Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Good things don't have to end

That's the title of the treasury I just curated.

Here's a screen shot, for when the link expires:

The CPSIA is threatening not only small businesses who produce children's items, but as I mentioned in my previous article, it also puts vintage sellers and thrift stores out of the children's business as well.

Imagine in today's economy having no option but to spend full price for baby and children's clothing and toys while you are unemployed or on reduced hours. And imagine all the items that will end up in dumpsters and landfills, treasures from the past and pieces that could become treasures in the future, because they can't be legally resold anymore.

The theory behind the act is a good one, but the legislation is overly broad in scope and contradictory in its own text. We do need to regulate imported goods, I agree, but we need to do so in a way that controls those who are violating safety regulations, and not at the expense of a whole industry.

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