The Latest Casualty of Government Regulation: The Easy Bake Oven

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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.

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