The Washington Times - September 1, 2009, 08:35AM

The federal government has begun a program to crack down on the secondhand sales of dangerous and defective products, according to McClatchy Newspapers.

Called Resale Roundup, the initiative targets toys and other products for children and enforces a new law that makes it a federal crime to resell anything that’s been recalled by its manufacturer.


The crackdown affects sellers ranging from major thrift-store operators such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army to everyday Americans cleaning out their attics for yard sales, church bazaars or digital hawking on eBay, Craigslist and other Web sites, McClatchy reports.

Right now I’m imagining the feds raiding my neighborhood’s Salvation Army. It wouldn’t be a fair fight. It’s not really an “army.”

If the feds find a surplus of banned goods at Goodwill, will they make the charity change its name?

I get the reasoning behind the resale initiative. I’m just wondering why there’s no federal law against selling broken junk. Fred Sanford would have been a criminal kingpin.

There’s usually a yard sale somewhere in my neighborhood every weekend from the first day of spring until the end of September. So I’m thinking the feds have got their work cut out for them in Pasadena, Md.