What should the CPSC ban next? Part 5

  • October 11, 2012

Ban Stairs!


The CPSC is alleging that warnings on packages don’t work. We disagree.


But by their logic, all kinds of things should be banned. What should they strike next?


What’s soft and comfy and hazardous all over? Your bed! It’s hard to believe that everyone’s favorite crash-pad is just that –a crash pad. Every year 1.8 million people are rushed to the emergency room from falling out of bed. How can something so cozy and delightful furnish so many deaths and injuries?


Is trying to ban beds unthinkable? Obviously! It’s what the CPSC does best!




What should the CPSC ban next? Part 4

  • October 3, 2012

Ban Stairs!


The CPSC is alleging that warnings on packages don’t work. We disagree.


But by their logic, all kinds of things should be banned. What should they go after next?


Take aim at coconuts! It turns out that this beloved tropical fruit can pack a serious punch. Dropping from branches at a velocity of 50 mph, coconuts rack up a death toll of 150 unsuspecting people every year. Not as sweet as we thought…


Is trying to ban coconuts ludicrous? Of course it is! It’s what the CPSC does best!




Thanks for having our back!

  • October 2, 2012

Looks like D.C. has some serious BALLERS in the House (of Representatives, that is!).

We’re giving these 7 members of Congress a BIG Bucky hi-five for their letter in support of our fight with the CPSC. At a time when we’re fighting to save our business, it’s nice to know someone out there has our back. Read their letter below:





What should the CPSC ban next?

  • September 21, 2012

Ban Hippos!


The CPSC is alleging that warnings on packages don’t work. We disagree.


But by their logic, all kinds of things should be banned.


Why not start the “Things to be Banned Next” list with the falsely-charming hippopotamus? This adorably dumpy, semi-aquatic mammal is anything but sweet. Coming in at over 8000 pounds of unwarranted hostility, the hippo is responsible for over 2900 human deaths every year.


Is trying to ban an animal illogical? You betcha. It’s what the CPSC does best!




Miss Inez’s Psychic Hotline can reveal your tomorrow TODAY!

  • September 14, 2012

Miss Inez's Psychic Hotline!


Is the Chairwoman of the CPSC dabbling in prognostication? Turns out she may give Ms. Cleo a run for her money.


While we at BuckyHQ have been working to stay in business and fight the CPSC’s Administrative Complaint against us, it seems that Chairwoman Inez Tennenbaum could have saved us a lot of effort. Why? You see, based on the recent timeline of our communications with the CPSC, we can reach only one conclusion:


Inez Tenenbaum actually looked into the future when deciding on the fate of our company.


Sounds crazy, right? Not so much.


In 2010, we began working alongside the CPSC to make sure Buckyballs products stayed where they belong: in the hands of responsible adults. Or so we thought. In July, 2012, through a series of events so convoluted they rival a scam on the Psychic Readers Network, we found out that working ‘alongside’ the CPSC was never part of their plan.


Want proof of CPSC’s newfound psychic abilities?


July 10th: We were requested by the Commission to propose a Corrective Action Plan to make our products safer, with a deadline of July 24th.

July 24th, 4pm: We submitted a comprehensive Corrective Action Plan with numerous suggestions concerning the safety of our products and further educating consumers and retailers. Then we waited for feedback…

July 25th, 11am: CPSC filed an Administrative Complaint and ran to the media. In the hours between 4pm and 11am, the staff allegedly “fully” reviewed and rejected our CAP, the Commissioners voted, their lawyers drafted and then filed a lawsuit.

Here’s where it gets just plain spooky…

Through a Freedom of Information request, we’ve discovered this document showing that the vote to sue our company was presented to the Commissioners on July 23rd, a day before our Corrective Action Plan was to be submitted. The vote to put us out of business was due before July 25th, giving the Commissioners or staff little or no time to actually consider our Corrective Action Plan submitted at 4 p.m. on the 24th. The vote was requested before they even received our plan.


So, how to explain this overlap of such a crucial timeline? How could the CPSC say they considered our Corrective Action Plan when they may never have actually read it?


We can only conclude one thing: Miss Inez & the Consumer Product Psychic Safety Commission can see into the future!


Call for your free reading today… operators are standing by.

Operators are standing by!




We’ll donate $10,000 to The American Cancer Society if CPSC’s Scott Wolfson agrees to a live debate

  • August 29, 2012

CPSC Communication Director, Scott Wolfson, refused our invitation to debate on TV about high-powered magnets last week. Now, we’re putting that offer out there again.




But hey, we know he’s a busy guy, so we’ll let him pick the time and the TV station. And this time, if he agrees to a discussion with our CEO Craig Zucker, we’ll donate $10,000 to The American Cancer Society to make it extra worthwhile.


Should Mr. Wolfson join our CEO for an on-air debate AND help raise money for cancer research? Call or email him to let him know your thoughts. (We vote yes…)




The REAL story behind our battle with the CPSC

  • August 27, 2012

You’ve heard about our ongoing battle with the CPSC. You’ve supported us and our “Save Our Balls” campaign by tweeting, writing on Facebook, and reaching out to the CPSC directly…and we thank you!





To our supporters and critics alike; you may not know the whole story.



We’d like to share the history and vigor of our safety program, along with an outline of how we have interacted with the Consumer Product Safety Commission over the three years we have been in business.


Our CEO has written this ‘sit-down-and-get-comfortable-because-this-is-going-to-take-a-while’ letter in hopes that you’ll have a better understanding of who we are, and why we’re continuing to fight the good Buckin’ fight.


If there’s one thing you read about us, please let this be it. .




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?