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The Latest Casualty of Government Regulation: The Easy Bake Oven


That’s right folks, something as mundane as a popular, and long lived children’s toy is apparently the victim of the government’s light bulb ban.  The Blaze has the coverage…

The latest version of the famous toy oven first marketed in 1963 with a carrying handle and a fake stove top is now all curves and purple and snazzy graphics. And — perhaps most shocking of all — it comes with a new instruction: No light bulb necessary.

Chalk it up as an unintended consequence of the federal government’s move to phase out the incandescent light bulb. The compact fluorescents that are becoming the new standard for household use are so energy efficient that they’re useless in baking a brownie — or any of the other miniature treats the Easy-Bake has been cooking up for nearly 50 years.

So, while it hasn’t gone away, it has changed.  And there is another consequence of that change…

About the size of a big bread box, the Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven is clearly designed to fit on any kitchen counter, assuming a parent is willing to shell out $49.99, a steep hike from the last model’s price tag of $29.99.

So, why talk about a toy?  In this case, as in so many others, big government decided that something needed to be done-for our own good, mind you, and as a result, things cost more.  We needed to change cars, and they’re more expensive.  We needed to change power generation, and it’s more expensive.  We needed reformulated gas, and won’t expand production, so it’s more expensive.  We needed to provide medical care to people, and it’s more expensive.  Even a toy was affected, and while it wasn’t the target of the regulation,  the law of unintended consequences struck, as it does every day.

The lesson is clear, government regulation makes things more expensive, and even the Easy Bake Oven isn’t immune.  And, if toys will be more expensive, what won’t be?

By the way, if you have a kiddo, and would like to purchase a Easy Bake Oven, there are at least two sources in the side bar from whom to purchase it.  Just saying.

  • Exactly Matt, people might not feel that this is a big issue but it is another example of what happens when the government passes nanny state laws. Every time the government sticks it nose in something we can expect more money to end up coming out of our pockets.

  • As James Delingpole said, “alternative energy” is just that: an alternative to energy.

  • Let’s take the whole insanity to an even higher level. The earth will be here all nice and green, yet humanity will have slipped away into oblivion from mercury poisoning. It all reminds me of the 1993 Sylvester Stallone/Sandra Bullock movie called the Demolitian Man and it’s evil villian Dr. Cocteau. Obama and all the socialists in Washington combined make up the character Dr. Cocteau, yet in a more sinister way – it is real life.

  • You can take my easy bake oven, but you can’t take my FREEDOM!

    I think Mel Gibson said that in braveheart.

  • I am surprised that we are “allowed” to have the thing at all. It must put out one hell of a carbon footprint!!

  • I suppose we will soon have more expensive toasters that are unable to burn toast. I happen to like burnt toast. Oh, well…

  • Don

    Egads! I only hope they leave the Slinky alone…

  • I didn’t have this oven when I was a child. Perhaps that’s why I now struggle with the task of cooking today.