Hey, do you sell on eBay? How about Garage Sales or Yard Sales? If so, better check your merchandise. Selling the wrong items on eBay could possibly land you in jail, or at least give you a hefty fine from the Government!
How can it be?
Well, the US Federal Government has started a crackdown on such “2nd hand” sales. If you are selling any kind of item that the manufacturer has ever recalled, then you could be in trouble. This particularly applies to selling toys or other items for children. The government is calling this crackdown “Resale Roundup.”
This crackdown is not only being targeted at eBay sellers, but also to 2nd hand stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army and such, and also Garage Sales and other such 2nd hand sales. Websites like eBay and Craigslist are also not immune.
I am all for safety, but this might be very hard for any seller who is selling 2nd hand items. You see, if anything has been recalled for even up to a decade ago, it cannot be sold 2nd hand! Also, the Consumer Products Safety Commission issues recall orders every day, and there are thousands of products recalled regularly. Keeping up with this could be considered quite onerous for the average small seller who is having a garage sale – real or virtual.
So, if you are planning to sell used items, be sure to do your homework! If you don’t, it could lead to trouble.