Have you sent your comments regarding component testing to the CPSC yet? The American Apparel and Footwear Association has made it easy for you to submit this important information with pre-written text that can be sent directly to the CPSC with the click of a button. You can of course edit the text if you have the time. Visit this page today, before it's too late. http://capwiz.com/americanapparel/issues/alert/?alertid=12525486 Your comments could make a huge difference, saving the livelihood of many thousands of Americans. Pass it on!
And also of note, today has been deemed CPSIA Blog-in Day by some ingenious Etsy sellers. Find out more here, and blog today about the CPSIA- http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6013238
I just learned from an Etsy seller, about an exciting event taking BLOGGERS UNITE - WEDNESDAY 28 JANUARY - CPSIA BLOG-IN read more here-
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Important Message From Fellow Small Business Owner, Teri of Giddy Giddy & Kuku Nest:
There's currently a war going on between congress and CPSC which is causing INACTION.
Waxman and Rush created CPSIA and authorized CPSC to interpret it. After the very recent backlash from his constituents, Waxman responded by writing the letter to NORD (See letter here- http://tinyurl.com/7jphem). Please read it. It details the various recommendations that might save your business!
Still, CPSC (Nancy Nord and Thomas Moore) feel as if their hands are completely tied and are still not able to APPLY the recommendations without more direction/authority/money.
There are two things you can do and it is urgent you do them soon and frequently because meetings are taking place now and your input and action are necessary.
First, please contact Nancy Nord and Thomas Hill Moore of CPSC and let them know you are very much aware of the Waxman/Rush recommendations (Jan 16) that they've been asked to implement immediately. This sends the message loud and clear that they are now accountable. This message is so important because their response has been that they have no authority to change anything. Stress that their very commission (CPSC) has been given FULL Authority to make these necessary changes - it says so in this letter! Ask what they are doing about this! When will we see clarification and changes??!!
While you're at it, demand that they allow XRF testing or component testing to qualify after August 2009!!!
I've provided phone/fax and email link. Use ALL THREE!!! Cut and paste parts of the waxman letter. If you're really lazy, fax them the above letter and underline parts you want them to address.
Nancy Nord & Thomas Hill Moore
fax: 301 504 0121
THE second task is to CALL/EMAIL/FAX Waxman and Bobby Rush. They proudly passed and defended this unreasonable legislation. And now that they've written this letter to CPSC, they feel they can wash their hands of this mess. But it is important that we call these two and let them know that THEY ARE ultimately responsible from this bill. The Commission CANNOT undo the law without their direct involvement.
(202) 225-3976 (phone)DC
(202) 225-4099 (fax)DC
(323) 651-1040 (phone)LA
(818) 878-7400 (phone)LA
(310) 652-3095 (phone) LA
(323) 655-0502 (fax)
2416 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
I've emailed this short letter to my Senators and Representative, here in Vermont. Please consider doing the same in your state, and feel free to use this as a guide:
Dear Senator Sanders:
Today a letter asking for a delay on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act was sent by Energy and Commerce Members Joe Barton and George Radanovich, to Henry Waxman. This letter echoes my concerns about the economic impact the CPSIA will have on the United States, and the fact that unlike the various "bail-outs," allowing more time for the CPSIA to be properly implemented would be free of charge, and save thousands of businesses in one fell swoop.
Please read this ground-breaking letter on my blog here-
Vermont's WCAX has reported on another segment of the children's industry affected by CPSIA- thrift stores. I'm glad to see that reporter Kate Duffy has mentioned the dilemma faced by stores who are given permission to sell against the law, but still held liable.
(Click Images of Letter -page 1 and 2- above to enlarge)
This ground-breaking letter was submitted today, by members of Committee on Energy and Commerce, to Henry Waxman and Bobby Rush, asking for a delay in imposition of CPSIA. I want to stress again that our voices are being heard, as evidenced by this piece of news! But, changes haven't been made yet, and we need to keep up the letters, phone calls, and emails until this happens.
As of this writing, there are over 800 Etsy listings at special 'CPSIA Certified Prices.' Take a look here-
or this shorter link here- http://tinyurl.com/7lmg5h
Let's educate our government about the true costs small businesses face with CPSIA testing. Email the following Etsy listing (or one of your choice from the URL above) to all of the lawmakers below. Make sure it's the full listing, not just a link. You can bet they'll take notice, especially if we all encourage everyone we know to do the same. Let's slam them with the truth!
Email Subject: Look how expensive this bib & blanket set is
CPSIA Sale -- Giraffe Bib, Burper and Blanket from the Baby Boss Serengeti Collection $4,620
Baby Boss takes its role as a responsible corporate citizen very
seriously, and we strive to provide items that are not only stylish, but are also safe for your little ones to use. Although we have never been given any reason to believe any of the items we sell are harmful, Congress is under the impression that ALL children's items are toxic until proven otherwise. Therefore, we now offer products that are fully compliant with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.
We realize the price is a bit off-putting, but please allow us to explain. According to the regulations outlined in the CPSIA, each component in each piece we produce must be tested individually for lead and phthalates by a third party lab. On average, lead testing costs $70 per component and phthalate testing runs $350 per component. The Serengeti Collection contains three items, or a total of eleven components, so, well, you do
In the spirit of generosity during these extraordinarily harsh economic times, shipping on this item will be complimentary.
Cut and paste your own (or any) Etsy 'CPSIA Special' and send it over to our friends in the Government. They need to know the real cost of doing business as a micro business under the CPSIA!
MToro@cpsc.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
A comment by Charlotte Reppy via:
Enforcement is a joke. Have any of you ever endured an inspection by the CPSC police? I was paid two visits by their kind folks when one of my friendly competititors turned me in for selling custom made cotton nightgowns that were primarily sold to little girls who were dancing the part of Clara in the Nutcracker Suite ballet. (Others were sold to parents for their children to ride Polar Express trains and for Christmas Card portraits. (http://www.grammies-attic.com/new-nannys-touch-white-cotton-nightgown-with-white-eyelet-trim.html) None were sold as sleepwear.) CPSC hauled away $1000 of beautiful gowns, not mass made in some lead-laden China sweatshop, but each individually sewn by a US seamstress sitting at her sewing machine using a vintage pattern. Three years later, the case has never been resolved, so I am still subject to product recall, fines, and imprisonment for violating flammability standards.
Now I’m sitting on $150,000 of uncertified inventory, most of which is cotton and linen christening apparel. By the way, I’m 5 miles away from CPSC headquarters. Guess who is going to be the first one visited on February 10? Anyone know where I can get some yellow Police Hazard tape to mark off all the “Hazardous Waste” that I can’t sell in my store?