Help us fight the CPSIA Law!!

Canada
January 8, 2009 11:45am CST
I cannot believe I have actually read this... It seems as though all americans are going to be spending a whole lot more for their kids in the coming years. I don't know if it is coming to Canada and if it does I will fight it every step of the way. NOONE should be forced to buy everything brand new for their kids especially when there are too many out there that cannot afford to. I hope people can stop this from happening. "For those of you who haven't heard yet, there is a new law called the CPSIA (Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act) that goes into effect on February 10, 2009. The intent of this law is very good; it is intended to guard against elevated lead levels in children's toys. However, it appears that the law was very hastily conceived and ENDS YOUR RIGHTS TO SELL YOUR OWN USED CHILDRENS ITEMS! It will be illegal to sell ANY items made for kids (clothing, books, toys, baby items, etc) after Feb 10, 2008. IT WILL BE ILLEGAL FOR YOU TO SELL YOUR USED CHILDRENS ITEMS THROUGH CONSIGNMENT SHOPS, ON EBAY, ON CRAIGSLIST, OR EVEN AT YOUR OWN YARD SALE!! USED CHILDREN'S ITEMS WILL BE CONSIDERED A "HAZERDOUS SUBSTANCE" AND WILL BE REQUIRED TO BE PUT INTO A LANDFILL. http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/play...25842&src=news Essentially, this law renders any children's product, that has not been specifically tested for lead, a "Federally Hazardous Substance" and illegal to sell. The law is written to apply "retroactively," which means that after Feb. 10, 2009 the selling of any used children's product that has not been specifically tested for lead will be a crime. This includes: consignment stores, thrift stores, ebay transactions, church yard sales, individual yard sales, even private individual transactions! It also affects all of you creative moms that have turned your handi-craft into a business by making bows, designing clothing, painting furniture, hand crafting toys and bibs.... none of these things can lawfully go to market without first absorbing the extreme expense of lead testing. You are free to sell these items if you have them tested -- but EACH item needs to be tested by a government approved third party which (they can run from $100 and up per item) The law has already been passed - we are just hoping with enough people getting together we can get it amended!! If it is not amended, all Children's consignment shops and Children's yearly consignment sales will need to shut their doors on Feb 9th or be in violation of the law." Here is a link where you can write to in protest. http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml What do you think about this law? Is it a good or bad thing? If you think it is a good thing in your opinion then is the cost of testing too much?
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@Ithink (10500)
• United States
9 Jan 09
I was in another discussion about this and this link was posted INFORMATION ONLY LINK http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09086.html Sounds like it means new clothes. I'm hoping so.
@Paula1966 (1102)
• United States
9 Jan 09
Ithink, ya beat me! LOL
@Ithink (10500)
• United States
9 Jan 09
rofl!
@Paula1966 (1102)
• United States
9 Jan 09
You have that cut and paste advantage. :)
@earthsong (589)
• United States
9 Jan 09
I have been looking in to this a great deal and it will not affect resellers. They will not be forced to test their clothing items. www.cpsc.gov/cpsppub/prerel/prhtml09/09086.html I hope that's right, I can't C&P here yet.
• Canada
10 Jan 09
You are right but as of the date that I posted they hadn't amended the law yet. They have changed it for resellers because of all the complaints they were getting.
• United States
10 Jan 09
Oh good, I'm glad you've heard! I know when I was first informed of the law everyone I know went nuts. 99% of the people I know buy second hand clothes through one source or another. I have four kids myself and I kept them in nice clothes by buying second hand and re-selling what they grew out of. It would be a shame if others lost out on that opportunity because some law made it impossible for re-sellers to afford to do so.
@singlemommy (2953)
• United States
9 Jan 09
I tried visiting the site but it says the URL was not found. Is there another URL that I can visit?
• Canada
9 Jan 09
Thats what someone else said too you can read the updated law here http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html
@Paula1966 (1102)
• United States
9 Jan 09
Please check out the following (nonreferral) link on the CPSC website. http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09086.html This is the agency responsible for enforcing CPSIA, and they are stating it does NOT apply to resellers of used clothing.
• Canada
9 Jan 09
Yea I just read that too. They ammended it just today
@suzzy3 (8357)
8 Jan 09
I have read this in disbelief is this true.You can only buy new clothes and baby equipment for you kids,that is so silly.I purchased many second hand items for my babies or had stuff given to me,I gave a lot of second hand stuff away to friends ,some I sold.All this stuff would have to go into landfil ,that is ridiculous as we are trying to cut back on waste and recycle everthing.Trying to cut our emmisions and now they are going to tell us to double them,this is stupid law and will never be able to be policed so I would not worry to much about it,as for haveing to pay $100 to find out if things are lead free is absurd.they have stopped using lead paint years ago they don't make lead toys anymore.They have not used lead for anything for years and it is probably the safest times to ever play with anything.This law will stop all the fun and fundraising will be taken out of the community and all the fun will go typical over reaction to a problem .We don't have this sort of law in England yet and lets hope it does not see the light of day.So if you buy a second hand toy for your child or a pair of pants you will be a criminal,I just cannot see it happening ,jumble sales in the middle of the night.Passing on second hand clothes down a dark alley,what a ridiculous law.
• Canada
9 Jan 09
From everything I have read, it seems they will be allowed to give the items away they just won't be able to sell them. The law is not here in canada and I hope they do not pass that law here.
• United States
8 Jan 09
wow that is a stupid law.I have never even heard of it.I dont sell children stuff but I do make ooak dolls which makes me wonder how that will go,because it is a childs toy but I dont sell them to children I sell them to adult collectors,wow as if the economy wasnt bad enough now.
• Canada
8 Jan 09
Hopefully you won't be affected. I think it is really stupid too. With everything that is going on with the reccession this seems a bit hasty.
@xbrendax (2668)
• United States
9 Jan 09
America is making me sick! Slowly but surely we are becoming a country like Hitler wanted! Who the hell is making up all these stupid laws anyway? Every day it's something new, you can't do this, you can't do that, and BIG BROTHER is for ever watching!
• Canada
9 Jan 09
The road to hell is paved with good intentions - right? Anyhow, I think the intentions are good but the results are going to be devastating for young families who either can't afford to buy new items or need to resell existing children's clothes, toys etc, in order to afford more stuff for their growing children. I feel bad for the consignment shops too.