I found a virgn, new in the box, unused set of lawn darts (JARTS) and thinking how popular they are as a collectible I spent some time taking pics and prepping the listing, only to have eBay tell me that I couldn’t list it and if I tried I might get my account “reviewed”.
I looked for Jarts on eBay about a month ago…THere were lots of them for sale. But they all said something along the lines of being “collectors items” only…“not for use”. (I haven’t looked again though to verify if they were still there…sorry…I’m lazy).
So what makes this dangerous? Is the purpose to strike your opponent with one? I can’t think of another reason why they should be banned.
Jeeze, I practice historical martial arts which includes sparring and practicing tecnique with blunted and sharp steel swords. Obviously not the kind of thing kids should be involved with, will they outlaw swords too?
Perhaps in the future you’ll have more luck if you don’t draw attention to the fact that the product you’re selling has the capacity to put peoples’ eyes out. That’s what stood out to me when I read the description you posted on Ebay, anyway.
It’s so stupid that they ban things because dumbass kids get hurt using them irresponsibly, or because stupid people insist on playing near kids. It’s the same argument made by people insisting on handgun bans because children “accidentally” shoot their friends. A lot of dumbass kids are out there who have been raised on retarded TV shows, don’t know how to read, think Power Rangers are real and think that a pretend Superman cape will make them fly; these kids should not be allowed to play with lawn darts. Furthermore people shouldn’t be throwing these things while little kids are running around on the lawn in front of them.
Christ Almighty, when will people get some common sense? We live in a country where there are warning labels on every damn thing because some ASSHOLE out there hurt himself sticking a curling iron up his ass and takes it upon himself to sue the company that made it, thereby forcing them to treat all consumers like idiots and put warning labels all over everything. It’s enough to make me want to move to the goddam sahara desert.
My WAG is that the illegality is selling them as toys. The same as selling a toy car painted with lead paint would be illegal, but selling an antique diecast car in the same paint at an antique fair is legal.
And although obvioulsy with tongue-in-cheek, the OP did describe the objects as potentially dangerous. That’d be enough for the eBay legal boys to have a heart attack if legal action occured.
They are dangerous because the whole idea is that you’re meant to throw them quite a long distance on a high trajectory, leaving ample time for some hapless bystander to position himself in the path; because they come more or less straight down, most injuries are going to be head injuries and serious ones at that. I take it that when you practice your swordplay, your opponent is at least aware of the potential for danger.
People look around themselves, but they don’t look up a lot; they’d be more likely to spot someone practicing archery (or spot the target, if there was one), than they would notice a silent dart falling from almost directly above them.
There’s also standard procedures for any respectable archer, to ensure the neighbour’s kid doesn’t wander into the danger zone, which are hammered into anybody in their first archery class (or at least should be). I doubt comparable guidelines exist for Jarts.
I’m confident that these things would be classifiable as dangerous/offensive weapons in many places.