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What are all the flaming-hoops? Answered

Say if I was to sell electronic objects invented by me or friends, that may or may to be functional or may or may not be artistic what are the laws/certification/inspections/flaming-hoops that I would have to clear first and what is that entire process like? Does anyone know? The FCC is one of them, and it pertains to whether your object will make planes fall out of the sky or turn off pacemakers dues to magnetic waves or unauthorized frequencies, correct? Who ensures that the objects won't catch on fire or melt into a caustic China Crisis goo? How you convince them of this? Who else do you want or need a rubber stamp from before you can sell your radio wave emitting blinky bug at the garage sale? Or your robo-fridge ("Is your fridge running? Better go catch it!") in your Etsy shop? What if it had a sim card? Any illumination on this would be invaluable!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

13 years ago

If they don't emit radio waves, and they don't real hot when you turn them on, and you don't sell them as toys, and you don't mass produce them, you probably only need to let the IRS know about any massive profits. You're probably best off calling your widgets "artistic installations", and calling any place you sell them from/through a gallery ("Silicon Gallery"?).

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watchingmachine
watchingmachine

Reply 13 years ago

Thanks, I will take that advice about "art" and "gallery" into consideration. That reminds me of the phrase, "For Novelty Only". In my case, if a component, say a bluetooth component, is already FCC okayed, then it doesn't matter if I don't get double FCC ok-dentials. I hope. Also I like the culture jamminess of jumping the hoops for the sake of a new DIY experience. If I had some money in my hand how would it be best to go about finding the obstacle course? Is it a huge expensive project, akin to filming a movie?