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eBay Begins Removing Alcohol Listings After “20/20” Report on Teen Buyer

iStockphotos/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The online marketplace eBay has said it will begin removing listings for beer and liquor from its site after a teen working with 20/20 successfully ordered vodka from two eBay vendors. The vendors advertised their products as "collectible."

While eBay prohibits the sale of all alcohol with the exception of some wines sold by licensed wine sellers, it does allow for the sale of collectible alcohol containers. The site's current alcohol policy states that the seller of the container "will take all appropriate steps to ensure that the buyer is of lawful age in the buyer's and seller's jurisdiction."

But that didn't stop one teen who worked with 20/20 from obtaining alcohol through the site. We asked Xander, 13, to head to the site and try to buy liquor there. One vendor refused to sell his product when Xander and a 20/20 producer declined to send a copy of an ID showing that the buyer was of legal drinking age. But Xander was able to successfully place an order with two other vendors -- a result that mirrored work done by researchers at the University of North Carolina, who found during a recent study that teens could order alcohol from a number of sites, including eBay.

"All I had to do was type in vodka on the search bar, click one button and it can send it to my house," Xander told 20/20. (A 20/20 producer paid for the purchases.)

Weeks later, five bottles of vodka arrived at Xander's front door.

In a statement to 20/20 on Friday morning, following the posting of an article about Xander's experience, eBay said it is completely revising its alcohol sales practices to protect against illegal sales:

"eBay will not allow our marketplace to be used as a way to circumvent laws regarding the sale of alcohol, particularly the illegal sale of alcohol to minors. We are beginning the process of removing listings of beer and spirits. We expect to allow these listings again after developing and implementing additional, reasonable requirements to support seller compliance with our policies and applicable laws. We will continue to allow listings by pre-approved, licensed wine sellers."

The company said earlier that it had taken action against the two vendors who sold alcohol to Xander.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that many Internet alcohol vendors fail to verify that customers are of legal drinking age. In a report on a study released in May, researchers said that underage study participants successfully ordered alcohol online 45 times from popular vendors, including eBay.

"With just a few clicks on their computer or smartphone, kids can order alcohol delivered to their home," lead study author Rebecca Williams, a research associate at UNC, said after the study's release. "We were amazed at how easy it was for minors to buy alcohol online."

Williams said that researchers found listings on eBay that were not in line with the site's own criteria for what constitutes an alcohol-related collectible.

According to the site's current policy, the contents of the collectible must not be intended for consumption, that the value of the item is in its container, not its contents, and that the item must not be available in any retail outlet.

"Our simple searches revealed countless unrestricted listings by the sellers of common liquors that clearly didn't meet any of the criteria, such as varieties of Bacardi rum available at any liquor store," Williams said.

What remains unclear, Williams said, is how often teens today are actually using eBay and other online retailers to purchase alcohol. A 2006 study sponsored by the wine industry found that just 2 percent of teens reported buying alcohol online. Williams said she hopes to do her own study on the subject, through a nationally representative survey, next year.

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Teen Summer Employment Shows Improvement

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- An analysis of jobs data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that more teens found jobs this summer, according to global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.  The firm's analysis showed summer (May through July) job gains among 16- to 19-year-olds of more than 13 percent from summer of last year, growing by a total of 1,087,000.  During summer 2011, jobs for teens grew by only 960,000 -- the fewest since 1949, Challenger, Gray & Christmas reports.

Still, labor data shows this year's net employment gains "failed to match the 1,163,000 teen jobs added in 2009 and the 1,154,000 in 2008."  Challenger, Gray & Christmas note this summer's gains were still "well below pre-recession levels when, from 2004 through 2007, teen employment grew by an average of 1,674,000 jobs between May and July."

Challenger, Gray & Christmas speculates teen hiring may have been stronger this summer had employers not cut back in hiring during July.  According to the jobs data, hiring in July was down from the same month in 2010.  But Challenger, Gray & Christmas says the drop-off in July may be linked to the government's prolonged debt debates last month.

"The drop-off in July employment gains among teens corresponded with a sudden increase in uncertainty about the strength of the economic recover and subsequent decline in consumer confidence, stemming in part from the protracted debate in Washington over raising the debt limit," said Challenger, Gray & Christmas CEO John A. Challenger.

"For business owners and store managers deciding whether to hire more workers in late June and early July, the growing uncertainty made the decision not to hire that much easier," he said.

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Apple’s Steve Jobs Most Admired Entrepreneur Among Teens

Photo Courtesy - Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may have created a product with a half a billion users and be the subject of a hit Hollywood movie, The Social Network, but a new survey reveals he’s not the entrepreneur teens admire most.  A 2010 Junior Achievement Teens and Entrepreneurship survey finds Apple co-founder Steve Jobs sits atop a list of most admired entrepreneurs.

Here’s the top five from the survey:

1. Steve Jobs -- 23 percent
2. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling -- 17 percent
3. Oprah Winfrey – 14 percent
4. Music artist/businessman Jay-Z -- 13 percent
5. Mark Zuckerberg & skateboarder Tony Hawk (tied) -- 9 percent

When broken down by gender, teenage girls ranked J.K. Rowling as the most admired entrepreneur, with 23 percent, followed by Oprah with 21 percent and Steve Jobs with 17 percent.

For teenage boys, Steve Jobs is the most admired with 29 percent of the vote, followed by Jay-Z at 17 percent and Tony Hawk at 14 percent.

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