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Is it legal to sell an item or try to sell an item in public?

Los Angeles, CA |

For example showing something at the park or at a parking lot, or walking around with an item and telling people it's for sale if they ask about it. It wouldn't be a full blown operation but just a few personal items.

Is posting something on classifieds and meeting at starbucks ok?

Attorney Answers 3


  1. You likely need a permit to conduct business on the street


  2. You did not say what "personal items" or how many. It might make a difference. That sounds like street vending. Most ordinances require a license. Assume you do and check with the city clerk. If these personal items are fake merchandise, you have whole host of other potential problems.

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  3. Hi,

    It really will depend on what is in quesiton here. For example, in NY it is legal to sell used books without a vendors license (or at least it used to be). But other items like say accessories require a proper license and can only be done in certain areas.

    You can probably check yourself online at the LA County level.

    All the best,
    Frank
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