Big Government vs. Garage Sales
This should go over about as well as the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 (H.R. 2749) that attacks farmers markets and roadside veggie stands like one my grandpa used to run. How much of this do they think we can take? Are they trying to make us mad? Hey Federales, its working!
The “Resale Round-up,” launched by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, enforces new limits on lead in children’s products and makes it illegal to sell any items that don’t meet those limits or have been recalled for any other reason.
How many people who have rummage sales keep up with recall lists? Probably zilch.
In order to comply, stores, flea markets, charities and individuals selling used goods — in person or online — are expected to consult the commission’s 24-page Handbook for Resale Stores and Product Resellers (pdf) and its Web site for a breakdown of what they can’t sell.
And the article talks about $100,000 to $15 million dollar fines – and no distinction between ordinary folks and big corporations. Fining a citizen for selling faulty toys at garage sale that much is about as stupid as fining a college kid millions for downloaded songs that might cost a few hundred dollars total.
Oh, but its for the children!
BUT OUT! We can take care of our own kids Big Brother!