Imagine that you are face down in the middle of your yard with the knee of a jack-booted thug in the middle of your back. You can see your three children lying face down crying as a man in a full-face black mask holds an M-16 over them. The bold yellow letters across the back of his black “T” reads “YARD.” Other agents are rifling through your things seeking evidence. What did you do?
You held a yard sale.
Of course, I’m having fun with that scene, but according to an article on the McClatchy blog, the federal government has, apparently, passed a law that you should be aware of if you are planning a garage sale or organizing a church bazaar. As part of a campaign called Resale Roundup, the federal government is cracking down on the secondhand sales of dangerous and defective products. This includes thrift stores, web sellers—such as those on eBay—and regular old garage sales.
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.
John Gibbons of Goodwill, who depends on their $2-billion dollar annual sales for their job training and placement program, says that they already have procedures in place to remove harmful inventory. The new law just steps it up a notch.
The gist is that anyone selling used items will have to check the recall list for any items that are no longer allowed to be sold.