Become a Bucky Hero!

  • August 16, 2012

You’ve heard about our little disagreement with the CPSC.



You’ve shown your support by commenting on Facebook, Twitter, and by emailing and calling the Consumer Product Safety Commission directly.
Because of all you’ve done, you’re helping keep us in business…and we thank you!



But the fight with the CPSC is just beginning, and we need your support.



Help “Save Our Balls”, and look good doing it! For every 3 sets you buy, you’ll get a ‘Save Our Balls’ Support Kit. It’s our way of saying THANKS for being a Bucky Hero!


For every 3 sets you buy, you’ll get a “Save Our Balls” Support Kit.




How fun is that?




From the People: 2500+ comments by the people about why Buckyballs should remain for the people

  • August 14, 2012

We’ve had a huge amount of support during our battle for the CPSC. With all the Facebook comments, tweets, emails of support and comments on articles in the press, we’re overwhelmed by staggering numbers of Buckin’ feedback there’s been.



To that end, we’ve taken 2500+ unfiltered comments and put them into one awesome place.



To all of you who’ve weighed in…we give you a big Buckin’ salute!




The Toronto Sun weighs in on the CPSC’s ‘all out war’ on Buckyballs

  • August 9, 2012

Michelle Malkin recently weighed in on the CPSC’s action against Buckyballs, saying the CPSC is “waging all-out war on an innovative consumer product company in New York.”

To read Malkin’s article in support of Buckyballs, just click here:
http://bit.ly/OVaL35




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.




Thanks, Congressman Rangel!

  • August 7, 2012

A big Bucky shout-out to Congressman Charles Rangel! In a letter to the CPSC, he “implore(s) the CPSC to find a way to work with the company in order for it to continue its ability to provide novelties for adults and to continue its growth.” Thanks for joining the Buckin’ fight! Click below to read his full letter.




An Open Letter Regarding Balls to Stephen Colbert, American Hero

  • August 6, 2012

Open letter to Stephen Colbert

Dear Mr. Colbert,


Thank you for your tireless commitment to preserving our Corporation’s right to unlimited anonymous campaign donations FREE SPEECH.


In honor of your efforts and our shared love of Byzantine government regulation, my company Maxfield and Oberton (the maker of Buckyballs), will be donating $5 for every set of Red or Blue Buckyballs sold on our site before August 10th, 2012 to the Colbert Super PAC, Making a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow.


We can only hope that this donation helps keep the Consumer Product Safety Commission fully funded, so that they can continue their war against defiant dealers of adult fun such as ourselves. With the power of Colbert SuperPAC behind them, perhaps the CPSC can once and for all get rid of that scourge on our society: Magnets.


I’d love the opportunity to tell you and your viewers our story (it’s a good one). If that’s not possible, please enjoy playing with our balls—we’ve sent you some. If the CPSC has its way, you may not be able to fondle them for long.


Respectfully,
Craig Zucker
Co-Founder & CEO, Maxfield & Oberton


P.S. Our office mascot, my dog, is named Colbear. Even though he’s recently lost his balls, he hopes the rest of us can avoid such a dire fate.
Colbear, Buckyballs Mascot




Rep. Blackburn grills the CPSC

  • August 3, 2012

The CPSC had to answer some tough questions recently about why they were trying to put Buckyballs out of business.



Here’s a clip of Rep. Blackburn asking about the CPCS’s ‘hardline stance’ against Buckyballs:






Open Letter to President Obama

  • August 2, 2012

Today, in our effort to fight the CPSC, we’ve taken out a full page ad in The Washington Post appealing to President Obama and our legislators to help us save our small business. We’ve also taken out half page ads in The Hill, Politico, and Roll Call.




The support shown to us by our thousands of fans, customers and various press outlets has been overwhelming. Now, it’s time to get the attention of the people in Washington. We need those in power to listen to our appeal and to do the right thing. We need their help to Save Our Balls!



You don’t have to live on the Hill to get the inside scoop. See what we’re saying to President Obama and our legislators here, and be sure to visit www.SaveOurBalls.net to learn about how we’re standing up to the CPSC.



