Meet the CPSC

  • August 8, 2012

We’ve mentioned the Consumer Product Safety Commission a lot in the past few weeks, but thought it would be fun to put some faces to the agency that’s trying to take away your balls.

Feel free to give any of them a call and have your voice be heard… just please be polite—no swearing, no political rants, no personal attacks.

Simply let someone know that you’re an adult who loves Buckyballs and Buckycubes and doesn’t want to see us go out of business—rude comments won’t get us very far anyway.

Nick Stager
Wednesday, 8.8.12 @ 3:30 pm
I am 19 and I think bucky balls are one of the greatest desk toys ever invented. As I am typing this, I notice a nice warning on my bucky balls saying that I should not put them in my mouth. Just like the warning on a lawn mower says don't stick your hands next to the moving blades. If you ban bucky balls, you must ban lawn mowers. That is all.
Tara Dugan
Wednesday, 8.8.12 @ 3:52 pm
As someone who sells BuckyBalls, I know better than many people that these are not for children. Every package is clearly labeled with a warning, and we make sure customers buying them do not have the intent to give them to children. The day I was going to finally buy some for myself, we were told that we could no longer sell this product. I haven't seen them anywhere since. Please bring back my Bucky Balls. They are a fantastic stress reliever, and they spark creativity in the workplace.
Friday, 8.10.12 @ 4:32 am
just wondering is Bucky balls responsible for raising the children of the parents who are ignorant enough to give small children this sort of adult toy. plz tell me we are not getting back to the prohibition because alcohol is not safe for little kids to swallow to
Adam Miller
Friday, 8.10.12 @ 5:18 am
BuckyBalls have been one of the best stress relievers I have ever come across. The outrage that I've felt towards the CPSC because of a few injuries is absolutely and utterly ridiculous! A bigger hypocrisy could not be found, for an institution that allows the sell of the (beloved) Lego, Balloons, bicycles, skateboards, over the counter medicines, automobiles, batteries, power tools, etc., can not and should not ever think they have the power to ban a simple desk top toy. A desk top toy that has never been marketed to children nonetheless. Free the BuckyBalls! Give me back my Balls! This is America for crying out loud. A small business has hit on a great idea and a government agency has tried to squash that idea. That is something that the people of this nation should never stand for.
Gordon Johasen
Friday, 8.10.12 @ 3:20 pm
As the father of two girls, I can't imagine why in the world these would be banned. Eleven tragedies are still tragedies but let's put it in perspective. How about we ban guns so that we don't have people being killed in movie theatres? It's hard to picture some crazy guy coming in with a bunch of buckyballs and shoving them down peoples throats.
Friday, 8.10.12 @ 5:40 pm
If you stop the sale of bucky balls then you will have to stop the sale of everything that can be potentially harmful to children... nails, tacks, guns.. There are billions of things that can hurt children if left in their reach. Bucky Balls clearly states they are not for children, which any responsible parent should know as this is common sense. Same reason we get locks on the cabinets, plugs for the outlets and don't leave pails of water lying around.
Nathan Schink
Friday, 8.10.12 @ 6:19 pm
I've owned a set of Buckyballs for over a year. They're a great, high-quality product and I would like the opportunity to buy some more in the future. I've never once let my nephews have access to my Buckyballs. Or my lasers. Or my kitchen knives, multitools, screwdrivers, hammers, or any other dangerous item NOT intended for children.
A.R. Peek
Saturday, 8.11.12 @ 4:24 am
Dear Government Legislators and Bureaucrats: You do not have the answer to every problem known to mankind. Please stop arrogantly assuming you do. Do not attempt to control every aspect of human life; toilet water, light bulbs, sugar drinks, our thermostats, breast feeding mothers and now our Bucky Balls. Stay out of my bathroom, don't touch my thermostat and for Pete's sake, keep your control-freaking hands off mother's breasts and our beloved Bucky Balls. Don't legislate - educate and then leave it up to the people to choose.
