In an effort to save our children, the nanny-state has struck again. The Consumer Product Safety Act of 2008 was recently passed, and it’s sure to wreak havoc where ever it goes. It essentially requires testing for dangerous chemicals in almost all products that are intended for children 12 and under. This includes clothing, shoes, books, toys, jewelry, cds, board games and more.
While this law may not pose much of a problem for large retailers, for those who operate small businesses or own resale shops (including charity stores such as Goodwill), this legislation is potentially devastating. In most cases, the costs for having the products tested greatly outweigh any potential profit and talks of fines up to $100,000 and possible jail time will probably keep most from bucking the law.