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

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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 also closing because of CPSIA.

These aren’t businesses that want to poison kids. They aren’t businesses that use lead. They make baby clothes from organic fabric and other natural materials.

Again…how many businesses have to fail before you pick up the phone? See the picture above. Is that what you want your downtown to look like?

Appalling. Simply appalling.

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We have several vendors that sell kids stuff. Some are larger manufacturers that make t-shirts and pewter (lead-free) products. They probably won’t have as much of a problem but we also deal with several family run companies that print books and make craft kits. I doubt they can afford to stay in business under the new law.

We are contacting all our vendors to find out what they are going to be doing.

It is so frustrating that even vendors who make all their stuff here in the US (we don’t carry anything from China) are being subjected to rules that really only needed to be focused on Chinese products.

I have yet to hear about a US manufacturer or even one from South America creating poisonous products.

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There actually have been some US-manufactured recalls of toys and other products for kids, but as you’d suspect, they are few and far between compared to those from imported items.

I dont see a problem with the law conceptually and nor to most childrens product manufacturers and retailers – especially the homemade sector. The problem is the mechanism for testing and how severely it impacts the homemade / small lot / one of a kind (OOAK) manufacturer.

Component testing would go a long way to fixing it for small businesses like those, without weakening the law. A win-win for all concerned.

Permanent acceptance of XRF testing would help as well, but component testing is really the must-have item.

I agree with you, Mark. Safety requirements are good but the federal government really blew it on the implementation.

I am similarly unimpressed with the new federal laws for swimming pool drains. What business is it of the Federal government to regulate my hot tub? I agree that the current design can be unsafe and the deaths are tragic but if the federal government is going to start protecting us from every unsafe thing that results in under fifty deaths a year we are in big trouble.

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