Brendan Looi
Saturday, 8.11.12 @ 5:09 am
I am 16 and I love the product I think that CPSC is just wasting their time trying to fight this war because, it already won! Bucky balls is the most innovative desktoy every built and they deserve to be on the market i bought every single product they sold and its not the company's fault because they clearly state that these products are supposed to be kept away from children! Its not our fault that irresponsible parents let children buy this consumer product with their pocket money! The company did so much to prevent this. I think they spent thousands of USD to make sure. The shiny magnetic balls bring so much joy to sad faces. The problem lies within the PARENTS FAULT THEY CANT CONTROL THEIR KIDS!
Fred Zyphal
Saturday, 8.11.12 @ 4:05 pm
Stop trying to protect humanity from itself. If parents are stupid enough to let children swallow these things, then maybe mother nature was just trying to remove them from the gene pool.
Saturday, 8.11.12 @ 7:03 pm
The moment I heard that they where trying to take away my favorite "Adult Curiosity" I bought as many as I could. They are fantastic and I love them, I know that they are not for children and understand that from the packaging and warning clearly printed on the box.
Billy Crowder
Saturday, 8.11.12 @ 9:50 pm
Set up your website to where i can type a message exactly as i am now, ive entered my e-maail already, then when i submit it sends this message directly to all of the cpsc e-mails. or allows u to review them then u send it too all of them. im just saying most people dont want to sennd 5 different e-mails.
Billy Crowder
Saturday, 8.11.12 @ 9:53 pm
by the way i love your product, very good stress releief and fun to play with. Just like any product (scissors, fans, marbles) anything can be used incorrectly for a dangerous outcome, read the warning lables 1st
Judy A Greer
Sunday, 8.12.12 @ 12:28 am
I am a senior with grown children. It is the responsibility of parents to supervise their children and keep them from harm. If the government banned every product that ever harmed any children, there would be so many products that we could no longer buy. There are more children that are harmed even killed by the negligence of the medical community and pharmaceutical companies and I don't see the government shutting down doctor's offices.
Mitch B
Sunday, 8.12.12 @ 1:48 am
Surely there are products far more harmful to not only children, but adults also that are sold under greater *legislated* restrictions? Common household products also cause greater harm. Knives, power tools, many prescription and over-the-counter medications, a vast array of chemicals, including household cleaners, cars and motorbikes, firearms, hair straighteners and curlers, radiators, toasters, electric kettles, anything powered by electricity, anything powered by gas, anything with moving parts, anything that requires operation from a height, anything pressurised... All of these cause injury and even death through improper and irresponsible use. Should we start banning all technology that was produced in the last 300 years because people can't read warning labels? I'm not even a huge fan of Bucky products, but I'm buying a couple of packs as a gift for other people to support your cause.
Sunday, 8.12.12 @ 5:42 am
Although it's unfortunate that a few children have been hurt by swallowing magnets, it is the responsibility of the parents to keep them away from them. You cannot ban magnets just because a few children got hurt. If that's the case, you should ban buckets, plastic bags, pencils, knives, marbles, and pretty much anything someone could get hurt with. Magnets are not for children; it says so on all the multiple warning labels on the packages, the sites and pretty much everywhere. It's common sense.
Bryan Vartabedian
Sunday, 8.12.12 @ 1:03 pm
You can add to this list the some 65,000 pediatricians in the American Academy of Pediatrics. This isn't an issue of the government but one of children.
marci mccalley
Sunday, 8.12.12 @ 6:27 pm
We finally need to stand up in this world and make people take responsibility. If it is not a kids toy, do not give to your kids. Somehow we think that our kids need access to everything and do not want to restrict them or monitor them. In a world of electronic everything to have something that is so creative and mind stimulating taken away because a few cannot follow the law (instructions) is a sad commentary on society.
