Have any of you ever endured an inspection by the CPSC police?

photo credit: jglsongs Someone posted this on the site today as a comment but I think it’s worthy of a post of its own. This comment came from Charlotte Reppy, of Grammies Attic in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Enforcement is a joke. Have any of you ever endured an inspection by the CPSC police? I was paid […]

CPSC’s Vallese interview review re: CPSIA

photo credit: Brian Forbes Tonight I managed to get around to looking at the raw footage of CPSC spokesperson Vallese’s interview with KBAL (Baltimore) regarding the CPSIA. The reporter did a nice job of trying to pin her down on specific issues. It was a shame that the interview ended without a discussion of component […]

6 month old raises awareness for CPSIA

Over Christmas, my grandpa told me all about the CPSIA. Big people probably know it as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Do you have any idea how long it took me to learn to say that without messing it up? Those are big words for a 6 month old, even a cute one like […]

Comment period on Component Testing for CPSIA

The CPSC has opened a comment period for component testing (as opposed to testing each variation of a final product). For details, see the pdf here: http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/componentpartscomments.pdf On the surface, this seems like a much better solution for small, homemade product designers. But, it isn’t as simple as it seems. Most importantly, it might allow […]

Forging ahead despite the CPSIA

photo credit: hans s This week, a series of #CPSIA posts about what to do next and how to get the word out to other manufacturers, retailers, the media in your area and perhaps most importantly – to your elected officials. If you want to forge ahead with your homemade products business despite CPSIA, then […]

Are your testimonials illegal? Will they be?

photo credit: Steven Fernandez Even if you aren’t using REAL testimonials in your ads, you should be. I believe we’ve talked about that a few times. If you are using testimonials (again, you should be – I can’t nag about that enough), then you might be interested in some changes that the FTC is considering. […]