As this will affect all of us, both starting up and well established businesses, the ABSOLUTE best things to do about it are:
1. Contact your local Representative or Congress man/woman. Tell them your concerns and ask for their assistance to change the law. We are trying to keep our businesses afloat or to start one in this struggling economy and with the law as it's currently written, our businesses will be shut down, dreams will be destroyed and so on...and of course suggest the changes you'd like to seen made to the law.
2. Write to the CPSIA (see link below) and submit your comments. There is a HUGE document arleady full of comments, and the more we submit, the better the chance of our getting our voices heard and this thing changed. There is a time deadline, so do it NOW!!!
Comments must be received by the Office of the Secretary no later than January 30, 2009.
Comments may be filed by email to Sec102ComponentPartsTesting@cpsc.gov. Comments may also be filed by facsimile to (301) 504-0127 or by mail or delivery to the Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Room 502, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland, 20814. Comments should be captioned “Section 102 Mandatory Third- Party Testing of Component Parts.” Interested persons will also have additional opportunities to comment following publication of any notices of rulemaking proceedings in the Federal Register which are commenced under this section.
I would love to hide under cover and play dumb, but the consequences are so great, that if we all join forces and write it, we will be heard. Already they have listened and have made Thrift stores exempt, products made from natural wood are now exempt...Let's get them to do it for the hairbows (of course we have to include all the components...the glue, ribbon, gems, flowers, thread, elastic, clips, bottle caps, buttons etc.) But if we just sit around and not put our voice in, what we fear to happen is much more likely to actually happen...No one will know that we disagree unless we tell them! If it doesn't work, then we go from there...