Thanks for your continued support. We really do have the best Buckin’ fans in the world!


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Open Letter to President Obama:
Help Our Small Business Be Treated Fairly

 

Dear President Obama:

 

I know that you support small business.

And now I need your help to save ours from being shut down by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).


In 2009, I started our business, creating a product called Buckyballs®, a stress-relieving product marketed online to adults. The national media raved about Buckyballs® and from a two-man startup we became the most popular adult gift brand in just three years.Our business exceeded every expectation an American entrepreneur could have had.

Now, the CPSC has sued us, alleging our products are defective because sadly a handful of children, out of millions of units sold, have found and misused them. What is particularly unfair is that the CPSC preemptively contacted our retailers and intimidated them by asking them to “volunteer” to stop selling our products, effectively dismantling our retail business in just a few days. The CPSC issued a press release that most retailers and the general public interpreted as saying that our products had been banned, when in fact they are still perfectly legal to sell. And the CPSC did this all before even legally serving us with their lawsuit.


We never had a fair opportunity to defend our products, company, or safety program.


Over the past two years, the CPSC didn’t dispute that our products had the proper warnings or safety program in place and even acknowledged that our products are safe for adults and should not be given to children. In fact, they have commended us for our warnings, safety program, and educational website: www.magnetsafety.com. But suddenly, the CPSC says that warnings aren’t good enough anymore and they simply want us to go out of business, thereby eliminating the jobs of our employees, sales reps and some retailers.


The same agency that relies on reasonable warnings for many other products in the marketplace now believes the American public can’t be relied upon to heed the warnings on our products.


The CPSC can’t have it both ways.


Our products have five warnings repeated on the packaging and instructions.


This absurd contradiction would seem to undermine the CPSC’s reliance on warnings for numerous other products that cause far more injuries and even deaths every year. Products such as balloons, button batteries, ATVs, fireworks, drain cleaners, detergent pods and many, many others that are potentially harmful yet remain for sale with warning labels.


Not only does our vigorous safety program work, but it surpasses that of many other products and industries.


We do not understand why our products, marketed exclusively for adults and with so few injuries, have suddenly been raised to the very top of the CPSC’s action list to become the target of the first litigation of this type filed in 11 years.


It feels unfair, unjust, and, well, un-American.
We will fight back vigorously. But we sure could use your help.


Our adult customers and online community of hundreds of thousands of supporters love our products and don’t want them taken away by the CPSC.


We ask for your help in ensuring that our products are treated just like any of the thousands of others regulated by the CPSC that are potentially harmful if misused and yet are allowed to be marketed, so long as they bear a proper warning label.


It’s just not right, Mr. President.
Thank you in advance for anything you can do to ensure we are treated fairly.


Respectfully,

Craig Zucker
Co-Founder & CEO, Maxfield & Oberton




Buckyballs Supports Our Troops

  • August 1, 2012



This month, we’re saluting our men and women in uniform by sending 5,000 sets of Buckyballs and Buckycubes to U.S. troops overseas through SupportOurTroops.org.


It’s our way of saying, “thanks for protecting our freedom!”.



“Buckyballs and Buckycubes relieve adult stress and help inspire fun, and clearly no one deserves that more than the brave men and women who are serving out country abroad,” said Craig Zucker, Founder and CEO of Maxfield and Oberton.





Supporting our troops and providing much needed stress relief while we’re at it. How fun is that?




Thanks for the Buckin’ Support

  • July 31, 2012

Wow, our fans our awesome!

We’re overwhelmed by the outpouring of tweets, Facebook posts, emails and phone calls that all say, “Keep Buckyballs in business!”.


We’re also incredibly moved by the great response from the press!

Check out what they’re saying:



The Huffington Post says:
Banning Buckyball Magnets Is Statistically Ridiculous and provides this handy chart as proof!



Businessweek follows up with:
This is why we can’t have nice things.


GeekMom over at Wired suggests:
7 Things to Ban Next


Michael Tennant at The New American says:
it’s not farfetched to believe that the agency’s latest move is aimed at putting the company out of business.”

AND…

Head Baller, CEO Craig Zucker, gets some one-on-one time with Rush!