New rules by the Consumer Product Safety Commission which is designed the stop the sale recalled items by the CPSC or product manufacturers by re sale shops such as Salvation Army, Goodwill, thrift stores and second hand shops.
However, some wonder the law could snare private garage sales. The resale round up a portion of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. The law enforce the limits of lead in children toys after the government found toys from The People’s Republic of China were found to have very high levels of led.
The head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission says it to protect the consumer. “Those who resell recalled children’s products
are not only breaking the law, they are putting children’s lives at
risk,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “Resale stores should make
safety their business and check for recalled products and hazards to
Retailers must consult with the CPSC 24 page handbook as a guideline: Hand book for Resale Stores and Product Resellers and the CPSC website of products forbidden to sell. Violators face a fine of $100,000 or those who continued to violate the law face a fine of $15 million.
Critics say its government interference run amok and put ordinary citizen a risk of arrest.
“It’s absurd when nanny-state bureaucrats want to regulate things we buy at mom-and-pop shops or second-hand stores,” Wes Benedict, executive director of the Libertarian National Committee, told FOXNews.com. “Consumer product safety is best left to a free market where suppliers can compete based on reputation and track records. American grown-ups aren’t stupid, and they know they need to be careful about what they buy for their children from complete strangers at no-name stores.”
One organizer of Garage sales is very concerned. “It is scary to think that there could be such
hefty fines imposed on unsuspecting households,” another garage sale
organizer, Patti Lombardi, told FOXNews.com. “I think I speak for many
people when I say that the government spends too much time interfering
in the individual citizen’s personal life and this is almost bordering
on the ridiculous … what if it opens up a Pandora’s box of litigation
brought by the purchasers of items at garage sales?”
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