Do you want to know how I spent my morning? Do you?
A good 20 minutes was spent deciphering Mattel's Fisher-Price recall email. Then I had to print out a postage-paid label, fill out paperwork and walk to the post office to return an innocent-looking Diego action figure.
I then went on GoodyBlog and read this.
Seriously? Are you kidding?
This is ridiculous and I'm beyond pissed.
That's it. It's going to be a China-Free Christmas.
A brand is built on trust, and if toy makers are going to continue to put their brands in the hands of criminally incompetent factories simply because they're the lowest bidder then they've lost my trust.
No trust = No money
Chinese toy manufacturers? You can suck it.
(And Fisher-Price? The Go Diego Go Deep Sea Rescue set (code J0344) that you insist is sold in Canada only? Newsflash - it's also sold in America. I know for a fact that the set we received as a gift was purchased at a Target in Miami - which is pretty far from Canada last time I checked.)
I know that it's pretty much impossible to not buy toys made in China. But it's the only way I know to make a difference.
So what if it's hard to find American and European toys? That only means that I don't have go spend money in Hell's Armpit this year. It may be harder to find non-Chinese made toys, but that's why God invented the internet - it took me 2 seconds to find a site that lists American made toys. Thank you Google!
Non-Chinese toys too expensive? Great! We'll buy less toys - but better made ones. That way there will be less plastic crap all over the house.
I don't want to buy toys made in China anymore, and you know what? I don't have to. Neither do you.
Remember milk from cows treated with rBST? It's getting harder and harder to find, because enough people decided they didn't want to buy it anymore. I can only hope that someday the same will happen with toxic toys.