Vincent Palatucci jr
Sunday, 8.12.12 @ 6:38 pm
Um...cigarettes...that is all.
Nielsen, Ruth David
Sunday, 8.12.12 @ 7:51 pm
Love & Need these Cubes/Bars/Balls/Bigs & Books... A Great Creative, problem solving design product. A couple real Geniuses came up with this expanding group of wonderful products. Amazing!! Just think what effect Bucky Products have had on our city/countrys' bottom line; think how many jobs & business they have created! Create, Relieve Stress, Have Fun... Thanks.
Sunday, 8.12.12 @ 10:12 pm
we can not punish others for people not watching there kids. come on I guess you should get anything banned that is small to swallow
Simone Ooms
Sunday, 8.12.12 @ 10:16 pm
I think bucky balls are awesome toys for grown ups. I have spent many hours playing with them. They're a great 'help' when I'm stressed and having a hard time to stop thinking about work. Quite healthy, I would say. And... as long as you don't do anything extremely... excuse the word, but, well... stupid, like eating them, they're completely harmless. Even for me as a foreigner who purchased bucky balls online, it was impossible to miss all the warnings. I could read them when browsing on the bucky balls website, during the online ordering process, and when I opened my parcel... without exaggerating, I can say it's IMPOSSIBLE to get them without seeing these warnings. I even thought it was all a bit over the top because every reasonable thinking person would get the fact that bucky balls are not made for children. Just like candles, scissors and thousands of other things aren't. I feel sorry for children involved in any kind of accidents. I really do. It's not their fault and they shouldn't have to suffer. But I also think the problem/solution shouldn't be found in the bucky balls. I believe the problem is in the adults involved, who either supervised poorly, or actively made the choice to ignore the warnings about bucky balls. Now, don't get me wrong. I don't want parents/supervisors to look like the bad guys here. I really do get the fact that accidents just happen within a split second. I didn't do a lot of wild stuff when I was a kid and my parents allways supervised me carefully, but even I managed to get into trouble a few times. As a parent, you can get distracted (e.g. there's someone at the door) and you can't always prevent everything... whether it's bucky balls or beads in the nose, playing with matches, a finger between doors, a finger in a can, jumping off a chair, swallowing a balloon... We just can't ban all the stuff that can be used in a dangerous way, because then we would have to ban everything. Seriously. And if there truly are people who just didn't know that bucky balls, candles or whatever could harm children, then it still is a supervising problem and not a bucky ball problem. So... I guess all I'm asking is: please, be reasonable. And please, think in terms of real solutions. Warn the public about those typical moments of parental distraction when ALL kinds of accidents can happen, not just with bucky balls. Teach people how to think about childrens' safety and how to check their own place for potentially dangerous situations. This could prevent many more accidents than those few with bucky balls involved. Also, millions of people like me could still enjoy bucky balls in a completely safe and healthy way. Thank you.
Sunday, 8.12.12 @ 10:54 pm
My boyfriend purchased some BuckyBalls for me. I received them today. I'm a college student, and he purchased them for me to help relieve stress. The box clearly says "Keep Away from All Children". If a product is clearly labeled as such, I feel it is completely the parent's responsibility to keep such a product out of reach of small children. Don't punish the company of an amazing product for parental negligence.
tanya wojtowych
Monday, 8.13.12 @ 3:38 am
Bucky Balls and the rest of Bucky products are some of the few creative, original and well made toys left. I have bought 10-15 sets and everyone has loved them. If you want dangerous--buy your child some hand held game. They will lose touch with society, gain excessive weight and kill any creativity that may have existed. THAT is dangerous! Please reconsider your definition of danger. Thank you! A very over-protective mom
Gerhardus Retief
Monday, 8.13.12 @ 1:02 pm
There are a lot of dangerous toys out there with the same type of warning as buckyballs. Please do not take such a great toy away. Parents should be held responsible for what they do with their toys after reading the clear warnings not the company.
