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CPSIA is Going to Make This a Lean First Communion Season

We currently have received certification from one vendor (about 10 products) which means that we have been forced to discontinue 1ooo products that we currently don't have in stock to avoid breaking the law after February 10th. We currently have about 600 different kid's items in stock that are discounted and won't be available after February 10th unless we get more certificates from vendors.

The upshot of this? The First Communion season (February - May) is usually the second busiest season of the year for Catholic retailers. This year, unless our vendors get their acts together, it will be the worst season ever because there won't be any First Communion dresses, kid's missals, kid's rosaries, etc. available for purchase.

I wonder how many Catholic retailers that are currently on the edge this will put over into failure? Knowing our industry it is quite likely that many, in spite of our contacting them, will continue operating as if the law doesn't exist. At least until they get fined out of existence.

Anyway, stock up on First Communion and other kid's items now because they may not be available next month.

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Arthur Policarpio
Arthur Policarpio

Hi, I own a website on the Virgin Mary, and would like to start selling Catholic products on my site. Just got a little concerned with this news and its impact on retailing of Catholic products. Do you sell outside the U.S. market? I'm assuming that this issue covers only products sold within the U.S. market, right? I'm asking because I'm interested in selling Catholic products, but targeting large Catholic populations outside the U.S. market.

Mary Fifer
Mary Fifer

Thanks for posting this. So, what's happened in the last year? Were you affected the way you expected? Do you expect the same delayed trouble this year? Our downloads outsell our CDs by far, but we are still wondering if CDs fall under this CPSIA ruling. Since First Communion Audio Catechism CDs and Confirmation Catechism Audio CDs are meant for those who are studying for these sacraments, and since these are usually young children this matters to us. Our other outlets have not asked us for certification. Do you still need it? We have an email from our producer that states that all the products are clear and thousands were made before December 2008, as per the .gov link above, so we wonder if you know if this is good enough? Do we need to fill out some special form? Or is the crisis over? Thanks for any info.

Jess
Jess

The CPSIA testing requirement is unreasonable. Product testing as specified by CPSIA requires separate testing of each of the component parts of a children's product. Yet the language of the law does not permit testing of the separate components before assembly to qualify as testing of the product. This is inherently illogical, unreasonable, and unsupportable. The public does not benefit from this requirement. Public safety is not improved. But laboratory income is increased. Given that each separate test incurs significant cost, one wonders whether the authors and sponsors of the bill receive direct or indirect benefit from the few labs included on the short list of accredited testing laboratories. If your store is concerned about having a lean inventory, then perhaps a more serious investigation into the unfairness of the CPSIA testing requirements is in order - and by all means you should be writing to your congressman/woman to let them know the effect this is going to have on your business. This is a huge problem for manufacturers and vendors of children's products. Please inform your congresspeople that the CPSIA requirements MUST be re-written now. Also, please note that the CPSC has voted a 1 year extension for compliance into place. So do NOT destroy your inventory yet! Please follow the link below for the official release. http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09115.html

Ian
Ian

We've already taken care to make sure that the products we carry are compliant. You will be fine.

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