Legislation hastily passed by an overzealous Congress regarding children’s product safety threatens to shutter the vitality of a large portion of the p2p e-commerce community. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) requires all manufacturers who create items for children 12 and under to submit their products for individual testing for safety.
The law is a response to the Chinese lead in toy fiasco, but it also means that the seventeen year old girl who knits custom-made kids’ hats for sale on Etsy now needs to submit her $10 “product” for testing. For small scale crafters and traders, the thousands of dollars required for testing will simply put them out of business. [Never mind the VAST waste the law will induce by requiring EVERY toy on the shelves to be pulled and tested or else thrown into the landfill]. For more on the effects that Congress failed to foresee, see HERE and HERE.
Today crafters at Etsy and other markets are hosting a CPSIA Blog-In. We lend our support.
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