Handmade in Trouble?

It seem just like last week that more news was coming out of China about tainted products – toys, medicine, food – you name, it was probably contaminated.  Even supposedly American products manufactured in China where tainted with something nasty.

And Congress did finally do something about the toys (not food, which is something everyone uses, but hey).  The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), passed on July 31 2008 and signed into law by President Bush on August 14 2008. The Act makes it illegal to manufacture or sell toys, clothing and other items for children that do not meet the act’s testing and labeling requirements.

I first read about it here and then here. There is some more info on the business impacts (not just on makers of handmade toys) here.

I’m all for this law, which should tackle some manufacturing concerns by the big companies.   However, it leaves those small producers who manufacture toys with 100% all natural products out in the cold.  Even people who make 100% natural toys (or import them from Europe – where the standards have been much stricter for years) now have to comply. This means people who sell toys on Etsy or at craft fairs will have to comply.  This means you you get to pay $4000 per toy to a 3rd party testing lab to assure compliance with the CPSIA.

That’s a lot of money for the little guys.  And it’s not fair.  There is a movement out there to change this legislation.  You can read more and do something about it here.

Help Save Handmade Toys in the USA from the CPSIA

You may think you don’t need to care if you don’t have kids or buy any kid’s products or even make kid’s products.

But check this out: this post by Business is Personal is the most thought-provoking article on the issue. Check out his list of ‘reasons to care.’ Maybe you’ll find a reason to care…

I know I do – I love Etsy and love making toys for my niece…but what if I wanted to make a small side business selling them?  Under this new legislation – I –  and everyone else – can’t. Not unless we can afford the $4000 per toy testing required.  What a shame.


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