|This time of year, many people donate stuff because their kids got too many holiday toys and they need to give away the old ones to make room for the new ones, or because it's been long enough to see that their DC don't like some of the "new" toys and want to declutter their houses of what the kids aren't playing with anyway.
Are you SURE there are more MIC toys now than there were last January? Or are there just more toys now than there were in October?
Usually I'd agree with you Ruthla but this year it's definitely different. It's not just "crappy" toys or old toys that have appeared, it's an unusually high number of brand new toys, many in original boxes and cellophane -- especially tea sets and toy dishes MIC. I’ve found three sets that still have the gift tags on them. Somewhere out there, an Ashley, a Morgan, and a Zoe no longer have their brand new tea sets.
Personally I'm in the middle re: MIC toys. I'm not so worried if it's something DD is not likely to put in her mouth. But if it could go in her mouth then I prefer to be safe. That's why I noticed the sheer number of the toy dishes that suddenly appeared. (When I was a student nurse I saw the treatment kids received for lead poisoning and it’s really painful.)
There has been a lot of discussion on MDC about toy recalls and whether parents want to discard all the toys MIC. I checked out a few of the recall websites and was amazed at the length of the list. I can understand why parents might choose to simply get rid of all questionable toys. The question is what to do with those toys.
|Better there than in a landfill. Let parents make a choice.
I agree with that as long as it's a SAFE toy. To answer D_McG’s question, my specific concern is that people are knowingly donating toys that they themselves are concerned about in order to get rid of them quick and easy. I think that’s immoral. It’s one thing if people choose to buy toys MIC for whatever reason; it’s another if they decide toys MIC are unsafe and yet give them to a place where others can buy those same toys. Where is the consciences?
I am NOT talking about plastic toys or used toys or unwanted toys. In this thread, those are red herrings.
I do not understand the logic that it’s better to have a toxic toy in the thrift store then in the landfill. To me that is more dangerous because in the end it will still wind up in the landfill AND, in addition, possibly harm a child.
I don’t find the argument about the market i.e. that there’s always someone will buy them ect ect persuasive at all. We all know that markets are manipulated; they are not “free.” Just look at the cigarette industry.
|I think it would be awesome if instead of being mad that people are donating MIC we all got mad that the quality of products taken in by U.S. consumers in general is so low. Our government chooses not to take action against products and manufacturing practices that might be dangerous...instead they wait until actual harm has occurred. To me, that is the real outrage.
I agree with that mostly but I still think people should realize there’s a domino effect in one’s actions. Getting rid of toys that concern you is fine. Doing so by putting someone else’s child at risk is not fine.