Sell Your Easy Bake Oven and Go To Jail

Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Posted in category Safety Nazis

Don’t sell your child’s Easy Bake Oven at your garage sale. It’s a federal crime to do so under the fed’s new “Resale Roundup.”

Secondhand sellers now must keep abreast of recalls for thousands of products, some of them stretching back more than a decade, to stay within the bounds of the law.

Staffers for the federal agency are fanning out across the country to conduct training seminars on the regulations at dozens of thrift shops.

This is disturbing, especially because Easy Bake Oven was one of my favorite toys. Both of my my parents can attest to the fact that I made the worst baking creations in the entire history of that toy. I was destined, from a very young age, to avoid a career as a baker.

Now here’s ObamaChange:

President Barack Obama and Democratic congressional leaders are crafting an appropriations bill that would boost the agency’s funding next year by more than 11.4 percent — to $117 million — and it’s already hiring new inspectors and other employees in anticipation of the funding infusion.

Make sure you entertain yourself with the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s “Most Dangerous Recalled Products.”

“Those who re-sell recalled children’s products are not only breaking the law, they are putting children’s lives at risk,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “Resale stores should make safety their business and check for recalled products and hazards to children.”

The problem with Easy Bake Oven is that “young children can insert their hands into the overn’s front opening. and get their hands or fingers caught, posing entrapment and burn hazards.” A hooded drawstring sweatshirt was recalled because the “CSPC received one report of a death involving a 3-year-old boy in fresno, Calif. He was strangled when the drawstring on the hooded sweathsirt that he was wearing became stuck on a playground set.”

Oh the insanity of the Safety Busybody State. What about banned products like lawn darts?

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12 Responses to Sell Your Easy Bake Oven and Go To Jail

  1. angela says:

    August 26th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    When they passed this law they said they weren’t really intent on shutting down thrift shops.

    But Americans will cave because we’re a nation of spineless cowards.

  2. DanC says:

    August 26th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    I wonder if these people that are employed for agencies like this are actually proud of their work knowing that they are not contributing anything useful to the economy. I have no doubt that these new employees that will be hired will make a lot more money than they otherwise would if they actually had a real job.

  3. Baxter says:

    August 26th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Make fun all you want but there is no excuse for a reputable thrift store to sell a recalled product listed on CPSC’s website. Reputable thrift stores keep lists of recalled products and don’t sell them to prevent injuries and death.
    There have been more than 20 children who died when the drawstrings on their upper outwear got caught on a slide or a fence or other object. There is no need for drawstrings on children’s upper outerwear-so make fun if you want but remember a child’s life is at risk. And the old easy bake ovens didn’t present the risk-only newer ones.

  4. John says:

    August 26th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    The last time I checked the power to regulate unsafe toys was not one of the enumerated powers of the federal government. Of course that applies to nearly everything the feds do these days. I guess I’m off to buy some lead-painted plastic contraption o’ death in defiance of tyranny.

  5. Michael the Artist says:

    August 26th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Baxter: do you really think that this “CPSC good, thrift stores evil” approach is the most effective way to promote product safety–and with the smallest cost to personal liberty? The lawn dart ban did just about nothing to keep children safe–it was all about a lobbying effort by a parent who lost his daughter because his sons were abusing the product.

    The secondhand sellers do have a moral responsibility, but so do the purchasers and the donors, which the CPSC action is completely ignoring. We don’t need the CPSC and the state to protect us.

  6. Michael the Artist says:

    August 26th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Karen, I hope you’ve picked up some baking skills since then!

  7. liberranter says:

    August 26th, 2009 at 8:27 pm


    Bear in mind that products are often “recalled” by government bureaucracies for the most spurious of reasons, many of them politically or ideologically motivated. Setting aside the question of why a self-appointed bureaucracy of highly questionable qualification should be the final arbiter of which products are allowed to be traded on the free market, the fact of the matter is that ANY manufactured product poses some degree of danger to the consumer if used incorrectly or in an unsuitable environment. In the tragic case of the three-year-old who was strangled by the sweatshirt drawstring, my question very simply is WHERE, OH WHERE was the child’s parent/guardian/minder when this incident happened and WHY, OH WHY did they not intervene to prevent the tragedy from happening? Bottom line: this child’s death was caused by adult negligence, NOT a defective product.

    More to the point, adult human beings of sound and fully developed mind are fully capable of making informed decisions, including not only whether or not to purchase a given product, but to educate themselves on that product’s performance history – including its safety record. In the cases cited in Karen’s post, the products “recalled” by the CPSC were involved either in a few isolated incidents that most likely involved careless or negligent behavior on the consumer’s part, or were merely identified as having “potential” safety vulnerabilities. In short, the risk of danger posed by these products was negligible and many consumers decided that the benefits of the products far outweighed any risks. Unfortunately the CPSC, with the iron fist of the fedgov behind it, punished the majority for the stupidity of the minority and took away from the consumer the freedom to assess and accept risk based on individual preferences. The result in each case was not only the terrible losses imposed on the manufacturers, who in many cases lost years and millions of dollars in research and development, manufacturing, and profit, and the consumers, who lost access to valuable products that they were willing and ready to pay for, but another measure of human freedom as well.

    Last but not least, consider the government’s abominable track record in enforcing “safety” regulations. This alone is reason enough to shut down the CPSC (and OSHA, and the FDA, etc.) and return “product safety” evaluations to the private sector and the consumer where they belong.

  8. Karen De Coster says:

    August 26th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Michael – no I haven’t! I am a spectacular cook and a food enthusiast to the max, but since I don’t do sweets/sugar/bread/cake, etc., no reason at all to bake.

  9. Bruce says:

    August 27th, 2009 at 12:06 am

    I had heard about this new set of laws coming to a thrift store near you. Thrift stores used to be one of the best ways for poor people and folks on a budget to acquire good items at very reasonable costs. As more and more regulation occurs, more and more shops will close. Its just not worth it to many of them to keep operating as profits are small to begin with. Of course, this will create more government jobs for folks who enjoy being completely unproductive.

  10. Angela says:

    August 27th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    I can’t figure out how to do a proper trackback.

    But hey, I didn’t burn my fingers.

  11. graham says:

    August 27th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Can I exchange my old Nazi bureaucrat for a new one? Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…. WILL be fooled again…

  12. Greg says:

    August 27th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    New CHINA lead based painted toy’s to be arriving soon at a toy store near you. Not to mention the new Chinese automobiles to arrive soon. Manufactured right over the border in Mexico.

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