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Idaho law: Sell the first guy all the Wii's

Did you know that it was illegal – a misdemeanor – for any Idaho retailer to limit the quantity of a particular item to be sold to a customer, to any number lower than the entire number the retailer has? I sure didn’t. Apparently, no one in Idaho retail did, either, judging by all the “limit three at this price” and “one per customer” sales we routinely see. Turns out, Idaho’s “Unfair Sales Act” makes that strictly illegal. “This law was imposed in the ‘60s and hasn’t been enforced for the last two decades,” freshman Sen. Melinda Smyser, R-Parma, told the Senate this morning. The Idaho Retailers Association noticed the law last year when there was a rice shortage, and proposed SB 1126 to repeal it. Today, the bill passed the Senate unanimously, 35-0; it now moves to the House.

 




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