Monday, February 21, 2011

CPSIA - Mothering Magazine R.I.P. - Thanks, CPSIA!

Last week, Mothering Magazine announced that its print edition was kaput. [Thanks to the HTA for alerting me to this event.] This 35-year-old publication ceased publishing as a magazine for all the usual reasons . . . and one more: "Many of our advertisers have been hard hit by the economy. Toy manufacturers have been burdened by the cost of complying with the new regulations of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). Many of our sling and baby-carrier advertisers experienced declining sales or went out of business altogether in 2010 as a result of loss of sales due to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls of infant carriers."

More anecdotes, but sadly no evidence. Just another dead enterprise blaming the innocent and innocuous CPSIA for its troubles. I wonder if there's a connection there somewhere . . . .

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