Ok, people, I need your feedback. As I'm sure most of you are aware, I do a lot of crocheting. I used to sell patterns that I designed, but I stopped because it got to be too much of a hassle. People expected me to be their personal tech support and crochet teacher. So I ended up spending more time in the "customer service" end then I did actually creating and selling. Not fun. A while ago I thought I would make and sell baby hats, but then I started reading up on all the laws regarding items made for children and decided that it was too much to keep track of and too much extra money I'd have to spend. But, I've been reading into them some more. Basically they say that any item intended for children under the age of 13 has to be tested for lead. Way expensive. As well, each item has to have a "tracking label" which is basically a tag telling where the item is made and what it's made of along with some kind of tracking info like a website. However, there appears to be items that are exempt from the lead testing, natural materials like cotton don't require testing unless it contains something metallic (like sparkles). So, that leaves just tracking labels that I'd have to worry about. Much more doable. But, here's the real problem: would anyone actually buy the stuff at the cost I'd have to charge? Take for example this hat:
Isn't she cute? Well, the cost in yarn (cotton, which is what I'd have to use to be exempt from lead testing. Well, I could use wool but cotton is washable) would only be about $3-5 depending on the size of hat. But I'd have to take into account the cost of labels, Etsy fees (which are crazy) and Paypal fees (which are rather high if you have a business account) and packaging material. Not to mention some profit to make it worth my while. So, basically I'd have to charge $20-25 plus shipping per hat. Of course I also have to consider the competition. There are tons of baby hats available on Etsy (over 3,ooo listings of owl hats for example), and I'd have to compete with people who don't care (or don't know) about the laws and make their items out of acrylic yarn and therefore can sell them much cheaper. So, what do you think? Worth it or no?