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07 January 2009 @ 12:32 pm
How CPSIA will affect StoryBlox - Recycled Crayons Discount  
In February, new CPSIA legislation will go into affect that will force us to either shut down our business, or restructure.  The new legislation does not require any safety standards that our products do not ALREADY meet.  However, the new legislation does require expensive testing that we cannot afford on most products, and is impossible on others.

Under the new law, we would be required to test every single product -- since our products are handmade, no two are alike, and the majority of our sales are for toys that are customized for each order.  This testing is very expensive (I've heard quotes from $400-$4000 per toy) and would only be economical if we switched to manufacturing toys in quantity (probably overseas) so that we could test one product and sell 1000 identical products to make up the cost of testing.

Since we have absolutely no interest in mass-manufacturing our toys overseas, and even if we did we would not have time to arrange this,  we will be forced to restructure or close our business.
  • In February,
    • At this time we may be able to self-certify our products as meeting the new requirements - if we find means to test that we believe meet these new requirements, we will make every effort to keep most of our products in stock between February and August
    • Recycled Crayons - though all of the crayons we use have always met the ASTM-D standards, I cannot think of a means to test each and every batch of crayons that we melt down to recycle.  For this reason, I believe we will be forced to stop selling any recycled crayons as of February 10, 2009.
  • In August, if the legislation has not been changed, we will be forced to stop production of any toy for children 12 and under.  At this point we will either close our business, or we will restructure and continue selling promotional products only. 
So, in light of this, we will be offering a 10% discount on all recycled crayons this month (just put CPSIA in the notes and wait for an updated invoice).  If you have been looking at our crayons, you'll want to purchase now, as we will no longer be listing these after February 9.  I'll be adding more crayons over the next couple of days, as well as listing our Easter crayons early for anyone that's wanting to buy this year.

Check our shop for the crayons currently available.
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Bcimorenegal on January 7th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
I assume you've already signed all the petitions and whatnot for it but I'm just dropping in to let you know I'm fighting for you guys even though I don't make toys.
dorotadstroy on January 7th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks cim! I'm thinking that calling congresspeople and representatives will be more likely to make any difference than the petitions, but I may just be being cynical. It's all so frustrating! I do believe that this law will be overturned - the question is going to be how many businesses go under before they get around to addressing it.

I linked to a couple of good posts about this on my jewelry website when I made my similar news statement, but this one was a particularly good link talking about points to bring up and tips on effectively talking to reps.
StoryBloxstoryblox on January 7th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
thanks cim!

I've filled out the petitions I've found, just emailed 2 senators, a congressman, and 3 journalists and got an email back from one saying they were working on a story right now and wanting to know where my business is located... there has been evidence of some small changes in the works already, but we all know how fast legislation moves...

I'm just hoping most of us can hold on long enough to see some reasonable changes in effect before August.