Matthew Beggs
Monday, 8.13.12 @ 3:31 pm
These are for adults such as myself, 35 years old. I work in a car dealership and there is a lot of downtime some days. They are a fantastic adult stress toy and my customers love to use them while I run around and getting their cars ready.
Monday, 8.13.12 @ 3:44 pm
Here's the email I sent to the chairwoman of the CPSC.... As a conscientious, level-headed, and responsible user of Buckyballs (spherical rare-earth magnets), I am appealing to you to please ask you to reconsider your stance on this product. I have used these magnets for almost 2 years and I can attest to Maxfield & Oberton’s transparency in regards to the potential dangers this product may pose. Of course in this moment we are talking about the size of an individual magnet, and how that can lead to swallowing of one magnet by a child, posing a more serious health risk if a second is swallowed at a later time. This is a very serious concern, although I feel the company has made it crystal-clear that this not only SHOULD be avoided, but HAS to be avoided. On top of that, any user of these magnets knows to keep this product away from electronics, as magnetics can disrupt the function of any device. Another warning displayed clearly. Sure, used improperly, Buckyballs can have adverse effects. Can’t the same be said for gasoline and flammables? Can’t the same be said for alcohol? I feel the duty is to inform the public on the potential dangers of a product, and you are to step in to force a recall when the PROPER use of a product leads to safety hazards due to some defect. Properly using Buckyballs, gasoline, or alcohol will not cause damaging side effects. Using them improperly (swallowing Buckyballs, ingesting gasoline or using it to set fires, binging on alcohol) can be unsafe. The onus of responsible and proper use of any product is on the informed consumer. Should cans of compressed air, used to clean electronics, be banned because of the improper use of huffing? Should we take Robitussin off the shelves because some people choose to improperly drink an entire bottle for a “trip?” A vote to remove Buckyballs is a vote to remove any product sold in this country that is unsafe with misuse. That, unfortunately, would mean that every single product sold in every type of marketplace would have to be recalled. Markers: can be huffed or ingested. Rope: can choke on it or trip and fall. Golf clubs: one can be hit with them when swung. Washing machines: someone could climb in and get hurt, or one could tip over if not installed correctly. The list goes on and on. Thank you for your time and consideration.
T.L. Collins
Monday, 8.13.12 @ 5:16 pm
I can't find a phone number or petition to tell cpsc that they are way out of bonds here. Please forward me that info. I must not be hitting the right spots on either site.
Steve Brower
Monday, 8.13.12 @ 5:48 pm
I, too, am a huge supporter of BuckyBalls and I have to echo some of the comments of others. BuckyBalls are clearly marked as not for children and you are warned not to ingest or inhale these little guys. It is pretty bad when the American Consumer must be warned not to use items like Preparation H, hemeroid cream, orally or as Nick Stager said in his comments on 8/8/12, "don't stick your hands next to the moving blades" of a lawnmower. Some things are common sense, which it is clear that the average American Consumer doesn't have by the CPSC's decree that these ADULT toys are dangerous. Do you require firearms manufacturers to put a warning on their guns that it isn't safe to clean the barrel of their gun by using the tip of their tongue? You might want to have them put a warning on there if it isn't already... I'm giving thought to licking the barrel of my shotgun just to see if it works better. Just kidding, I have common sense to tell me that's a bad idea which is the thought that I would have thought to be employed with BuckyBalls.
Krista Denn
Monday, 8.13.12 @ 7:01 pm
This makes no sense to me. Latex balloons pose a far greater hazard to children than BuckyBalls do, at least if you compare actual deaths caused by the products. The CPSC seems to fine with continuing to market latex balloons, with a warning of their dangers printed on the packaging. (and you only get that if you buy balloons in a package, heaven help you if buy the pre-filled kind!) And balloons are a product which are specifically intended for use by children. So why target BuckyBalls, a product meant for adults (with several warnings printed on the packaging) for extinction, while still allowing latex balloons to be sold for use by children?
