Here's a scenario that gives molders (and OEMs) an ulcer: A toy molder shipped out a tool out to be reconditioned, and someone ended up trying to sell it. Cast-a-Way Toys LLC of Shawnee, Kan., wrote about the experience on its blog, and Action Figure Insider picked up the report -- where it was spotted by Plastics News senior reporter Frank Esposito. "On April 19th moulds and tooling owned by Cast-a-Way Toys was offered for sale from unauthorized agents in China and Singapore," the company's David Lee wrote. "Cast-a-Way Toys was miraculously made aware of this attempt by two separate, highly trusted and, successful toy companies here in the United States. "When questioned about the attempted sale, the management company, whom Cast-a-Way Toys had previously authorized to move their moulds, admitted to this attempted sale. The reasoning was for the recuperation of costs of mould conditioning and cost associated with production." Now Cast-a-Way is concerned that someone may have molded toys with the tools while they were out of the company's control. So the company is using the blog to let toy makers and molders know that any attempted sale is not authorized. I don't know the legal details behind the dispute, but it's interesting that this company is using soclal media tools to alert others to the problem.
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