For the past two decades, antique cash-register operators have been fighting to regain their jobs and the rights to their products.
The owners of antique stores are fighting back, too, arguing that the new $2.99 prices for antique products like gold, silver, and jewelry are illegal.
They say the laws that have come into effect in the past year are unfair to people like them and will hurt their business.
In recent years, these owners have been able to take action against some of the harshest anti-vintage laws in the country.
“This is a huge issue,” said David Tilton, who runs a local antique shop called Tilton’s in Santa Ana, California.
“The industry has been in the spotlight for too long and they’ve really been left out of the conversation.
They have a voice and they’re not being heard.”
Tilton told Vice News that he is one of the owners of a business that was recently awarded a $15,000 settlement for being the victim of illegal anti-counterfeiting bills.
Tilton said the owners decided to fight back after receiving a letter from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
In the letter, the CPSC explained that the laws targeting antique products were meant to be used to target counterfeiters and that “the industry is well-funded by law enforcement, so the laws are not necessary.”
The CPSC also noted that Tilton and other owners of vintage stores have experienced a steep decline in sales in the last few years, leading them to seek an injunction against the new prices.
Tiltons attorney said the letter did not specify how much the owners would have to pay in order to win their case.
Tournaments are held every year to raise awareness for the industry, Tilton explained.
“It’s like a little competition and we’re bringing the old people and the kids together,” Tilton continued.
Tilton has already seen a decline in his business, as he said he has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in business. “
So the owners are saying, ‘Hey, we’re not fighting this with the law, we are fighting for our products and for their right to make money.'”
Tilton has already seen a decline in his business, as he said he has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in business.
He has been forced to lay off workers.
“I have to close my store and we have to cut back our staff, because we’ve been trying to get by with only a few employees,” Tiltos attorney said.
“We’ve been in a precarious situation and we’ve just had to take this case on.”
He added that his business has suffered from a lack of legal recourse and that the government is not doing enough to help them.
TLCs lawsuit against the CPSS is the latest in a long line of lawsuits filed by antique cash stores in the United States.
In December, the Consumer Products Safety Commission filed a complaint with the U