The nonprofit organization, Kids in Danger (KID) released a new study analyzing the safety of secondhand shopping and offering tips for buyers. KID evaluated and graded 14 secondhand sellers on ten different categories, ranging from product inspection policy to accountability of recalled products.
The report states:
"Secondhand retailers are expected to follow U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regulations selling children’s products. CPSC formulates helpful guidelines for secondhand sellers to inspect products and check their durability (CPSC Resellers Guide). KID’s research found retailers such as Once Upon a Child, Cradle to College, Kids Haven Consignment Sale, Trading Hands and Just Between Friends to be examples of retailers that upheld CPSC standards and educated consumers."
Children’s and maternity franchise system Just Between Friends (JBF) scored a ten in all ten categories. JBF has procedures in place to ensure the safety of the products they sell and provides information on child product safety such as tip-over prevention.
“Wow. I am beyond proud of JBF! The franchisees have worked so hard over the years to keep families safe. It is amazing to see our long term commitment to safety recognized by such an important organization. JBF has proven that you can shop secondhand and the items will be safe!” states, Kami Snowbarger, JBF Director of Product Safety and Recalls.
Although the U.S. government made it unlawful to sell recalled products in 2008, the threat of unknowingly purchasing such children’s products from a secondhand outlet still exists. KID conducted the study in order to help parents shop safely.
Additional KID recommendations for resale shoppers:
Check the products you intend to buy on the CPSC recall database and at https://www.saferproducts.gov/. Or use CPSC’s mobile app if you’re researching while at the shop or sale.
If buying a crib, purchase one that was made after June 28, 2011, so that it adheres to the world’s strongest testing standard. Check that all hardware is included, along with assembly instructions.
Even when buying secondhand, you can still register your products to get notification of recalls. Manufacturer registration info is here.
If purchasing furniture or TVs, request or purchase anchoring kits and install them to prevent tip-overs.