Here are a few casualties of the wonderful CPSIA to consider. Some of these announcements are for the discontinuation of product lines, not necessarily the death of the overall business. In addition, there are many other companies that have similar stories to tell, but some of them are distributors of these product lines or else I cannot verify the business changes. And, of course, product discontinuations are rarely announced publicly in a form that we could summarize or produce here. The background losses far exceed this representative list.
Hands & Hearts (one of our customers serving homeschoolers)
Selecta (including this sad note on the "last" Selecta toy)
Some ghouls who are watching the CPSIA saga unfold want to see piles of bodies before any action will be considered. It is hard to deliver bodies because the economy is messy (cause-and-effect is not always clear) and in addition, everyone is doing everything possible to cling to (business) life. After all, these business owners need to keep their businesses going for the sake of their families, their employees' families, and their customers. There are a lot of "true believers" in the children's product market. In addition, many people (our company included) are waiting to the-very-last-minute before capitulating on the business decisions that the law is driving. No one walks away from their business without a tremendous push. Enter the CPSIA . . . .
The bodies will mount, yes, but the accumulation will be slow. It is analogous to a pin hole leak in an inflated tire - the losses are slow and hard to detect, but they add up.
It is very sad that this is how we must "negotiate" with Congress - by producing CPSIA bodies. Frankly, it makes it hard to maintain any faith in how we are governed these days.