I was just coming on here to see if anyone had mentioned this yet. I just found out about it tonight when my dad sent me this link:http://www.duckduckgooseconsignment.com/CPSIAlaw.html
It also contains the link to the .pdf for the 62-page law:http://www.cpsc.gov/cpsia.pdf
This was introduced in January 2008, passed in August 2008, and will go into effect February 10, 2009.
It even throws in ATV's and pools/spas at the end of the document. I believe I also saw something about more regulations on items small enough to be deemed choking hazards.
I can't find everything my dad and I were discussing earlier, but it seemed (and someone can tell me if we read this wrong) that not only are used children's items not going to be allowed for resale because of the lack of lead-free labels, but the manufacturers and stores were not allowed to stockpile any of these items for something like 6 months prior to the law taking effect. (That's a good explanation for why many stores weren't getting any restock around here.) ---- I just read an article that says the ban on stockpiling and selling the stockpile after Feb. 10 has been revoked?
If it weren't for used items, I wouldn't have been able to bring DS home from the hospital because I couldn't and still can't afford a brand new car seat. This is also going to affect collectors like my dad who collects old GI Joes and my sister who likes older train sets.
I have seen consignment and thrift stores mentioned. We could add antique stores to the list of those affected, too.
Here's an excerpt from the article in relation to cribs:
(1) IN GENERAL.—It shall be a violation of section 19(a)(1)
of the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2068(a)(1))
for any person to which this subsection applies to manufacture,
sell, contract to sell or resell, lease, sublet, offer, provide for
use, or otherwise place in the stream of commerce a crib that
is not in compliance with a standard promulgated under subsection
(2) PERSONS TO WHICH SUBSECTION APPLIES.—This subsection
applies to any person that—
(A) manufactures, distributes in commerce, or contracts
to sell cribs;
(B) based on the person’s occupation, holds itself out
as having knowledge or skill peculiar to cribs, including
child care facilities and family child care homes;
(C) is in the business of contracting to sell or resell,
lease, sublet, or otherwise place cribs in the stream of
(D) owns or operates a place of public accommodation
affecting commerce (as defined in section 4 of the Federal
Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 2203)
applied without regard to the phrase ‘‘not owned by the
(3) CRIB DEFINED.—In this subsection, the term ‘‘crib’’
(A) new and used cribs;
(B) full-sized or nonfull-sized cribs; and
(C) portable cribs and crib-pens.
This is the only time I could find mention of the word "resell," but there could be numerous synonyms for this for all I know. Now that I've calmed down from having discovered this, I'm trying to logically go through it, and I'm hoping it's not as bad as it may appear. Still, I'm not a lawyer, so there's plenty I could miss.