I, for one, am very disappointed in Amazon's decision to stop selling Buckyballs. The product's company has gone well above and beyond their due diligence in terms of providing adequate warnings for proper use. This arbitrary attempt to have them outlawed sets a disturbing precedent for all products that can be harmful if misused. It's bad for commerce, and therefore Amazon. Thoughts?
Oops, sorry, I started a thread about this, too. I didn't see this one.
There are many magnetic toys targeted to both children and adults. Are the companies who sell them going to have to redesign them so they can't be swallowed? Does this mean hot dogs should be outlawed?
Again, government intervention to "help" the irresponsible. The box has plenty of warnings on it. And besides who is stupid enough to get OR even mimic a tongue earring?? Seriously. I bow my head in shame that we have no common sense left.
CPSC is "actually suing the firm to stop sale and to issue a recall of the product." Which means, Buckyballs isn't banned quite yet. However, the CPSC is still moving forward with a lawsuit that is seeking a stop-sale of Buckyballs (its first stop-sale in 11 years). You can still purchase them directly from their website.
"Box has plenty of warnings on it". Yeah, but two-year-olds can't read. These things look like candy to a two-year-old. Swallowed, these things can kill. If you buy these, can you personally guarantee that no two-year-old will stumble upon them and try to eat them? There are plenty of other dangerous toys that have been taken off the market, they're not depriving anybody of any rights. I have a granddaughter, it will be my choice not to buy them or have them in my home. Good grief, the CPSC only has the best interests of children in mind, to save their precious lives. Why is that so bad?
Congratulations, Amazon. Small, powerful magnets have been harming young children and teenagers for years. Targeting only public awareness has not worked. Ask the pediatricians and surgeons who have treated the injuries.
I love these things and I wish I had found this discussion earlier. Groupon just had an offer for Buckyballs for $15 bucks or $18 if you got color. They were half off and they sold over 25,000 units. Amazon and others may have stopped selling them but they definitely made up for it by offering them on Groupons. If they have the offer again I will attach the link.
I love my Buckyballs too. I have a set in my office, and people kept playing with them so every few weeks I bought another set for another co-worker. I think I bought about 10 sets so far. They still have them at the Buckyballs website, but they are expensive there. :(
To KE: "...who is stupid enough to get OR even mimic a tongue earring?? " Clearly, you don't work in a middle school. I've taken them away from the kids who DO have them on their tongues, lips, etc. and explain to them why not to do it. How I notice they are the magnets and not real piercings? Kids say, "Ow these magnets really hurt!" And yet, they do it. As to reading the package insert? Nope, they don't do that. Nor do the parents. And yes, I know that this reply is a grammatical disaster, and I choose to let it slide!
I have purchased the other colors. I can't say that I tasted them though, so I can't give much feedback there. :D Personally, I would not purchase the other colors - the color rubs off on your hands and after playing with them long enough, they were just like the silver ones.
I do play with mine every day while on conference calls. It keeps me focused, and not reading emails, checking texts, etc.