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CPSC issues “guidance” for thrift and resale shops re: CPSIA

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Earlier today, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a press release to clarify their intent regarding the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) as it relates to thrift stores, resale shops and the like.

The full press release can be found here, but the operative text is this:

The new law requires that domestic manufacturers and importers certify that childrenâ??s products made after February 10 meet all the new safety standards and the lead ban. Sellers of used childrenâ??s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not required to certify that those products meet the new lead limits, phthalates standard or new toy standards.

The new safety law does not require resellers to test childrenâ??s products in inventory for compliance with the lead limit before they are sold. However, resellers cannot sell childrenâ??s products that exceed the lead limit and therefore should avoid products that are likely to have lead content, unless they have testing or other information to indicate the products being sold have less than the new limit. Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties

Make note that thrift stores and resellers are not off the hook entirely, but that common sense changes were made to deal with a real world situation. Sort of.

Saying that old items aren’t subject to the law is one thing, until you turn around and say that the lead rules must still be obeyed. No one wants to be feeding kids lead with their Cocoa Krispies, but for once, it’d be nice if the CPSC would talk out of only one side of their mouth at a time.

Keep the pressure on, folks.

We still need to see better handling of the testing requirements for one of a kind (OOAK) and small lot manufacturers. Not to exempt them, simply to make their requirements fit their abilities rather than bankrupting them.


6 replies on “CPSC issues “guidance” for thrift and resale shops re: CPSIA”

The CPSC’s press release is basically an attempt to imply that shop owners become bootleggers. No different really from Prohibition.

Liquor was illegal, government mostly looked the other way ignoring the speak easy’s, but the cops could still arrest you and throw you in jail if the anti-liquor crowd made a stink to local law enforcement. Prohibition was repealed as we know – it took a little while.

Don’t you find it curious that not one of our state or federal officials have gone on TV in person to address the issue?

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@SaveKidsResale: No doubt about it. It’s a small improvement and better not be the last. Component testing/certification would have been a much better way to start to address the problem. Absolutely not surprised that no one has stepped out in front of a camera to talk about it – they’d have to actually be paying attention to CPSIA if they did that.

[…] CPSC issues â??guidanceâ? for thrift and resale shops re: CPSIA […]

Great question, Cynthia – maybe Mark has some ideas. 🙂 I’ve noticed within the blogsphere that inacurate headlines are now out there front and center – using the terms Resale Stores Exempt from law, etc. Even main stream media is promoting the fact that Resale stores are safe. That’s so far from the truth yet, it’s being propagated.

Additionally, I found that the momentum has dropped from the initial surge. That’s the most deflated feeling I’ve felt this week.

Debs last blog post..CPSIA creates huge unintended consequences.

Tis only sensible really. Old toys often contain a variety of harmful substances, anyone who sells them for a profit has to be liable. Just because its second hand doesnt mean that its safe for resale.
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