Are you a victim of Buckyballs? Have you become dependent on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to tell you what desk toys you can and can not have? No? Well too bad because the lamewads at CPSC have started a voluntary recall of Buckyballs and Buckycubes, a voluntary recall. This isn’t your standard manufacturer recall where the company says “Hey there’s a problem with our product, return it immediately”, no this is some bored with his job asshole trying to financially entice geeks to turn on the magnet maker.
It’s not good enough that Buckyballs folded a couple years back (although they’ve since rebranded as Liberty Balls), no they want you to force money out Craig Zucker (founder of Buckyballs) in this ridiculous settlement that the CPSC snatched against him. Geeks who return their Buckyballs are taking money back from Zucker and they’re saying “You know we’re really too stupid to play with toys, we need the government to tell us what to do with them”. All under the guise of protecting kids who were never the marketed audience.
I urge every geek that gets these emails to write the CPSC that they refuse the terms of the settlement and will not be returning their Buckyballs and\or Buckycubes. Keep those glorious, wonderful miracles and play with them! I have a set, my cohort has a set and we love them. We love Buckyballs and still support them! Want to support Zucker? Buy a fresh set of Liberty Balls at his site and show the CPSC what the what!
For those interested, the full emailed is copied below:
Dear Buckyballs Customer,
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing the voluntary recall of all Buckyballs and Buckycubes high-powered magnets. The CPSC warns that these products contain defects in the design, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury and death to children and teenagers.
Reason for the Recall
From 2009 to the present, the CPSC received numerous incident reports of ingestions involving Buckyballs and Buckycubes, many of which required surgery. The recall is intended to protect children and teenagers from the risk of injury that can occur when more than one magnet is ingested. For more information about the CPSC action, please visit: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/
Description of the Product
Buckyballs and Buckycubes consist of sets of numerous, small, high-powered magnets. These sets vary in the number of magnets included and come in a variety of colors. Individual magnets in the set are about 5 millimeters in diameter. Individual magnets in Buckyballs are spherical and individual magnets in Buckycubes are cube-shaped.
About 2.5 million sets of Buckyballs and Buckycubes have been sold in retail stores nationwide and online since 2009.
How to Receive a Refund
The CPSC urges you to stop using the product immediately and return it for a refund. Any Buckyballs or Buckycubes that are not returned as part of this recall should be safely disposed of to prevent any risk of injury.
To receive a refund, visit the recall website at www.buckyballsrecall.com or contact the Recall Administrator at 1-866-905-8102.
ALL CLAIMS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE January 17, 2015. Claims submitted by this deadline will be paid as they are received only until funds are exhausted, so please submit your claim right away.
Consumers who provide proof of purchase in the form of a signed proof of claim form or a receipt stating that the products were purchased in the United States and return the products to the Recall Administrator shall receive a refund no greater than the purchase price, plus a reasonable allowance for shipping by standard U.S. First Class Mail.