What is ETSY doing about the CPSC deadline on Feb 10th, 2009?

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by 'this' I meant my post itself.

Posted at 6:03pm Dec 1, 2008 EST

Sorry... I didn't mean to sound like I was jumping on you. Friends?

Posted at 6:04pm Dec 1, 2008 EST

No, at first I didn't think about it, but then I thought maybe you were annoyed at me, and thought oh I wrote things wrong again. so I guess we can be friends if I remember to write things correctly then.

Posted at 6:05pm Dec 1, 2008 EST

briaberger says

This seems like it's designed to hurt small businesses.

Posted at 6:13pm Dec 1, 2008 EST

That's what I want this thread to do--raise awareness of this legislation (since it really hasn't been discussed on etsy that I can find) and to make sure we protect and defend the handmade community. We don't have much time to make a lot of noise but that's what has to be done in order to get this law rewritten or at least postponed.

So far the handmade toy community and soft baby-carrier-making community are up in arms but I have yet to see an organized effort from etsians, artists and crafters. Please read this article--it sums up the situation very well: www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/national-bankruptcy-day/ for those who are just catching up this evening.

Posted at 6:42pm Dec 1, 2008 EST

i read a thread a month or so ago hear that posted a link to the legislation, and it wasnt something that most had to worry about...anyone else remember that thread ?

Posted at 6:43pm Dec 1, 2008 EST

It is now. Many have misread the legislation and it is only now being understand to affect every single manufacturer of childrens' goods as CPSC responses to inquiries come to light.

Here is a quote from the Certificates of Compliance www.cpsc.gov/businfo/frnotices/fr09/certification.html
"The Commission is also designating the
domestic manufacturer as the sole entity that must issue the
certificate required by section 14(a) in the case of a domestically
produced product. This certificate must be available to the Commission
upon request before the product or shipment is introduced into domestic
commerce.
"

WE are domestic manufacturers. Doesn't matter if we do wholesale or resale or direct or whatever. We are still the manufacturers. WE must be able to provide certification of compliance with lead testing by Feb 10th or pull our products off the market. This certification can ONLY come from a CPSC-certified third-party laboratory. All substrates of your products in all iterations must be tested (and yes, fabric is a substrate).

As for appeals to the CPSC, read the second paragraph of this response letter. It unfortunately states their position very clearly: www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/advisory/320.pdf

People, we are in big trouble.

Posted at 10:34pm Dec 1, 2008 EST

meitaibaby says

I just want to call attention to the aspect of the issue raised here: www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/cpsia-unit-vs-component-testing/ Folks, this means that you can't assume that because you're using mainstream fabrics from a large, well-known company that you're somehow covered. Amy Butler and Michael Miller will not save you. The legislation says YOU-YES-YOU must also provide documentation on 3rd-party lead testing that YOU'VE had done, on EVERY iteration of your product. And estimates for testing are over $100 PER TEST. And just as in the wooden toy example here: www.challengeandfun.typepad.com/, unit testing means a separate test for your twirl skirt AND your twirl dress, long leeve version AND short sleeve version (for example) because they're different products, even though they're made from the exact same materials.

We're not going Chicken Little on you here, people. This isn't an "other guy" issue. This isn't just wholesalers or importers or big-volume sellers. As written, this applies TO YOU AND ME. Yes, the little guys. The craft-fair sellers. The artisans. If you do not comply with the new regulations, you will be in violation of the law and will be selling illegally. Plus, the law is is retroactive to cover goods created before the law takes effect. Everything you have made, are making, or plan to make MUST BE tested or it CAN NOT be legally sold. We MUST be proactive and let our representatives know that the law as written is dangerous. If not, there will be a lot of a) new felons as of Feb. 10 or b) a lot of bankrupt businesses on that day. Yes, it's likely that you won't get caught. But if you do, the fines (as I understand them) are in the 5-digit range. Can you afford that? Neither can I. The artisan community needs to be VOCAL in calling attention to this issue.

Posted at 11:31pm Dec 1, 2008 EST

Nicely said meitaibaby!

Posted at 11:39pm Dec 1, 2008 EST

meitaibaby says

Oh, and I just wanted to add that if you're thinking to yourself, "That can't be right, it's absolutely insane!" Then you're right where I was not too long ago. It IS *inconceivably* insane. The regulations are madness. But legislators are embracing them since the goal - protecting children - is obviously something everyone can get behind. I think they honestly just don't understand the implications of what they're proposing ... and that's where we come in.

If you still think none of this will apply to you, PLEASE take a few minutes to research just a little bit. I didn't think it applied to me either, and I was horribly wrong.

Posted at 11:51pm Dec 1, 2008 EST