Unintended consequences from trying to ‘do good’

Overlawyered describes what has happened to Thrift stores, the day after the CPSIA has taken effect to save children from hazardous substances.

One presumably unintended consequence will be to deprive nonprofit community and religious groups of millions of dollars in revenue with which they had pursued worthy causes.

Rather than invest in expensive testing procedures and staffing to handle the paperwork, many stores that used to provide inexpensive second hand children’s clothing have dropped that line. That ripples out to the thrift savvy parent who will now need to spend more on clothing and toys and have less for other things.

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