Jeff Powell
Monday, 8.13.12 @ 7:38 pm
I feel bad that folks need to blame others for their mistakes. I have home cleaning products that have fewer safety labels then Bucky Balls. I feel a lapse in responsibility should not be placed on a company, but should be talked about in counseling sessions. A death off anyone is hard to deal with, but a child is even harder. Please do not blame the manufacturer of a product that is not for children to play with. I think it is a lot like gun laws. Don't leave them laying around for children to get to. You don't see any safety warnings stamped on a gun do you? Please do not blame others for a death,when the ultimate responsibility is unfortunently yours. That's the simple truth! Keep out of reach of children, not a children's toy..........I get it, why can't you.
Quentin Durrstein
Monday, 8.13.12 @ 7:38 pm
So if you can ban things that cause injuries to children because people refuse to follow warning labels, then why havn't they banned fireworks, knives, medications, lighters, matches, bicycles and most everything else to include fast food, moving around even bedding like sheets and blankets? with everything there is some risk and we can no elliminate it totally so a reasonable balance needs maintained. Banning these ignores that balanace and is just an example of how the government goes after the smaller companies because big ones have the lawyers and lobbies to protect them.
Monday, 8.13.12 @ 9:12 pm
These are some of the best and most fun time wasters anywhere. Just use common sense and dont put balls in your mouth!
Monday, 8.13.12 @ 9:30 pm
Just called Nancy Nord.Her office said that she was the dissenting vote when it came to suing about BuckyBalls. If you call he please make it a call of thanks.
Raphael Avital
Tuesday, 8.14.12 @ 12:42 am
I just emailed the five commissioners the following: Dear Chairwoman Tenenbaum, Commissioners, The main problem with your unconditional ban of the product "BuckyBalls" is, that you do not offer the manufacturer any kind of mitigation options. They have offered to address the problem by adding and highlighting safety warnings on the packaging, both internal and external (which already contains several clearly visible and highlighted warning notices), they have offered to cooperate with you in any way possible and follow any guidelines you might issue, but you have simply slammed the door on them, and expect them to simply disappear and their business to simply die. Is that sensible? Does that serve the public? Is the product essential or absolutely necessary to anyone? No, it's not. It's a product designed purely for the amusement of adults and young adults. So are bicycles. How many young children are injured or killed every year by bicycles? Or for that matter, skateboards, skates, birthday party balloons, baseball bats? Should you receive reports of a spike in complaints about any of those products injuring children, will you simply ban them and expect all the manufacturers to go out of business? Where do you believe that power comes from? Which part of the Consent of the Governed do you believe grants you this unilateral authority? When the batteries of iPods heated up and burned or exploded and caused severe burns on the bodies of young children, did you order Apple to stop selling the product and simply disappear from the marketplace? You are not serving the public with this kind of muscled deafness towards manufacturers who have shown every honest intent to cooperate with you. All you are doing is killing a successful business that was eager to cooperate with you, and never challenged your authority. In this day and age, that is the exact opposite of public service. Sincerely
Ben Braver
Tuesday, 8.14.12 @ 3:59 am
I'm a reasonably-intelligent adult, able to read product packaging and understand it. Are you going to tell me I cannot have a desk toy because you think I might inhale or swallow it? I don't have kids. What's the problem?
Tuesday, 8.14.12 @ 3:45 pm
You should not ban the product of Buckyballs as I have been playing with them for 2 years and I have a 10month baby that I keep them away from. Just because there were less than 3 dozen of incidents doesn't mean that the other millions of people have to suffer the banning of the product. I hope you do not ban the product of Buckyballs :)
Tuesday, 8.14.12 @ 3:55 pm
Just bought a set and EVERYONE in building stops by to check them out. When I tell them the story of how the CPSC is trying to ban them people are amazed! How clueless do you have to be to let your kid near them! Use some common sense!
