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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Consumers Will Still Buy China-Made Toys, Online Poll Says

Consumers say they will buy toys this holiday season- including toys made in China, despite recent safety-related recalls of popular toys made there by leading manufacturers.

A recent consumer survey by online toy retailer,, finds that 37% plan to spend the same amount or more on toys this holiday season compared to previous years. While 59% of those surveyed believe toys made outside the U.S. are less safe than those made in America, 43% of respondents say they will purchase toys this holiday season regardless of the country of origin. Only 32% indicated they won't buy toys made in China. Just 25% of those surveyed say they will buy only toys made in America.

Additional findings from the 2007 consumer toy safety survey include:

-- Do consumers associate familiar brand names with toy safety? Fifty-three percent of respondents believe toys from major toy manufacturers are generally safer than toys from smaller ones, and 56% say they will purchase toys only made by companies they know this
holiday season.

-- Who's responsible for toy safety and who will pay the cost? When asked by who bears the responsibility for ensuring toy safety in the U.S., 43% of those polled think a federal agency has the primary responsibility for guaranteeing toy safety, followed by 31% who think it's the job of U.S.-based toy companies. Only 2% of those polled think an overseas factory is responsible for the safety of toys sold in the U.S.

-- Is money an issue when it comes to toy safety? Forty-five percent of consumers responding to the poll say they are willing to pay more for toys made in America, with 35% of respondents willing to pay up to 10% more than the current retail price. Slightly more than a
third of participants, however, said they are not willing to pay more for toys made in the U.S.

-- Consumers reflect on the current state of toy safety. Consumers polled by perceive toys made in the U.S., Canada and Europe to be the safest. Conversely, they feel toys made in China are the least safe, followed by Southeast Asia and India. Also, despite the recent
toy recalls -- 69% of those surveyed say toys are safer now than when they were children.

-- Are parents' concerns in the right place? The eToys survey respondents ranked hazardous chemicals as the greatest threat posed by toys to the health and safety of children, followed by lead paint and toys containing sharp pieces. Choking hazards from small parts, which
according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) pose the greatest safety risk, ranked fourth on the list of potential hazards, followed by "breaks easily" and "contains small magnets."

-- Are toy labels taken seriously? When asked by to interpret age labeling on toy packages, a majority of parents -- 59% -- correctly stated that age labels indicate the toy is safe for play by children in the indicated range. However, more than a third of those surveyed incorrectly stated that age labels indicate the intellectual capacity required to play with the toys.
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Blogger Unknown said...

Hope you don't mind, I posted a link to your article over at the forum as I think it's really interesting and disheartening that after so much anger and frustration, people will just resort to buying the same things. Thanks in advance for letting me share this with our readers.

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