Thursday, December 04, 2008

A Plea for Small Businesses

Come February 9, 2009 countless small businesses will have their means ripped away from them when the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) goes into effect.

It basically states that any product manufactured for children under 12 or that a child under 12 could come into contact with will have to be tested for lead. This isn't just the big companies, it is ANYBODY - people that sell on Ebay, Etsy, private webs ites, boutiques, wholesale, even craft fairs and garage sales. All of the charitable stores (Goodwill, Salvation Army) will not be able to re-sell any child related item. Educational materials will need to be tested. ANYTHING that a child 12 or under could come into contact with - clothes, soap, toys, books, etc. etc..

Only HUGE corporations will be able to comply. The little folks will be decimated. Seriously.

Below are some great and helpful links..please read them and lets get going on this!

Please help, this effects EVERY ONE.


Katy said...

This is terrible.

Ellen Seidman said...

Oh, wow, I hadn't heard about this. It sounds really draconian, and scary. Like, just what this economy needed. The first link didn't work for me. Is there some sort of online petition to sign?

Nowheymama said...

What???? This is crazy.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, what are you going to do?

I'm for writing members of Congress. They passed this law, when? bb

Stimey said...

Yikes. I don't like lead, but this seems a little bit hardcore. Pretty much anything "could come into contact with" a child under 12.