Well, I agree this is crazy. Crocodile and alligator goods are sold all the time in California. Note too, however, that mere possession has never been a violation of the law. This provision was news to me, though. Most of the problems with alligator and crocodile were worked out years ago through international conventions; don't know who here in CA put forward this pious and meaningless bit of grandstanding. Anyway, as you noted, Andrew, change appears to be imminent. CA SB 1485 would repeal the provisions as they apply to alligator and crocodile. That bill has passed both houses of the legislature and was sent to the Governor on 9/6. Looks like I'll have to do a private placement, though, if I ever decide to sell my old Macafee bespoke sea turtle loafers.
I first became aware of these ebay rules when I was doing some research on a large tortoise-shell mirror I had found. Tortoise-shell, of course, shares the same fate as the colobus monkey. I'm not against protecting endangered animals, but I see no reason for a prohibition against skins of non-endangered animals and I think allowance ought to be made for clearly vintage items (head me down the slippery slope!).
For a summary of SB 1485 take a look here: http://info.sen.ca.gov/pub/bill/sen/..._enrolled.html