The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act has been a hot topic of discussion, and anger, on the Etsy forums. This U.S. law may negatively effect businesses that make and sell children's items - apparal, toys, accessories, etc.
From that thread linked above, Dec 1:
And is there an Etsy petition going to combat these ridiculous, stringent (but
unfortunately true) CPSC regulations?
Well, yes, 10 days later there sort of is. Etsy has written an open letter regarding their role and thoughts on the legislation that is to take effect February 2009.
As a venue for handcrafted and vintage items from small entrepreneurs, Etsy has invited the Ombudsman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to join us in a webchat in our Virtual Lab. Etsy would very much appreciate the opportunity to provide a forum for discussing the concerns of artisans who make toys and children's products as well as their customers who support handmade products.
Good, and as a venue they probably won't be able to do anything without a recall taking place. But umm, when is this conversation with the bigwig going to happen? Yeah, I can't find that either. Ok, so maybe the ombudsman hasn't responded (then say so *cough* morons *cough*) Oh and did you notice how they threw vintage in there with the mention of handmade- they're learning!
They have a thread for discussion that consolidates 6 other threads from worried Etsians.
It's nice to see something addressed in a timely manner - though they probably should've been on top of it in August when the legislation first passed - but I'll give them a free pass on this one, it's been a rough week or so for the big E. Good to see they can multitask.
However, Etsy still has not addressed whether they will make sellers produce testing proof after the law takes effect. My take on it is that it falls into the same category they have for copyright - it's not their place to enforce (whether that's right or wrong is open to debate, I know). They need to be fair and equal, not enforce one thing but not the other.
Oh, and this was only in the Dorque and forums, so many sellers haven't seen it - I'm not even going to bitch about the lack of communication, you all know the spiel and I'm busy listing on Artfire.