My significant other/partner has been making masks for individuals for protection (to others) against COVID-19 since about the time the shutdown began. Living in the St. Charles/St. Louis area many of the mask are used from material designed to promote/support our local pro teams, the Blues, the Cardinals and the KC Chiefs. She has given away and sold nearly 400 mask to this point, and continues to receive new orders daily. This has been a community service on her part as the ones she sells just covers the material costs. There is no labor costs included. She continues working on making new masks daily, nearly 8 hours a day……….often 10-12 hours. She has been like a machine putting these out to keep up with the demand.
She has advertised the masks on Facebook, when they (Facebook) has allowed it. She received the above notice from Facebook, that Facebook (Marketplace) will not allow the advertising/sale of “items related to coronavirus (COVID-19). They took down her ad. She has told me they won’t allow the description of a face mask on Marketplace. It is not because some of the mask promote a professional team. She has mask with butterflies, and many other designs. This is strictly “anything coronavirus related”. DOES THIS MAKE IN FREAKING SENSE? While the medical people continue to preach to use masks, FACEBOOK will not promote or allow anyone to place information on their site where they can purchase such masks. Like I said, she is not doing this for profit (all her masks cost $5.00). If you were to purchase a mask with a Cardinal design from a retail store (which for the most part you can not) they are charging $9.00 to $10.00). Is this the real reason FACEBOOK will not allow Coronavirus items on Marketplace? I don’t really think so, they don’t limit their items disallowed to masks. I don’t know what anyone else would be making Coronavirus related……….I doubt individuals are making ventilators. I could possibly see COVID-19 shirts for sale………not promoting the virus but fighting it!
So much for FaceBook and the free Marketplace! Facebook in control!
Is Facebook really protecting a larger manufacturing chain to monopolize?
By the way, the masks JoAnn makes are very well made. The nurse in the New York ER loved hers. She sent a picture wearing it when she received it. NO CHARGE TO THE NURSE! SHE WANTED A STL. BLUES MASK! She’s a fan!