My comment on the article: "As a crafter and maker of handmade goods myself, I completely agree with Marshal that the bill makes sense for the irresponsible huge companies who caused the problem in the first place, not for small companies or, especially, individual toymakers. This should not be a one-size-fits-all solution."
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Independent Toy Makers and the New Law
Minnesota Public Radio featured an excellent article on the so-called Consumer Product Improvement Safety Act here. This law will require all toy makers, from Hasbro to the one-person wood shop worker, to conduct expensive testing on toys they sell. Why does this fall to the independent crafter? It's gigantic companies who were importing inexpensive, lead-ridden garbage in the first place, and the law needs to focus on them. I love what PeaPods Natural Toys store owner Dan Marshal said about the law: "And the way this enforcement was put together, it makes sense for large companies, which were the ones making this problem in the first place. It doesn't make sense for small-batch companies."