This new law that the CPSC has gotten passed is not only hitting thrift and consignment stores but many small, family operated homeschool companies as well. In the media the stories mostly talk about thrift and consignment stores, so I'm not sure if the media (or Americans in general)
really understands just how big of a deal this is....this law could very well ruin American small businesses.
Here are some emails I have received in just the last two days from some small homeschool businesses that I often purchase from;
January 12, 2009
Dear Valued Customers,
Due to the new CPSIA law In the Hands of a Child, for the time being, is discounting our Kit Pack inventory in order to lessen our possible loss in the event that an exemption is not granted.
While we are still praying for this situation to work out for all small businesses we feel that it is in our best interest to lessen our possible loss. And what better way than to pass the savings on to you, our wonderful customers, who are praying with us through this difficult situation!!
Please help us clear our shelves and enjoy a 35% savings on all Kit Packs!! Savings will be automatic! Spread the word and help us empty the shelves!!
This sale will continue until our Kit Pack inventory has been exhausted, so purchases will be on a first-come-first-served basis.
Once they are gone, they are gone!
In the event the law is modified, In the Hands of a Child reserves the right to bring back Kit Packs in the future at full price without any discount, implied or expressed, during this sale.
Cannot be combined with any other offer, special, discount, coupon or sale. Super Member discount DOES NOT apply to this sale.Tax and Shipping not included in calculating discount price. Not valid toward prior purchases. No rainchecks.
from hands and hearts
It is with the deepest possible regret that we must announce that we are discontinuing production of our Hands and Hearts History Discovery Kits. We, like so many other small business in America, are simply unable to afford to get in compliance with the new Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act.We know that these kits have blessed thousands of homeschoolers around the world, and we have prayed, wracked our brains, and sought council in hopes that we would not need to take this step.
As of today, the prices of our kits are discounted. We will discontinue the sale of these kits on February 9th, or when current stock is depleted, whichever comes first.
We do honestly believe that amendments will be made to the CPSIA, and it is our hope that these amendments will be reasonable enough that we will be able to offer our kits again at some point in the future. We want to absolutely walk in integrity, so we want to be clear that while we HOPE to be able to offer these kits again, we simply cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Only you can decide if you want to buy a kit now so that you know that you will have it, or whether you are comfortable waiting and hoping with us.
It is also our hope and intent to leave our store open after Feb. 10, but the loss of revenue from our kits may force us to close our business entirely. If it is important to you to purchase anything from us, please consider doing it now or you may be unable to do so in the future. This law affects MUCH of our inventory, and there are many, many products which are being discontinued by their manufacturers. As a result, we will not be able to reorder any of those products once our current stock is depleted. We would like to urge each of you not to buy in a panic, but to pray about what you need to do.
Please read this article that I have written.
It contains an overview of the CPSIA and a detailed action plan with steps that we can take to try to get this over-reaching law ammended.
Please let other homeschoolers know both about the above article and about our sale. It saddens us to know that we cannot reach everyone and that there will surely be many homeschoolers that come to our site too late and are unable to purchase kits. We will be continuing to send updates and breaking news about the CPSIA and the status of our company through our newsletter, so if you are not a subscriber please use the form in the left-hand side of our website to subscribe.
IMPORTANT: Shipping times WILL be delayed due to this sale. If you need your order within a certain time frame, let us know and we will try to accommodate you. As we sell out of kits, they will be removed from the website.
Jeff and Kate Estes
homeschoolfreebie of the day (also owns homeschool radio shows)
This has been one of those crazy weeks for us. We had to makea major decision about our business, and it hasn't been easy.
We really don't want to do this...
We really, REALLY don't like doing this...
But it looks like we have no choice.
Read and see why:
Even though this is tough on us, we hope it willbe a blessing to others.Go ahead and take advantage ofit if you can, so we at least won't have to takea government-mandated trip to the landfill todump a good portion of our business there.
Important Note:We sent an advance notice about this out to a smallportion of our list over the weekend, and thingsjust went nuts here. We've since revised whatitems remain and want to warn you that this pagewill probably only be available for today - maybeeven only for a few hours -as we are getting low on most of these collections.
As you might suspect, taking care of all thisis a major undertaking, and we are currently completely snowed under tryingto sort this all out and get this all wrapped up in the next couple ofweeks. Therefore, instead of providing all new resources this week,we will be re-running some much-requested items from our earlydays. If you missed any of these the first time around, here's your chance.
So as you can see this new law does not just affect thrift and consignment stores....it is affecting all small businesses that cater to children's goods. Sure, the big companies have to comply to this new law, but they can afford it...and to be honest they are the ones who caused this law to come into play. They outsource their manufacturing to China, who in turn has flimsy laws governing what they put into their products. All the recalls in the last few years were primarily from products manufactured by the big companies that import their products from China. I wouldn't be surprised if the big companies are the ones who pushed this law in under the radar...after all the recalls, many Americans turned to local or small businesses to purchase their goods...which probably hit the big guys in their wallets.
We all need to write to our representatives and speak out against this law. There is a way to protect our kids from toxins but this is NOT the way.