by sly phy – no pizza without cheeses:

Browsing eBay and discovered a listing for a rutilated quartz crystal. The description had a large amount of what I call spiritual hogwash in it regarding the ‘magical’ properties of the crystal.

I am not going to link to the auction because it is still current and would probably breach Y!A protocol but I’m sure you can find it if you really want to.

From the description :-

“Rutilated quartz just “sizzles” with energy, feeling almost electrified! It is programmable and can be used to magnify energy. It activates the higher mind. Quartz is the most powerful healing & energy amplifier on Earth! On a spiritual level this crystal raises energy to the highest possible level. Rutilated quartz brings a joyful vibration into the energetic field. Healing properties of rutilated quartz are amazing and wonderful! We think EVERYONE should have some form of rutilated quartz in their healing collection! Rutilated quartz is a STRONG HEALER! Stimulates cells and repairs tissues. Superior crystal for Alzheimer’s sufferers. Cleanses and energizes the aura. An aid in astral travel, channeling and scrying.”

Honestly – stimulates cells and REPAIRS TISSUES!!

Are making claims like these against laws?

PS- I am going to ask this in both R&S and Law and Ethics to see the difference in response
Sorry if I touched a nerve elfin

Answer by Heaven bound.
Don’t tell me that you believe all the TV commercials claim to do too!


  • In at least some countries, yes. People selling things are not allowed to make unsubstantiated claims, and I’d sure like to see those ones being substantiated!

    I regularly see reports of some advertiser being fined and having to withdraw a claim, and mostly it’s not nearly as outlandish as that one. It depends what country you are in though; some country’s laws are devoid of such protection for consumers.

  • If any or par of what is been promised is not actually delivered, than yes is called false advertising and because it is promising to repair tissues it also requires FDA approval regardless of what it is, since the substance must be identified even if is external use. IF not FDA approve and been sold the seller can face 10 years plus in jail, as been an unidentified and untested substance been sold to the public. Key here is that many people make false claims of products they sell but when it actually mentions specific things that affect our bodies then is a different thing, it stops been simply claims it begins to actually be something that need to be proven or disprove and is up to the seller to do it supplying data from their testings and further been approved by the agency that looks after all of our well beings when it comes to food, drugs, and any medication, product that claims some sort of help for us.

  • almost as real as a man preforming miracles and magic.

    what kind of numbed down idiot would believe that nonsense

    check out organite
    more metaphysical BS

  • They have found some weird energy coming from some crystals and believe that someday they will be able to use them in super fast computers
    diamonds also.

  • Those who can’t criticize those who can.

    I really do not understand why everybody needs to deliberately try to censor other people’s beliefs. Does that not breach the infamous religious act that pops up more times than the Paris Hilton sex tape?

  • I have a rock that protects me from tigers. In the 10 years I have had the rock I have never once been attacked by a tiger so it must work. I can sell you a similar one for £2000, deal?

  • I think it’s the same as stating some pills can make your penis bigger, or cause you to lose weight. I think all you’re gonna hear is buyer beware.

  • No but the ShamWow holds magical properties, and OxiClean sizzles with energy, and Magic Blue Stuff has healing properties. No different than the crap on QVC. I agree there should be more regulation.

  • It’s called snake’s oil, and it shouldn’t be illegal because anyone stupid enough to fall for it should be ripped off. I mean quartz? Seriously, if anyone bought this, I hope they go to hell if there is one, cuz that is stupid.

  • Spiritual beliefs are hard to prosecute. If it doesn’t work, then one could say that they did not believe enough or that it was never meant to be.

  • Well, since it’s on EBAY, check the user’s ratings given to him by the sellers. If previous sellers rate the seller high, then you can trust. But in regards to the properties, it’s probably fake.

  • I’m going to assume it’s not illegal, since Smiling Bob is still on TV claiming men can make their genitalia larger by taking a pill. Which, by the way, does not work.

  • People can believe what they like, it has nothing to do with you and does not affect you if people want to buy these crystals.

  • It should be deleted due to the false claims.
    The again the people should be slapped if they are stupid enough to buy into all that crap….so yeah, sod it. Keep the advert, stupid people should be poorer.

    I’m off to sell a rock that keeps Cancer away on EBay

  • It is also allowed that you can pretend they heal people and wave them over terminally ill patients to give them false hope and then charge them large sums for the privilege

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