- November 9, 2007 at 3:16 pm #254224
How right you are! Not to mention how wide scale a boycott would
have to be at Christmas to ensure that it actually hurts the
companies. This is the time of year when people are willing to spend
more money on toys than normal, so a boycott would have to be huge
to make a visable dent.
My goal this year, is to buy items that haven’t been touched by a
recall. For instance, so many Thomas & Deigo/Dora items have been
recalled that I refuse to buy anything from either line, whether
they have been dubbed as safe or not.
We’re not having a big toy Christmas, even after all the watching I
am doing. I have 1 site I visit where I earn free Borders Books gift
cards. The kids are each getting a $10 Borders card, plus I’ve
gotten them each about $20 in books already. On top of that, I am
sitting on another $140 in GC’s to there, and am planning a road
trip to the big Borders 50 minutes away. I want to get them each 1
movie, and more books.
The kids are getting the things I get them every year- a new set of
pj’s, a new outfit, some books, a movie, and some toy items. I’m
just being very diligent in what I’m willing to buy. It’s hard to
ensure that your child will be safe 100% of the time. We all do what
I foresee the widespread money loss by way of recalled items to be a
wakeup call for toy companies. Many don’t know specifically what IS
put into the toys, but it’s more of a “Don’t ask, don’t tell”
policy. They approve the cost cutting without knowing what all it
What this means for us as parents, though, is hopefully safer toys,
as well as higher prices.
For years, people have wanted lower costs in the face of rising
costs. When the cost of fuel, parts, and labor are on the rise,
cheaper alternatives are how we got our cheaper prices.
It isn’t just the fault of the toy companies. If parents were
willing to pay more expensive prices for items, they wouldn’t have
gone to drastic measures to get the prices as low as possible.
I’m not saying it’s our fault as parents, but we certainly don’t
help matters. This is the cost of getting items at the price we
I have a feeling that in the upcoming year, the toy shelves will be
more empty, the government will start testing imports more
thouroughly, the cost of toys will rise dramatically, and quite
possible, the economy will see new jobs as some companies bring
production back home. After all, the safety issues, and the people
who ARE willing to boycott all things Chinese made, will cause a hit
in income. The recalls themselves will cost the companies the most
in billions of lost revenue and product.
— In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, Herlean
> Boycotting is fine, but it is really difficult to find toys that
are not made in China. I know you can find some made in Italy and
Germany, but they are quite pricey.
> The US manufacturers hired the Chinese to make the toys for
them, or contracted them to do so.
> Just be careful with what you give your child to play with.
Keep an eye out for recalls.
> If you try to boycott all products made overseas, it will be
really difficult. Look at your electronics. Check the labels of
your clothes. How many are made in USA of USA materials????
> Do you think the people of the US ought to Boycott Toys
made in China?
> After the 10’s of Millions of toys this year that have been
recalled from china- would you Boycott toys made there?
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