You can find a number of great deals on sites like Craigslist, but you'll have to be careful. Not only are there scammers and counterfeit goods sold on the site, you'll also come across items that have been recalled by their original manufacturer.
It's not always done on purpose, but it does happen. Even if the items are being sold without knowledge of the recall, it is illegal to resell recalled items.
After Ikea recalled more than 36 million dressers back in June, U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission spokeswoman Patty Davis assured the Chicago Tribune that it works closely with online marketplaces like Craigslist and eBay to remove the illegal posts as they pop up. "If eBay and Craigslist don't catch something that's recalled for sale on their sites, we will," Davis said.
But even with the watchdogs keeping an eye on things, some items can slip through the cracks. With that being said, here's the latest batch of recalled items that could possibly pop up for sale on Craigslist. Keep an eye out for these items and whatever you do, don't buy them.
- Storybook four-drawer chest, sold on Walmart.com
- SpeeCo Fence wire stretchers
- Dennis East Whiskey Glass and Stone Sets
- Shocker RSX paintball markers/guns
- Kohler portable generators
- Flos Pendant light fixtures
- Brown Jordan Swivel Dining and Lounge Chairs, sold at Home Depot
- John Deere Lawn and garden tractors
- Bring Your Adventure (BYA) Sports hammocks
Before you buy anything on a site like Craigslist, you'll want to do your research. Sellers and buyers alike should always check and see if their items are up for recall before they post them. The full, constantly updated list is here.
Also, be sure to familiarize yourself with the 5 major red flags of a Craigslist scam to protect yourself against other Craigslist dangers.