Friday, August 21, 2009

Feds are interested in your yard sale

CPSIA begins to get its feet under it, going forth to wreak havoc.

Seller, beware: Feds cracking down on garage sales

WASHINGTON — If you're planning a garage sale or organizing a church bazaar, you'd best beware: You could be breaking a new federal law. As part of a campaign called Resale Roundup, the federal government is cracking down on the secondhand sales of dangerous and defective products.

The initiative, which targets toys and other products for children, enforces a new provision that makes it a crime to resell anything that's been recalled by its manufacturer.

"Those who resell recalled children's products are not only breaking the law, they are putting children's lives at risk," said Inez Tenenbaum, the recently confirmed chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The crackdown affects sellers ranging from major thrift-store operators such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army to everyday Americans cleaning out their attics for yard sales, church bazaars or — increasingly — digital hawking on eBay, Craigslist and other Web sites.
Told you. And furthermore,
President Barack Obama and Democratic congressional leaders are crafting an appropriations bill that would boost the agency's funding next year by more than 11.4 percent — to $117 million — and it's already hiring new inspectors and other employees in anticipation of the funding infusion.
they'll have plenty of your money to do their surveillance of you. Of me? us? We all need watching. Just in case something fishy might be going on. Or, you might say, "De minimis nunc curat lex."

Thanks to Glenn Reynolds.


Trooper York said...

In Brooklyn we don't have yard sales. We have stoop sales.

Of course you can't buy a stoop. Otherwise I could finally get rid of my cousin Nunzio.

chickenlittle said...

In Oceanside there's a huge flea market every Saturday and Sunday held at an old drive-in theater. I go there once and a while when I'm looking for something cheap. Lots of new items apparel & household goods that look like they're right off the truck as well as plenty of used stuff. No sales taxes, only a nominal admission fee and a vendors fee for selling. I've often wondered why the authorities don't shut it down, but it seems to be run and frequented mostly by a certain ethnic group so I guess it would be like profiling.