A Conversation I Wish We Weren’t Having

When I started this blog, I wanted it to be an open conversation with consumers, companies and those who are impacted by what the CPSC does.  The feedback I have gotten has been very helpful in informing my thinking on the various issues we are called upon to address. 

Today a majority of commissioners decided to discount the concerns that a number of small retailers have raised about the effective date of our new crib standard.  I believe that the majority made the wrong decision.  I believe that a modest extension of the rule’s effective date will not impact safety but will help small retailers.  I want to share with you a note I received in response to this vote.  This note sums up the issue better than I ever could and makes fighting the good fight worth it.

Commissioner Nord, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support of our family’s small business in this morning’s Commission meeting. The outcome is sad & will, without a doubt, have a significant impact on medium size specialty stores (with built up inventory) such as ourselves. It is a shame that one . . . competitor (in business 7 years & borrowing to buy cribs at all) was so vocally against helping other specialty retailers. We have been in business 40 years & pay upfront for all of our merchandise. I’m ashamed to be in the same market & category as this other retailer. Thank you for your efforts on our behalf. My family really does appreciate it. From the bottom of our hearts,

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1 Response to “A Conversation I Wish We Weren’t Having”


  1. 1 anonymous June 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Thank you for your support in trying to get the date extended for retailers on the new crib regulations. Though unsuccessful, hopefully the entire committee has seen the unfairness of having the same compliancy date for manufacturers and retailers. Just yesterday I received by email General Certificates of Compliance from one of the major crib vendors in the industry. These certificates had issue dates of June 17, 2011. Therefore any retailer or group that said they were a 100% ready really misspoke.

    I have been a juvenile specialty retailer for over 32 years and in spite of Nancy Cowles with Kids in Danger statement, I assure you no one is more interested in child safety than we are. This is how my peers and I make our living and we would not want to sell any product to our friends and customers that would endanger a child.
    I appreciate your work on this committee. I can only imagine how frustrating it is to have politics play such a large role in you efforts


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