Alright, the more I read, the more I’m super concerned about the CPSIA. (Laurie, i think I misspoke – I was overthinking it – it’s actually Legislation.)
I’m afraid I’ll have to close Wallypop on Feb 10 and suck up huge losses that I really cannot afford and potentially be stuck with a whole lot of expensive inventory that I cannot legally sell.
The problem is in the testing that is required. It’s expensive and on a per-product level. So a carrier made from Fabric A has to be tested, and a carrier made from Fabric B has to be tested, etc. Since most of my carriers are one-offs, um, that’s a lot of money. Passing it along to the consumer is really not realistic, unless people want to start paying $100-1000 per carrier.
Now I’m reading on some industry sites that diapers aren’t subject to needing lead testing, but are instead subject to more stringent flammability requirements. From the way I read it, mostly all of my diapering products are actually exempt from the requirements, except the fitteds. The flannel (or sherpa, or hemp) outer poses a problem. I could switch to selling only diapers with a cotton woven outer, so that’s not a huge problem. I mean, I’ll miss the flannel dipes, but don’t make enough money to justify the testing fees. Then I’m also reading on some industry sites that those who believe that dipes are exempt from lead testing are wrong, so there’s that, too,
Baby slings are specifically exempt from section 104, but are they exempt from everything else? And what of apparel? The shoes and leg warmers I make? grr.
Some apparel makers blogs are suggesting that to frame it as “poor small manufacturers” and “this favors the large manufacturers” is incorrect, but I can think of several reasons that this won’t put the big guys under like it could me and many others. First, one-offs aren’t a large part of their product offerings! Second, they have attorneys and staff to help ensure compliance. Third, they can afford it!! Passing along the cost of testing to the consumer will barely be noticeable when dealing with a product run of a million.
I’m just frustrated and have barely any time to devote to figuring this out, not to mention I have a serious lack of brainpower right now.
Let me add, too, that this is why I think less government = better. And government health care scares the piss out of me.