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 […]

Two More Real Businesses. Profitable. Dead due to CPSIA.

photo credit: MobilFunk7 Today, baby clothier Whimsical Walney announced that they will be closing at the end of business on February 9, 2009 as a result of the impact of compliance with the CPSIA. Later in the day, the owner of Bella-Bambini, maker of elaborate but reasonably priced girls dresses, emailed to say they were […]

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 […]

Another product line falls to CPSIA

Learn more here: http://dappersnappers.blogspot.com/2009/01/plan-and-sale.html  How many small businesses have to fail or see their revenue fall before it impacts your business? I’ve only listed 2 so far, but there are many more. Pick up the phone and call your Senators, House rep and the CPSC.

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 […]

#CPSIA – Got a little Howard Beale in you?

That scene in Network where Howard Beale goes a little nuts pretty well describes my attitude regarding the CPSIA and those who continue to ignore it (and the calls to Washington about it). No, the clip isn’t G-rated, sorry. I realize this issue has pretty much pegged my blog-o-meter lately, but I ask you to think about […]