Dan Walker
Tuesday, 8.14.12 @ 6:08 pm
This is absolutely absurd. You are banning a product that has a clear warning that it is dangerous for Children. That is saying that every product with a warning to keep away from Children should be banned...It clearly states a warning. I mean look at Nick Stagers comment. Just because parents aren't responsible enough to keep this away from parents doesn't mean that we should ban a product.
John Huntington
Tuesday, 8.14.12 @ 8:25 pm
When I first saw a news report of the CPSC going after Buckyballs because of chocking hazards for children. My initial thought process is, if you use this logic than almost everything has to be banned that is dangerous to children. The question should be, what parent would give something like this to a small child? As a father I know better and there are warning labels to keep stupid people from making a big mistake. I am really disappointed in the CPSC wasting their recourse on a this issue when it shouldn't even be a issue, they should focus instead of all those toys coming from China that is full of lead paint and other toxins!
Amy Watson
Tuesday, 8.14.12 @ 9:31 pm
Let adults be responsible for their own choices. Maxfield & Oberton have clearly demonstrated responsibility by placing SEVERAL warnings on their products' packaging and by not allowing toy stores to carry Buckyballs. The company has done its part to keep Buckyballs out of the hands of children; why are the parents who choose to ignore these clear warnings and allow their children access to the product anyway not held accountable? Please don't let a few irresponsible people deny us a great product like Buckyballs.
Kristen Ugrin
Tuesday, 8.14.12 @ 9:58 pm
Please reconsider the ban on buckyballls. Parents should take responsibility to keep this creative, fun desk toy away from there kids. As a willing customer, I should be trusted to make the decision about buying a product and then hold the responsibility as a parent to keep them away from children. The package is clearly marked. We don't need government to take away our Bucky balls!!
Tuesday, 8.14.12 @ 11:15 pm
Note that Nancy Nord and Anne Northrup have both been on the side of business owners for a long time now. It's the other three--Tenenbaum, Adler, and Wolfson--who should be getting your emails. The CPSC goes three-and-two on every vote, split firmly along party lines.
Matt Berman
Wednesday, 8.15.12 @ 2:58 pm
Well, it was nice having freedom while it lasted. I'd like to know how exactly this is a "free world" when the government can tell us that it's illegal to buy little magnets because some idiot kid may eat them. The simple fact of the matter is that no matter how much hand-holding you think you can provide, it will never be enough to replace parental common sense; and even that isn't enough to prevent kids from hurting themselves. Stop the hand-holding. Hold parents responsible for caring for their children. Don't try to take the job up for them as a governmental organization.
Wednesday, 8.15.12 @ 5:26 pm
one time i tripped over my own feet and broke a tooth, my arm and dented a jag...please govt dont take away my feet!
Name Withheld
Wednesday, 8.15.12 @ 9:05 pm
I work for a large company that sells BuckyBalls as well. I was really sad to read about this today- absolutely ridiculous. It's the parents responsibility to keep the child safe from hazardous materials. Any number of things in this world would seriously harm a child if ingested- if that's the grounds for ruining a successful business, then we might as well shut down anything else that presents a potential danger as well. I'm so sorry to hear about this guys. I really hope that things turn around for you.
Tyler Gantzer
Wednesday, 8.15.12 @ 11:26 pm
I love these things and they help me pay attention in school (I have ADHD and ADD) and it would suck to see them taken away because I love the things.
Thursday, 8.16.12 @ 12:36 am
Buckyballs are definitely one of the most unique and fun desk toys. Hammers are a great tool, but when seeing the sticker on my hammer "do not hit you head with it, can cause injury" I know not to hit my head with a hammer. Buckyballs say in 5 places and pretty much everywhere that this is not for children. So do hammers. Dont give a hammer to a child because the child just might drop it upon another child of him/herself. Logic. Cheers!
