Ohio has some strict regulations when it comes to plush toys. All plush toys that are sold in Ohio (even into Ohio via the internet) have to go through the state’s very own inspection. The inspection costs the manufacturer or importer around $150.00 to $200.00 to have done, on top of the $50 fee Ohio charges annually. Keep in mind, I’ve already paid $500 to have the toys inspected and tested per CPSC/ASTM guidelines and regulations (which is altogether adequate for 47 states).
Ohio isn’t the only nutty state when it comes to plush toys. Pennsylvania and Massachusetts also have their own state laws regarding the licensing of toys. That said, I will be succumbing to the madness soon. I started filling out the paperwork to have them registered in Ohio yesterday and plan to send off a toy for their destructive testing sometime this week so that I can sell them legally into Ohio. Sorry if I sound a little frustrated about this, but they don’t make it easy for small batch manufacturers to get a leg up!
Our Pennsylvania registration was completed last week. It was pretty painless. After we get the thumbs-up from Ohio, I will start the process for Massachusetts.