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eBay sellers are freaking.
I had never even heard of this law? Has anyone else?
I did a Google search and there's a lot about it, but it seems like no one knew about it and then just....boom.
I feel this is bad. This is very bad. Think they will fix it in time?
I heard it is to come into effect Feb 2009. I am not sure about the fine details - was just told no more used books that are printed for children 12 and under. I'm not thrilled about this. If there is enough lead in children books to cause any problems with children - my girls would have been poisoned long ago!
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See I was fixing to post a question about this same thing. I received an email through a homeschool group I'm a member of that this was the case and that children's books would be prohibited from being sold or even given away unless they met the new lead code and what not. I mean don't get me wrong, I want all the kids to be safe from lead very much so, but what i think prohibiting the older books, clothes and all is going too far.
I've sent an email to a lady that I was given an address for and asked if this was true or not and even pasted the email for her to read that I received this morning. So we'll see what she says. **and wouldn't you know it, I just got the email returned to me by the mailer demon that says it was not deliverable**
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Effective February 10, 2009, in the United States, the sale of
books. It can cost between $500 and $1500 to test a book for lead.
I happen to own a children's bookstore specializing in living books
from the 1950s and '60s. My punishment for selling a book after
February 10th? Up to $100,000 and 5 years in jail. And yes, it is
a felony charge. For selling a SINGLE book.
So what can you do to help save your local used bookstore that
sells children's books? Or that homeschool curriculum business?
Or your EBay business selling children's items?
ACT NOW before the quickly approaching deadlines:
1) Email or call the CPSIA - the office of the CPSC ombudsman at
Comments on Component Parts Testing accepted through January 30,
2009. Or email:
2) Contact your local representatives. For their contact informa-
tion, just enter your zip code.
3) Make your voice heard by voting on this issue! The top 3 in
each category will be presented to President-elect Obama.
4) Sign the petition.
Look for more information coming up.
5) Spread the word! Forward this article. Send an email. Write
about this on your blog. Tell others about this issue and
encourage them to do the same.
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What are the schools going to do about all the text books? I am sure that there are some that have been there for a number of years. Is there an ok if printed after date?
I honestly think there is no way this will happen as stated. I mean, that would cause a collaspe of the entire US (and global) economy. I'm sure there will be changes made, or exemptions (grandfathering). I think the response to the law is sort of a Chicken Little thing right now. I'm not going to get all paranoid about it. It seems a bit like the Y2K hysteria. Of course this is all JMO!
It really has a ton to do with the CPSC and they could have made it as bad as many of us feared but the newest update is WONDERFUL and we should not have to worry about used books here at all and people on e-bay can stop freaking out as well about used clothing! :) She the update:
this is what I was just emailed as a statement they'd made....True or not, I have no idea..I hope not and wouldn't put it past it being either true or false cause we actually never know what anyone will do without us knowing until it's too late..JMO.. and this following link I did run through and check, it does actually have books in the wording under some of the Q&A so I don't know...
A bit of good news buried in there...
"Sellers of used children's products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not required to certify that those products meet the new lead limits, phthalates standard or new toy standards."
"resellers cannot sell children's products that exceed the lead limit and therefore should avoid products that are likely to have lead content, unless they have testing or other information to indicate the products being sold have less than the new limit. Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties."
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Theresa, yes, reselling is safe!
We must all be mindful though as if caught selling an item with the lead limit over the allowable amount, we can be charged! How can we tell? If the item is painted, it could be a danger. If the item is Plastic, it could be a danger!
Whew, part of me was freaking out reading that!
We have a basement full of JUNK and most of it is kids stuff. In the past I have sold on Ebay and done well too at times. I even had a store for awhile and did good too.
I've been thinking of reopening it for a few months just to try to sell a few more stuff mainly kids stuff.
So doing Ebay would be RESELLING right?
Also this site would be ok for trading books right?
I'm still a little confused & there is no way I would sell on Ebay unless I was sure the things we sell wouldn't get us arrested.
I hope this helps to reasure you as it has me. PBS staff sent this reply to my questions.
We're glad to tell you that this law will not affect us. See the press release dated 1/8/2009. The relevant excerpts follow:
"The new law requires that domestic manufacturers and importers certify that children’s products made after February 10 meet all the new safety standards and the lead ban. Sellers of used children’s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not required to certify that those products meet the new lead limits, phthalates standard or new toy standards.
The new safety law does not require resellers to test children’s products in inventory for compliance with the lead limit before they are sold.
The agency has underway a number of rulemaking proposals intended to provide guidance on the new lead limit requirements. Please visit the CPSC website at www.cpsc.gov for more information."
What about collector toys from our and our parents' childhoods? I sell those on ebay from time to time. If they are marketed to collectors, do you think they could still be sold?
This is very disconcerting. I'm just now typing up policies for a consignment sale I'm planning in a couple of months, too.