Joyce T
Thursday, 8.16.12 @ 1:15 am
The warning is very clear that these are for adults the fact that the law changed to 14+ being adult rather 13+ should not keep you from selling this product you just should be required to put a sticker over the old warning changing it to amend to the current law... not ban your product. As a long time educator of young children I completely advocate your product with the understanding it isn't for children. There are a LOT of things in this world that aren't safe for them. If they ban you from selling buckyballs they should have to ban EVERY item that is not ok for 3 year olds right? Even if there is a label... time to retire U.S. coinage.
Gail MA
Thursday, 8.16.12 @ 4:31 am
Bucky Balls are a great toy but like anything out there, there can be danger. You eat with a fork, you could poke your eye out, kids play with marbles, they could swallow them and choke, come on, this is being carried way too far. Don't regulate all of our businesses like this, most people are intelligent people. If you keep going like this, you will regulate all of us out of business and keep taking this country down the tubes!
Ryan kahan
Thursday, 8.16.12 @ 3:32 pm
Texting whilst driving kills thousands each year, should we ban cell phones, or better yet cars?? stupid people will do stupid things, you cannot protect everyone from everything!
chiari johnson
Thursday, 8.16.12 @ 3:47 pm
Why are they trying to bully buckeyballs...there are many different products on the market that have caused more issues however, they are allowed to stay in business, example BALLOONS, CIGARETTES...CAUSE MORE DEATHS AND INJURIES AND THEY ARE ALLOW TO CONTINUE MAKING MONEY...WHY??? are they attacking buckeyballs...WE LOVE BUCKEYBALLS....
Heidi Johnson
Thursday, 8.16.12 @ 4:52 pm
I am 53 years old. I have just purchased my second set of Bucky Balls. I love them. I keep them out of the reach of any small children. I follow directions. As a parent, I have learned to give our children age appropriate toys. Now my children are adults and we are anticipating grandchildren. I understand that we will, once again, need to child-proof our home and put away and make safe ANY toys or items that could potentially harm a child. I hope that the CPCS will consider the responsibility that belongs to parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters or anyone who has contact with little children. It is OUR responsibility to decide what we bring in to our homes and expose our children to. I don't like guns. There have been far too many children killed accidentally or purposefully with them. However, it's my choice to not have them in my home. The next person may choose to do so, and that is his/her choice to make, so long as they are responsible with the proper storage and use of them. That's all I have to say. Thank you for taking the time to read my message.
Bonita Jalon
Thursday, 8.16.12 @ 5:54 pm
I think Bucky Balls are a great product and am angry our gov't wants to ban them. What's next? Will I no longer be able to purchase razor blades? And I am very disappointed in the retailer where I first purchased them who has quit carrying them. I ordered more online just now and plan to quit this merchant!
Thursday, 8.16.12 @ 7:05 pm
Not only am I a Bucky Balls customer but I also work in an establishment that sells the product. When getting our first shipment of Bucky Balls we were told several times by the company to read their product information. Lots of details and requirements about the ADULT toy. And its restrictions against us selling the product to anybody under the age of 16 years old. Since the novelty company I work for targets adults 18 to 45. Not one set of these magnetic balls have been sold to a minor. It is sad when the hard working people of America are punished and told they are not aloud to buy a product because of the mistakes of parents that shouldn't be purchasing this product for their child. The product clearly states ADULTS ONLY!! So the faults of others have clearly caused problems for those of us that wish to hold on to some of that child in all of us. By being able to buy a desktop toy for ADULTS.
Carlos Barreto
Thursday, 8.16.12 @ 7:36 pm
Ever since being introduced to them by my brother-in-law, Buckyballs have totally become an important means of expression for my friends and I. We have a bunch of sets on our fridge that get reconfigured daily into all sorts of 2D and 3D designs. Friends will grab a handful and the next time I walk by some awesome image or design will have popped up on my fridge. We will just stand around talking, teaching, and one-uping each other on the complexity of the design or shape. The same brother in law that introduced me to Buckyballs sends me awesome pictures of mosaics he's done with Buckyballs (which I might note, he is careful to keep away from his 4 young children). I understand the visceral desire to protect the kids... but you can't take away an artist's paint thinner because of fear that a child will drink from a tin of it. If you have small children, then either exercise caution or remove them from the house.
