hate, incite violence, or promote or endorse harmful misinformation."

However, a quick search on Amazon and eBay—two of the largest e-commerce sites in the world—reveals that hundreds of QAnon items, such as books, clothes, stickers and badges, which promote the QAnon theory are all still widely available via third party sellers on the site.

Clothing you can purchase from retailers selling on eBay including the slogan "The storm is here." The "storm" is a reference to a belief from QAnon supporters of the moment that Trump will start taking down the "deep state" and high-profile pedophiles, which include democrats and Hollywood personalities.

Other items include t-shirts with the letters WWG1WGA—an abbreviation of the QAnon slogan "Where we go one we go all."

Selection of eBay items currently available on eBay. Screenshot

One book currently available on Amazon entitled QAnon and 1000 Years of Peace: Destroying the New World Order and Taking the Kingdom of Christ by Force currently has a four and a half star rating from nearly 900 reviews.

One 5 star review read: "Red pill Melissa does amazing things in her explanation and storytelling. She's an incredible writer and I have learned so much in this book. And at this price how could you not buy a copy to leave behind in the doctor's office? You'll be blessed by doing so."

Amazon has been found to be selling books promoting QAnon months before the false conspiracy theory moved from the fringes of the internet into the mainstream.

In 2019, a book promoting the QAnon theory entered a top 75 chart of all books sold on Amazon, climbing to at least number 56.

The book, entitled QAnon: An Invitation to the Great Awakening, also featured in the algorithmically generated "Hot new releases" section on Amazon's books landing page.

As well as a host of books and apparel supporting the conspiracy theory, Newsweek previously reported that Amazon was selling QAnon Halloween costumes aimed at children.

An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment when contacted by Newsweek. eBay has also been approached for comment.

A person holds a banner referring to the Qanon conspiracy theory during a alt-right rally in Portland, Oregon, on August 17, 2019. Amazon and Ebay, are still selling items promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory despite other companies taking action. Stephanie Keith/Getty