Louisiana recently passed a law that, according to fleamarketzone, makes it "illegal for consumers to pay for second-hand goods with cash." The law itself clearly states:

The bill has obvious implications for used-game sellers like GameStop, ensuring that you won't be able to get cash back for used games (though the company already pushes hard for in-store credit), but also that you won't have the option of paying cash for those games either.

Obviously, the bill was put in place to curtail the sale of stolen goods, and to make it harder for criminals to profit off of illicit goods at flea markets and open markets, but does it go too far? Establishments that insist on continuing cash transactions "must obtain the seller?s personal information such as their name, address, driver?s license number, and the license plate number of the vehicle in which the goods were delivered. They must also make a detailed description of the item(s) purchased and submit this with the personal identification information of every transaction to the local policing authorities through electronic daily reports."

With so many extra steps, larger retailers may determine that it's just much easier to require card transactions for all trade-ins.


This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as Louisiana Outlaws Selling Used Goods for Cash