questionsdo you buy your buckyballs to eat?


As an adult. No. However if my niece got hold of them and swallowed them I'd be pretty f*cking devastated. I'm not sure banning them is the right thing to do, but they did it for Lawn Jarts, and the Slip and Slide, and the radioactive science lab that came with real uranium...

Just remember to not taunt the happy fun ball.


Got kids - all grown up now - and grandkids.

Where are the parents of these kids? Who keeps things small enough for little ones to swallow down where they can get to it?

I realize things happen (know that all too well), but I've seen where a kid seemed to have swallowed the entire set. Wouldn't you notice they were missing?


Who wouldn't?

I'm glad CPSC continues to protect us from ourselves by attempting to utterly destroy a small business whose greatest sins appear to be conforming with CPSC rules (and also accidentally selling to stupid people). Think about this, and think about whether you'd be happy to lose your job if you worked for the Buckyballs manufacturer.


I can understand the danger and the desire to keep people, particularly little people, safe, but banning the toys is just too much, in my opinion. There are many, many other things which hurt more people every year. Pocket knives, choking on grapes (I'm just guessing here), tripping over shoe laces, tripping over cats playing with your shoe laces (I once broke a toe and almost the cat that way), stuffing raisins up your nose (yes, I was that kid). No one is clamoring for the banning of any of those things.

Life is full of all sorts of hazards. Banning everything that might cause injury isn't the answer. Wrapping kids in bubble wrap won't do any good (cause something might be in the air hole you have to leave so they can breath, plus it would get sweaty). People need to accept that, take some responsibility, be careful and thank God (or whoever you care to thank) that modern medicine can fix most of the screw-ups that we get into.


"From 1999 to 2007 one study counted nearly 186,000 children, from newborns to 19-year-olds, who had been treated for firearm injuries. About 8,300 of those injuries proved fatal." But we love our guns. It would also be a bad idea for kids to swallow thumbtacks. Yet I am sure they have in the past. And thumb tacks haven't been banned. Neither have other small magnets. In fact, half the refrigerators in America are peppered with little magnets. I think the problem is that bucky balls are seen as a toy, and thus they are being banned as unsafe for kids while innumerable other equally dangerous and far ore common things are not. If I was this bucky balls company I would look into whether I have a cause of action against selective enforcement.


Heck yeah, but they're so rich I wouldn't eat more than one at a time. This ban makes me wish I had bought some because now there will be a black market for them!


Snacking on some right now, how'd you know?


i try to eat them, but they keep getting stuck to the frame of my glasses. damn you magnetic forces!


Looks like I may never get the chance :-(


It is imperative that we ban anything that could possible hurt less intelligent people. just last night i got stoned, and mistook a bag of cotton balls for marshmallows and damn near choked to death. Anyone know who i need to contact to get these deadly cotton "murder balls" taken off the market?


Freaking magnets, how do they work?


The Buckyball ban is an example of what can happen to a business that tries to provide a product and play by the rules. The government has stepped in, declared their product unsafe, and will likely bankrupt them. There will also be trial lawyers suing them for some percieved evil deed they are guilty of. An illegal business, say a heroin dealer, does not have this problem. The drug pusher does not care if their product is deemed unsafe, it gets sold anyway. No worries about social security, or health insurance, or paying any quarterly taxes. The legal business owner, on the other hand, is an easy target. His address is known, his phone numbers are known, his bank accounts are available. His business license can be pulled, his property chained. No wonder the underground economy is so huge.


@moondrake: That is funny I saw and had this same discussion. Matches, Guns and thumb tacks. The colored ones look like candy.

[Ralph Wiggum voice] This candy taste like hurty [/Ralph Wiggum voice]

@gideonfrost: Ya we talked about that too:


@inkycatz: In for one, will help get rid of that pesky metallic after taste!


