Sep 3, 2009

Feds to crack down on sale of many used products

Washington seems to be obsessed with the need to control.

Now the Obama administration wants to control sales at thrift stores and even your garage sale!

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.

The crackdown affects thrift-store operators such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army.

It affects everyday Americans cleaning out their attics for yard sales and church bazaars.

It affects selling on eBay, Craigslist and other Web sites.

Secondhand sellers now must keep abreast of recalls for thousands of products, some of them stretching back more than a decade, to stay within the bounds of the law.

How long before a “Used products Czar” inspects your next yard sale?