Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Update on Upcoming Ban on Reselling Children's Items

Again, courtesy of BabyCheapskate:

Mariel, who runs a twins club, wrote me to say that her club contacted the legislative clerk for the Consumer Trade and Consumer Protection sub committee and was told that under the CPSIA they will be allowed to have third-party sales such as their yard sales. Looks like consignments sales and yard sales may be okay. I'm looking forward to seeing an official public announcement on the matter.

In a recent post here on BC a reader also comments that her local Freecycle group sent out an email telling members that gifting on Freecycle will still be allowed.
Also, in the comments, an anonymous reader posted several ways to try to help change this new bill:

What can you do?
1) Email or call the CPSIA - the office of the CPSC ombudsman 888-531-9070.

Comments on Component Parts Testing accepted through January 30, 2009.

2) Email or snail mail your representatives.

3) Call your representatives. For their contact information just enter your zip code.

4) Make your voice heard by voting on this issue. The top 3 in each category will be presented to President-elect Obama.

5) Sign the petition.

6) Spread the word! Write about this on your blog. Tell others about this issue and encourage them to do the same.

7) Join others in fighting this cause.
Facebook group
Twitter search

8) Join the etsy community in the virtual chat with CPSIA Small Business Ombudsmen or send a handmade children’s item that will become “hazardous goods” as of 2/9/09 to Bobby Rush, founder of H.R. 4040.

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