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Will Yard Sales Soon Be Illegal?

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The US Supreme Court is considering a decision that could ban online selling websites like eBay and craigslist, and even your traditional yard and garage sales.

In a lower court case, a judge said a business can only get paid one time for a product, and the customer can sell it later and keep the money. But if the Supreme Court disagrees with that ruling, that could reverse the US law of the "first sale" principle that's more than 100 years old.

James Van Newkirk says, "I really go to yard sales a lot more because it's one of those things where I don't want to waste money as much. So yeah, I like garage sales, they really come in handy. I thank the people who get out there and do it, instead of just throwing their clothes or possessions away."

Payson Reese, Promoter of the Magic Valley Flea Market says, "We get a large reception. People are excited to see the flea market come to town, because they can come shop all day, find some great items, some fantabulous food, and have some fun."

Oct. 11, 2012.


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