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,