Brandon Bryce
Thursday, 8.16.12 @ 8:59 pm
I have purchased several buckyball products for myself and other co-workers as a desk toy. Everyone enjoys playing with them and most comment at how relaxing they are just to roll around in your hands. These and other similar product are not intended for children which is why there is a warning on every package.
Don Natale
Thursday, 8.16.12 @ 9:00 pm
The attempted ban of Buckyball desk toys, which are nothing more than magnets, is absurd. Like many items marketed to adults, these can be dangerous to children. It is an adult's responsibility to keep them from children, just like countless other objects around the house or office. Conversely, there are many toy items for children which are hazardous to adults. Adults tripping on blocks or slipping on marbles, and every medical operation facility has a record of all kinds of cylindrically shaped children's toy items which needed to be surgically removed from the bodies of adults. The point is that many items are dangerous when misused. This is why warnings exist. Just because dumb people ignore the warnings doesn't give you the right to wield your authority against a non-faulty product, and even if you technically have the power to do so it is an irresponsible use of your time as a taxpayer funded consumer protection agency. Intentional consumer negligence and misuse does not indicate any fault with a product. Serve us properly by spending your time and resources protecting consumers from truly faulty, mislabeled, or dangerously defective products. Buckyballs are none of these things.
Scott Voogd
Thursday, 8.16.12 @ 9:20 pm
As a high school science teacher, three are countless applications for older students to use buckyballs in a learning environment. Knives are dangerous in a small child's hands, and I don't see you banging them. How is this different? Keep your dirty hands off my buckyballs!
Nancy Fisher
Thursday, 8.16.12 @ 10:15 pm
Please let us slow down and consider where the responsibility for safety really belongs. Parents, childcare providers, etc are the ones who need to know what the young children are playing with. I am a mother, grandmother and a citizen. This hysteria needs to stop. I had multiple sets that are played with by appropriately aged teens and adults. These magnets are kept in a seperate box and are only played with in appropriate areas (after all they can destroy computers, etc. too, and returned to a safe storage cabinet when done. This is the same that we do when the little ones are visiting and we back our cars out, or the older groups are shooting the bows and arrows, or air guns, or any number of activities. Even when we irrigate our pastures, we ensure the small children are safely away from the ditches full of water. The adults need to watch over the children. These buckballs are safe for the purpose they were made. An entertainment toy for individuals over the age of 14 years. Please do not stretch into trying to become the parent for this nation.
Debi Lesko
Friday, 8.24.12 @ 8:32 am
I am a mother of four children and last Christmas, I received a box of Pink Buckyballs from Santa along with 18yr old in our stockings. We have never had a problem. I showed my younger three children the danger of them, put them in a place out of sight so the kids wouldn't be tempted and we have never had a problem. Btw, my younger three children are twin boys who are nine (almost 10) and an eight year old daughter. If they were younger, I just wouldn't have them in the house because they are for adults. That's why there are whole catalogs and stores full of specialty items for *adults* We, the citizens of the United States, are tired not only of the government regulating everything in our lives, but also of the hypocrisy involved! Why is it that huge corporations get all kinds of breaks, but one small company is being put out of business by you? Stop the insanity! Everyone knows these are for adults, NOT kids! Except your organization, apparently.
Sunday, 8.26.12 @ 11:54 pm
I am a 14 yr old that bought one of the products of Buckyballs and I did not regret it when I bought it. Its not the Buckyballs company fault that some children put the magnets in their mouth. They warned people about not putting it in their mouth or give it to children. The parents should always be aware if there children are playing these kind of toys. The parents should be blamed of this incidents because they did not look after there children very well.

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