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Gale Langley
TotalPost:140
Labeling Doesn't Meet Fed. Trade Commission Standards Reply

    When my mom told me that the clothing I was selling was breaking US law because it didn't have care instruction or what it was made out of, just the size...well, I thought she was wrong at first, but I looked it up and she's right:
    Here it is on the Federal Trade Commission Website:

    http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/business/textile/bus50.shtm

    And here is is November and I am planning to take down all of the clothing from my shop because of this--yep after a year of promoting this shop I'm going to take it down right before the busiest time of the year (or at least the clothing, which is a major part).

    PLEASE let us know when this will be taken care of!
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11/9/2008 1:57:13 AM

George Morrison
TotalPost:160
RE:Labeling Doesn't Meet Fed. Trade Commission Standards Reply

    I would imagine that the gov wouldn't go after small businesses like us, it would be way too time consuming. And I don't think a company like AN would be able to meet the requirements of every country in the world where there are sellers. For instance here in Canada all labels and printing should be in english and french. I'm sure there are other rules for Europeans for the EC markets such as metric sizes. Plus what one country requires other countries don't. Can you imagine how many different lables and things AN would need to meet the requirements for every country in the world??? And then how would AN know where the product is going to end up? A seller in the States could order a pile of shirts but be selling them to someone in Canada. If they put labels for the States, they wouldn't be legal in Canada.

    If worse came to worse it is usually the seller/importer that has to ensure the product meets all local laws. Actually the site says 'The Care Labeling Rule requires manufacturers and importers to attach care instructions to clothing and some piece goods'
11/9/2008 2:21:03 AM

Gale Langley
TotalPost:140
RE:RE:Labeling Doesn't Meet Fed. Trade Commission Standards Reply

    OK, but this has been something that has been asked for before, and since there is a legal issue in one of the places where they sell the most, I think it should concern ArtsNow to fix this problem. Besides, having basic care instruction in English at least (since the site is in English and marketed to English speakers, even if it is based in Hong Kong) would be a good idea ANYWAYS, because customers here (and probably in Canada too) expect as much.

    >I would imagine that the gov wouldn't go after small businesses like us, it would be way too time consuming. And I don't think a company like AN would be able to meet the requirements of every country in the world where there are sellers. For instance here in Canada all labels and printing should be in english and french. I'm sure there are other rules for Europeans for the EC markets such as metric sizes. Plus what one country requires other countries don't. Can you imagine how many different lables and things AN would need to meet the requirements for every country in the world??? And then how would AN know where the product is going to end up? A seller in the States could order a pile of shirts but be selling them to someone in Canada. If they put labels for the States, they wouldn't be legal in Canada.
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    >If worse came to worse it is usually the seller/importer that has to ensure the product meets all local laws. Actually the site says 'The Care Labeling Rule requires manufacturers and importers to attach care instructions to clothing and some piece goods'

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11/9/2008 4:27:43 AM

George Morrison
TotalPost:160
RE:RE:RE:Labeling Doesn't Meet Fed. Trade Commission Standards Reply

    I don't think I would close the shirt line. If you haven't been bothered yet by the shirt police I think you are probably safe. Besides they would probably give you some sort of warning first or a certain time frame to comply
11/9/2008 7:21:52 AM

Gary Younkin
Title:Owner
TotalPost:623
RE:Labeling Doesn't Meet Fed. Trade Commission Standards Reply

    Hi all just read this thread, I think we can be in the loophole of exemption for custom product, although technically materials are not given by the consumer, but it may work, AN should put some kind of care instructions and atleast it would show they are trying to comply, but with worldwide shipping, rules are different in each place, I wouldnt sweat it, the FTC would looking at large companies or importers for violations
11/12/2008 4:29:07 AM

BerryAC
TotalPost:187
RE:Labeling Doesn't Meet Fed. Trade Commission Standards Reply

    Thanks for the info.

    We will apply the label of care instruction on t-shirts.

    Sorry, it needs about 3-6 months to get fixed, when all current stocks sold.

    Thanks.
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    Berry
    CEO & Executive Director
    ArtsNow.com
11/12/2008 11:59:22 AM

Gale Langley
TotalPost:140
RE:RE:Labeling Doesn't Meet Fed. Trade Commission Standards Reply

    Great! Good to know, because I love the shirts here and it just killed me to have to take them down. I know the FTC probably won't come knocking on my door, but it's just important to me to stay above board.


    >Thanks for the info.
    >
    >We will apply the label of care instruction on t-shirts.
    >
    >Sorry, it needs about 3-6 months to get fixed, when all current stocks sold.
    >
    >Thanks.
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11/18/2008 1:00:35 AM

L. Singbiel Taurus
TotalPost:57
RE:RE:Labeling Doesn't Meet Fed. Trade Commission Standards Reply

    Hi Berry,

    A customer e-mailed me about this exact issue, which prompted me to look into it. I found this post so I figured I'd just follow up to it.

    In addition to the care instructions, you will also need to incorporate a label indicating country of origin and the material content. Those requirements are discussed here: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/business/textile/bus21.shtm

    I'm willing to bet that it can be done on the same label, but just on the other side of the label from the care instructions... But I may be wrong.


    >Thanks for the info.
    >
    >We will apply the label of care instruction on t-shirts.
    >
    >Sorry, it needs about 3-6 months to get fixed, when all current stocks sold.
    >
    >Thanks.
1/4/2009 3:17:26 PM

Fred Virgo
TotalPost:2214
RE:RE:RE:Labeling Doesn't Meet Fed. Trade Commission Standards Reply

    Hi L,

    Boy, this is going to be a can of worms. I bet in the long run that AN will discontinue selling garments. Last year they (AN) had commented that they were thinking about discontinuing their garment line, for whatecer reason.

    According to US law (your link), not only do the labels have to have the country of origin but fiber content. And we, as sellers, must also list country of origin in any advertisng we do, this also includes internet selling (websites, eBay,, auctions, etc...). As I use Gildan 100% cotton ,made in USA, I already do this.

    I'm just wondering how long it wil be before USA sellers get bagged. I hope AN will seriously consider the product tag issue and work on getting it corrected. Just wonder how long before CP or other POD services raise a ruckus.

    Fred
    Melbourne FL

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    >Hi Berry,
    >
    >A customer e-mailed me about this exact issue, which prompted me to look into it. I found this post so I figured I'd just follow up to it.
    >
    >In addition to the care instructions, you will also need to incorporate a label indicating country of origin and the material content. Those requirements are discussed here: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/business/textile/bus21.shtm
    >
    >I'm willing to bet that it can be done on the same label, but just on the other side of the label from the care instructions... But I may be wrong.
    >
    >
    >>Thanks for the info.
    >>
    >>We will apply the label of care instruction on t-shirts.
    >>
    >>Sorry, it needs about 3-6 months to get fixed, when all current stocks sold.
    >>
    >>Thanks.
1/4/2009 10:23:58 PM
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