The seller, who goes by the name “collecting_coins” is currently selling a “Korean style Lady PU leather handbag” in various colors: peach blossom, rose pink, watermelon red, and nigger brown.
ebay’s policies state that the site “don’t allow … hateful, offensive, profane, or vulgar language” in listings, even though the bags, which cost $7.98, have been for sale since mid-July.
Apparently, this wasn’t the first time that the term has been used to describe products. In 2007, a black woman in Canada purchased a couch from a store in Toronto which had a tag on it describing the color as “Nigger-Brown”.
Furniture Today reported that “according to Associated Press reports, the unidentified manufacturer was using an old version of translation software from Beijing-based Kingsoft Corp., which got the definition from a Chinese-English dictionary.”
The bag has now been removed from the site.