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Boston Marathon Items Already Up for Sale on Ebay

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Items from the Boston Marathon are already up for auction on eBay, as some sellers are looking to make a profit while others are looking to support the victims.

Just hours after the bombs went off, several items from the race were put up on the auction site, including medals, jackets, keychains and other items.

Some items went for hundreds of dollars. Five auctions on Wednesday for the 2013 Boston Marathon medal ranged between $114 and $300 each. One medal sold for more than $400.

But the company that makes the medals was disgusted by them being put on eBay.

"It's just disgusting," Dan Ashworth said. "Everyone was evacuated so the medals were probably just left there for anyone to take."

Many of the sellers are motivated to donate all proceeds to relief charities, but others didn't explain if they were going to donate or not.

Some people are already donating to relief charities, including Boston Bruins Brad Marchand who auctioned off his personal suite for the team's first playoff game. All proceeds from that auction are going to victims.

A number of questionable sales have occurred as well. A video showed some people looting marathon items, like jackets, right after the blast.

Samuel Adams is selling a special bottle opener in honor of the marathon. It started at $9.99 but went up to $70.

TIME writer Brad Tuttle warns that it is best to steer clear of online auctions with anonymous sellers if showing support is the main goal. The Boston Herald has a half-dozen items for sale, like t-shirts, bumper stickers and keychains, which go towards real charities.

Sources: Inquisitr, Time