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Dec. 10th, 2008

12:48 pm - February 9: National Bankruptcy Day for Handmade Toy Makers

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Mark your calendars! Another example of the nanny state run amok:

….[Due to the lead paint scandal, Congress] passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) in August, 2008. Among other things, the CPSIA bans lead and phthalates in toys, mandates third-party testing and certification for all toys and requires toy makers to permanently label each toy with a date and batch number.

All of these changes will be fairly easy for large, multinational toy manufacturers to comply with. Large manufacturers who make thousands of units of each toy have very little incremental cost to pay for testing and update their molds to include batch labels.

For small American, Canadian, and European toymakers, however, the costs of mandatory testing will likely drive them out of business.

* A toymaker, for example, who makes wooden cars in his garage in Maine to supplement his income cannot afford the $4,000 fee per toy that testing labs are charging to assure compliance with the CPSIA.
* A work at home mom in Minnesota who makes dolls to sell at craft fairs must choose either to violate the law or cease operations.
* A small toy retailer in Vermont who imports wooden toys from Europe, which has long had stringent toy safety standards, must now pay for testing on every toy they import.
* And even the handful of larger toy makers who still employ workers in the United States face increased costs to comply with the CPSIA, even though American-made toys had nothing to do with the toy safety problems of 2007.

Ignore the anti-foreign jingoism, as their proposed changes to the law seem reasonable.

Via flutterby. More info at the National Bankruptcy Day alliance.

Original: craschworks - comments


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Date:December 10th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
I'm not against all regulation all the time but I swear it seems like in trying to solve one problem 3427 more are created.
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Date:December 11th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
Our collective obsession with 100% safety is expensive.

Just wait until they mandate bubble wrap clothes for kids under 18. Brought to you by the industrious lobbyists from bubble Wrap Co.
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Date:December 12th, 2008 10:09 am (UTC)
The fun part is that any politician who tries to point out the problem with this legislation is bound to blasted by opponents who will claim, "John Smith voted to repeal laws protecting our children from lead poisoning". Most people don't bother to delve enough to understand the ramifications of these laws and will vote based on a one-line summary.
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