If your kids have been through the fidget spinner craze, they might be looking for the next big thing, which for some, might be toothpick crossbows.
These mini-weapons might seem like a good idea to a ten year old but it's all fun and games until someone gets one in the eye and that's that.
A bit of parental control required then.
But should they be banned from Trade Me?
These devices are legal to use and they can be legally imported into NZ.
Children cannot use Trade Me to purchase these items as you have to be over 18 to use the site.
Trade Me also allows the sale of conventional hunting crossbows through our hunting and shooting category.
Given this, Trade Me permits the sale of toothpick crossbows provided they are only listed in our Hunting & Shooting category and promoted responsibly.
This is a good opportunity to remind members of our policies around the sale of weapons on site.
You may not list weapons intended for attack purposes or any weapon, the possession of which would constitute a criminal offence under current New Zealand legislation.
Listings may not promote or imply violence. This includes describing (or implying) that an item can be used in fighting, security, military or combat scenarios, or that using it in self-defence may cause injury (for example a 'self-defence knife').
Trade Me reserves the right to remove any listing which it deems to be for an offensive weapon.
Read the full weapons policy.