The End of Yard Sales and EBay Auctions?

Can our current gov't be any more idiotic? Apparently, it can.


The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, passed by Congress in August, goes into effect February 10. Among other things, it mandates all childrens' products, toys, clothes, books, etc. are tested for toxic lead and phthalates, chemicals used in plastic. Store owners must present a certificate proving the products were tested.

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Comment by Andy Brown on January 14, 2009 at 2:46pm
Which goes back to the question of: how in 20 years did America decide it wasn't appropriate to manufacture anything.... An economy that doesn't make anything simply consumes....
Comment by Chris Fawcett on January 14, 2009 at 2:25pm
Because, Kai, this is an American law and there are virtually no American toy manufacturers. The law goes to the distribution side of the problem.
Comment by Kai Jensen on January 14, 2009 at 10:06am
Why is it the storeowner's duty to provide proof of testing? Wouldn't that burden belong on the manufacturer?
Comment by Byron Collins on January 14, 2009 at 8:46am
It's ridiculous. I've been following it and have read the new law-- I'm in a 'wait and see mode' before shelling out thousands of dollars for a 3rd party test lab to tell me something I already know.
Comment by Ted Henkle on January 13, 2009 at 3:24pm
Sounds similar to the chafing some countries within the EU are feeling. One example I heard were the closing of some playgrounds in the UK because the Brussels Bureaucrats thought they were unsafe.
Comment by Andy Brown on January 13, 2009 at 12:04pm
I think we can go further than that - "Stupid Is As Stupid Does"....
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on January 13, 2009 at 11:23am
My favorite conservative talk show host, Jim Quinn, has what he calls Quinn's first law: ""Liberalism always achieves the exact opposite of its stated intent."
Comment by Andy Brown on January 13, 2009 at 11:20am
Basically everyone will call them adult collectibles and not reccomend for use by children. Most "do-gooders" don't think things through - another silly and expensive law....
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on January 13, 2009 at 11:16am
It sounds more like the end of commerce as we know it.

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