Right To Sell Your Stuff
by Claire Wolfe
Is your right
to sell your very own used stuff in peril?
Consumer Confidential says:
the U.S. Supreme Courts busy agenda this fall is a little-known
case that could upend your ability to resell everything from your
grandmothers antique furniture to your iPhone 4.
The short version:
In the U.S. courts have long recognized that once we buy something
whether its a Van Gogh painting or a Toyota
its ours and we can re-sell it.
Not so in some
other parts of the world or at least not without paying obeisance
to the original maker. And now one more attempt is being made to
impose other peoples laws on us. So potentially, if your car
has Japanese parts or you bought that dress on a trip to Italy,
it might become illegal to re-sell it.
If Ms. Waters
is right, and the Nazgul do their frequently statist thing, we could
technically lose The All-American Garage Sale. Or eBay. Or Craigslist.
perhaps even gun trading?
stop a second. And give a hearty, insouciant Freedom
Outlaw laugh (once again) to the arrogance of Our Rulers.
get some practicalities out of the way before we continue slapping
our thighs in contemptful, Outlaw glee.
just might choose to find against statism this time. If the Nazgul
rule bad, Congress could afterward choose to restore Our Right to
eBay via legislation.
But no matter
what they do, if it hinders us from selling our stuff its
just chaos-causing nonsense.
diktat a couple of years back that was going to prevent anybody
from selling used kids clothes, toys, blankies, etc.? (Might contain
lead, you know.) It stunk. It also got
howled down by an angry public. Oh, sorry. I mean the ruling
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Copyright 2012 Claire Wolfe