Friday, August 24, 2007
Recalled Toys Still Available On EBAY
Recalls get lots of press and create plenty of worry, but what happens to all of those toys after they are pulled off of store shelves?
MSNBC is reporting that a good percentage of recalled toys are ending up on EBAY and receiving bids from unsuspecting parents.
Once the items were located, the auctions were tracked for 30 days. Here are the key findings from the study:
“We have been working very closely with the CPSC for a number of years now to educate buyers and sellers about recalls,” eBay spokeswoman Nichola Sharpe told me via e-mail. "If the CPSC asks us to remove an item we will take it down."The average parent doesn't make the time to stay current with recalls. If something they want is a good price - they will buy it.
Unfortunately, it takes a tragic event to create awareness about unsafe products.