People who are the least likely to survive any more economic disaster are going to be hurt by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.
Resale shops will have to test all the items they carry, and the expense will put them out of business; their stock will be destroyed. Charity organizations that provide clothing, and even books, to people in need, will have to test all items or dispose of them(and not give away, but throw away).
Those already struggling to survive will be harmed the most: people relying on resale shops, small business owners (including 4RV Publishing), people needing aid from charities, schools and libraries (all books will have to be tested or destroyed).
People who handcraft one of a kind items will be required to test each item, causing them to go out of business, and if they don't test each item in their inventory, the inventory must be destroyed.
I wish I had kept all the URLs about this topic that I've read the past two days, but I didn't.
Holly Jahangiri, on Do I Have to Spell It Out, posted the following:
For additional information, search for "CPSIA" and "books". Here's a good post that goes into some detail:
Here's a copy of the letter sent out by Amazon.com:
The law has already passed and goes into effect NEXT MONTH, so this is urgent.
Yes, CPSIA is a bad law which will do more harm than good. Lawmakers are the only ones who benefit because they can state they did something: too bad what they did is lacking in brain cells. Children, in the long run, are harmed, not helped.