Making things to sell on eBay? Watch out for the law!

A Christmas campaign by trading standards officials found more than 80 people who make crafts at home who may have to stop trading unless they adapt to meet a raft of legislation.

Argyll and Bute Council’s trading standards team offer free advice to traders and are encouraging anyone considering starting up a new business to contact them.

A statement from the council said: “Small businesses producing crafts from home are sometimes unaware of the advice they are entitled to receive and have no knowledge of the safety regulations their products have to comply with.” These include

  • Textile Products (Labelling and Fibre Composition) Regulations 2012
  • Weights and Measures (Packaged Goods) Regulations 2006
  • The Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011
  • The Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations 2013
  • The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994

Over the festive period trading standards found over 80 businesses making products at home sell on Facebook, eBay and at markets and car boot sales. who did not have fixed business premises trading throughout Argyll.

“The team are currently working with them to give them the necessary advice and support so that they can continue trading,” said the statement.

The trading standards team say they are there to help out businesses – ensuring that they are comply with safety regulations and giving them advice.

If you are thinking of starting up a small business please contact trading standards on 01546 605519.

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