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Save the TOY CARS — no bailout required | 10:24 am | 11 December 2008

Congress passed a consumer-protection law in August, to try to stop the flow of poisoned toys from China — but with no exemptions for small businesses, every single toy sold needs an expensive test to prove that it doesn’t kill you.

Read these, and go call your congresspeople.

open letter from Etsy.com

Endangered Whimsy
Gallery of soon-to-be illegal toys from Etsy crafters

Fashion Incubator


  • A toymaker, for example, who makes wooden cars in his garage in Maine to supplement his income cannot afford the $4,000 fee per toy that testing labs are charging to assure compliance with the CPSIA.
  • A work-at-home mom in Minnesota who makes dolls to sell at craft fairs must choose either to violate the law or cease operations.
  • A small toy retailer in Vermont who imports wooden toys from Europe, which has long had stringent toy safety standards, must now pay for testing on every toy they import.
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