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New US Law on lead in children's products has unexpected effects

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Not only has the implementation of the 2008 CPSIA law expansion hurt the manufacturing industry, local artists and craftsmen, now it may result in the banning of books.

http://www.city-journal.org/2009/eon0212wo.html

Among its other provisions, CPSIA imposed tough new limits on lead in any products intended for use by children aged 12 or under, and made those limits retroactive: that is, goods manufactured before the law passed cannot be sold on the used market (even in garage sales or on eBay) if they don’t conform.

This would also affect books made prior to 1985. Bad enough that homemade toys sold at craft fairs are now subject to the inspection, the youth motorcycle industry is in the tank, even thrift and consignment stores and yard salers are subject to the ruling.

Anyone ever read Fahrenheit 451?
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Note to all kids 18 and under: Don't eat books.
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Note to all kids 18 and under: Don't eat books.
Or, will that be the new excuse for being underachievers
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For anyone who has seen the Simpson's episode where Bart is afraid of clowns ("Can't sleep, clown will eat me.") I offer:

"Can't read, lead will kill me."
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Anyone ever read Fahrenheit 451?
Of course, and my print of it happens to be a '72 copy at that.

I happen to collect a speculative fiction and sci-fi books - usually they didn't have many printings or went out of print before the mid 80s. I wonder how this will affect a used book store I frequent? She has such a nice collection of old books, some as early as 1910, 20s, and 30s. Some, which I wouldn't mind owning, are the children/teen/young adult sci fi that several authors did in the golden age.

The library in town has some older hardcovers that I know a few have to predate '85, too.

I guess I better not go chew on my collection anytime soon. Those books are also kept on the top shelves to keep the cats from knocking them down (considering the Sherman is a paper shredder, that's probably a good thing).
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I wonder how this will affect a used book store I frequent?
This would affect used book stores, artists and crafts people (anyone selling toys on etsy.com, craft fairs) etc. and would be devastating to small sellers like that. Just imagine the expenses involved in the inspections to be able to sell their products...
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This would affect used book stores, artists and crafts people (anyone selling toys on etsy.com, craft fairs) etc. and would be devastating to small sellers like that. Just imagine the expenses involved in the inspections to be able to sell their products...
That's all true, but not a "would", it's a "will." This has already been signed into law, and took full effect a few weeks ago.
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I wonder how it would affect her because a lot of her stuff is aimed at adults or collectors. Very little children's books, if any - I wasn't looking for them so I can't recall if she had any.

Too bad we couldn't just sign wavers...

I'm not sure how it's going to affect those making crafts. I can't think of anything in my collection that could or does have lead in it (and I have a ridiculous amount of craft supplies). Those who cast pewter and other metal work might have problems. If they want to get really technical, what about all the solder in items? I doubt anything coming out of China is using lead free solder.
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I wonder how it would affect her because a lot of her stuff is aimed at adults or collectors. Very little children's books, if any - I wasn't looking for them so I can't recall if she had any.

Too bad we couldn't just sign wavers...

I'm not sure how it's going to affect those making crafts. I can't think of anything in my collection that could or does have lead in it (and I have a ridiculous amount of craft supplies). Those who cast pewter and other metal work might have problems. If they want to get really technical, what about all the solder in items? I doubt anything coming out of China is using lead free solder.
The fact that it likely doesn't contain lead doesn't matter, it has to be documented. That's the problem with the whole thing.

They actually enacted the portion of the law on "new" products like two years ago. So things coming from foreign countries are supposed to meet the testing before they are available for sale here.
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The fact that it likely doesn't contain lead doesn't matter, it has to be documented. That's the problem with the whole thing.
Also, just to clarify, when I said "crafts people" I didn't mean crafts like...Martha Stewart. I meant potters, carpenters and woodworkers, toy makers, glass blowers, metal smiths and jewelry makers, etc.
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Also, just to clarify, when I said "crafts people" I didn't mean crafts like...Martha Stewart. I meant potters, carpenters and woodworkers, toy makers, glass blowers, metal smiths and jewelry makers, etc.
Yup. Little old ladies making stuffed animals, retired men that make wooden toys, churches that have a small resale shop. No one is exempt.
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I'm not a little ol' lady but I am a potter.
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