Update on Federal Law Affecting Local Resale Stores

Last week the Consumer Product Safety Commission released further interpretation of the federal law forbidding the resale of children’s items exceeding 600 ppm total lead content. Sellers of used children’s products, such as thrift stores or consignment stores, are not required to certify that their products meet the new lead limits. This new interpretation came about because re-salers around the country said they could not afford to do business if the government mandated expensive lead testing on their inventories. For now, the law lets re-salers off the hook for lead testing, but does emphasize that they make a good faith effort in excluding the sale of items they suspect would contain high amounts of lead. Remember, though, that the lead testing is still mandatory on the manufacturing and distribution side, so it will be interesting to see if the items trickling into resale stores change or if resale items will become more expensive due to smaller inventories. Advertisement

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