I warned you about the dangers of getting busted for selling untested, unlabeled toys at the beginning of yard sale season. I even provided a handy link to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Publication #254 [PDF], with guidelines explaining that most of the stuff you'd naturally sell at a flea market or yard sale was technically verboten, thanks to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).
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 Feds are trolling for contraband items at Goodwill, on eBay, and at church bazaars. It's a shame really. "Resale Roundup" sounds like something fun, maybe a western-themed version of Antiques Roadshow. But no luck. Reality is far bleaker:
[Jim Gibbons, the chief executive of Goodwill], said the nonprofit group was accustomed to inspectors from the Consumer Product Safety Commission making unannounced visits to its stores.
Read Reason's archive about the land of forbidden toys here.