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Craigslist Criminality

12:10 PM, Apr 30, 2014 • By JIM SWIFT
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Sold anything on Craigslist lately? An old TV, a cribchair, or lamp? If so, you may have broken federal law.

Ikea

IKEA just re-announced an expanded recall of its wall-mounted lamps dating back 30 years because, in Europe, one infant died and another almost did in instances in which the lamp's “cord was pulled into the crib by the infants.”  

The effect of poor parenting has rippled across the Atlantic, costing consumers and companies real money for an infinitesimal uptick in consumer safety. 

Federal law “bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.”

If you sell at a yard sale or on Craigslist a lamp you bought 20 years ago that is subject to recall, you could be fined up to $100,000 per infraction, thanks to a 2008 law primarily authored by Arkansas senator Mark Pryor, which substantially increased penalties for selling recalled goods.

While the Consumer Product Safety Commission says they’re not interested in targeting those selling goods at yard sales, their website’s guidance clearly states:

CPSC's laws and regulations apply to anyone who sells or distributes consumer products. This includes thrift stores, consignment stores, charities and people holding yard sales and flea markets.

So, be careful what you sell. Caught or not, you could be a Craigslist criminal.

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