New law makes it illegal to resell products that’ve been recalled. It’s clear from the description that it’s intended to target eBay, thrift stores, etc. but I’m sure certain relevant bits of information are going to be omitted when I inevitably hear about this in bastardized form, ie:
Scott Wolfson, a spokesman for the agency, said it wouldn’t be dispatching bureaucratic storm troopers into private homes to see whether people were selling recalled products from their garages, yards or churches.
The agency is working with eBay, Wolfson said, to help the online sales giant install software filters that will flag auction items subject to manufacturers’ recalls.
The commission’s Internet surveillance unit is monitoring Craigslist and other “top auction and reselling sites” for recalled goods. If the agency discovers that a recalled product has been sold online, it will try to find and inform the buyer, Wolfson said.
The Resale Roundup is being enforced under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law last year.
Coming soon to a chain e-mail near you.