I need to stop reading parent comments to news stories and blog posts about the CPSIA. I’m getting a little upset over comments like “those manufacturers begging for a change in the law just want to continue making a buck from selling their cheap crap to our kids.” OK, that was an exact quote.
First, companies do not force cheap crap on kids. Parents and other buy said cheap crap and give it willingly to their kids. But that’s really beside the point, isn’t it?
Nobody is saying the law is not a good idea. It’s just badly written and poorly thought through.
1. it requires expensive testing for lead on things that could never have lead. unpainted, all wood toys, for example. i do not think many parents realize where lead comes from: paint and dye. Unpainted wood? No lead. I don’t need to test it to know that.
2. though consumer advocates say that the toy industry had warning this was coming, I’ll tell you who didn’t realize it would be soo expansive: textiles manufacturers.
3. the testing is overly onerous. testing every item, post-production? that’s just stupid.
And here’s something. As a consumer, I feel like I’m being penalized for being smart about toys. We’ve trended towards natural products, all-wood, wool, fabric, etc. Handmade or made by super great companies like Haba and Selecta. We’re not big Plastic Imported Toys purchasers.
And guess what? I’m the one who’s going to get screwed over by this legislation. Because I’m not going to be able to buy them any more. If they even remain available, they’ll be even more expensive than they now are – because the makers will have to prove that their already lead-free toys are, well, free of lead.
It’s just frustrating that so many of the comments I’m reading out there in cyberspace are from people who just don’t get it. And I understand – it’s a law that protects our Children. It’s for the Children. Right?