@gt0163c: I am of the cynical opinion that wrapping the last crop of kids in bubble wrap is what has resulted in so many of them being such bubble heads. Trying things, getting hurt, and learning that you should not take stupid risks is just one of the important life lessons we are robbing kids of these days. So they grow up to take stupid risks (like texting while driving), and lacking the child's capacity to learn quickly from mistakes, they just keep right on taking stupid risks.


First they banned Lawn Darts. Then it was the Kinder Chocolate with the toys inside. Now BuckeyBalls. Why not ban fridge magnets? Or jacks? I damned near choked to death on a sour ball when I was 3. Maybe we should ban small hard candies. And rubber bands, because goodness knows you can shoot someone's eye out during a decent rubber band war. Extreme Croquet can break bones. No more wooden mallets for you. And what about Flintstone's vitamins? What happens if Little Cutie Pie decides to eat an entire jar of them?

Part of me understands the misguided notion of wrapping everyone up in cotton to prevent hurt. We poor humans just can't take care & responsibility for ourselves. /s

However, there's a dark corner of my soul that harbors the thought of "Darwin's Theory At Work."


@moondrake: I'll have to do some digging, but I believe a considerable percentage of the teens who had been treated for injuries from firearms had received them from illegally owned firearms or during the commission of a crime. This includes being shot by law enforcement officers.


You know how many kids went to the ER today due to a car accident? Nearly 700 across the US. And the sad fact is that 5 of them will die as a result. That is just Today, and only Children. But you don't see every automobile in the US being banned because it is unsafe for children, and 99% of the time the car isn't the one to blame, it is the operator. So why the heck is this treated differently? Because it is easier to pick on the little business doing so well? I don't know. It seems to me like this company has complied with every rule out there. But apparently a "keep away from children" warning isn't good enough. I guess if we want to be fair every company that makes an item that is dangerous for children should be shutdown as well.


@eraten: You're more likely to be killed in a car accident than by a gunshot wound, but gun legislation is so very very important... In fact, so important I'm going to text my congresscritter about it while weaving through rush hour traffic.


since 2008, there have been 200 reports of magnet ingestions. 20 are rare earth magnets. 12 of those were buckyballs. The same article quotes the head of the buckyball company as saying they've shipped over a half million magnets. There are 216 to a set. That's roughly 2.3 million sets (this is actually a low figure, since they sell some sets that are 125 magnets). 0.000005% of the bucky ball customers have eaten them. Isn't banning them because so few cannot be responsible a bit overreaching?


It's because of those orange ones that look like breath mints. Mine tasted more like chicken than orange. YMMV.


I keep my Buckyballs/Buckycubes at work & therefore out of reach of my children. I had just purchased two more sets from a Groupon deal the other day. After hearing about the ban, I logged-on to inquire about the status of my order. Turns out, this email is hot off the presses:

Hi There,
Thanks for purchasing our deal for Buckyballs or Buckycubes.

Unfortunately, due to concerns from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding the safety of this product, we've had to cancel this deal. For more information, please visit We know how disappointing it can be when a great deal is no longer available, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Rather than wait for a final resolution of any legal proceedings, we have decided to proactively issue you a full refund for the product. Please allow up to 10 business days for this to be reflected on your statement.


Groupon Customer Support


@xavoc: Slip n Slides are banned? I had no idea. I just bought my kids a Cars-themed thing that looks suspiciously like a slip n slide. I wonder how they can still sell it? It did have a lot of warnings on it...


I think the whole idea of these getting heat from the government is ridiculous beyond belief,
However, I do find a certain degree of amusement and irony around Buckyballs shouts about threats and intimidation considering that's exactly what they did to one of their competitors.


@tsfisch: Yep. People started breaking their necks/collar bones injuring their backs. I think newer versions tell you not to go head first, and end in an inflatable pool thing.


Parenting by legislation...

And why did an idiot teenager eat them? (read the article)


@bingo969: Wow I had no idea about that. How douchy of them.


Bucky did a good one for us and offered a code to get the Groupon deal on their site. I doubled my order and used their code. It was posted on here, bit it's since been deleted. I won't repost it because maybe it was Woot that deleted it?? I hope not.