The CPSC says 11/13 firms have agreed to stop selling magnet spheres, but is quiet about the fact that the 11 hold a minority marketshare in the magnet sphere industry. Maxfield & Oberton (Buckyballs)
This aggressive administrative complaint served by the CPSC follows the viral statement that Zen Magnets founder Shihan Qu made, publicly refusing the CPSC's voluntary recall request on http://ZenMagnets.com. The statement gained an audience of fifty thousand in merely twenty four hours on reddit.com. In a forum of over six hundred (http://goo.gl/
However, public opinion continues to fall on deaf ears at the CPSC despite the most severe negative public reaction in the organization's history. Commissioner Adler mentioned in a CPSC webcast on Aug 9 that he has recieved over one thousand emails from people asking why magnets are being targeted instead of higher risk products such as balloons. The consumer watchdog group, which rarely recieves public backlash, also faces a petition with over two thousand signatures at http://savemagnets.com; signers hopes to pressure the CPSC into pulling the administrative complaints against Buckyballs and Zen Magnets and retract stop-sale requests sent to manufacturers and retailers. Over forty letters have also been published on the ZenMagnets.com website, written by supporters. Additionally, Congressman Charles B. Rangel has sent a letter (http://goo.gl/
If the Consumer Product Safety Commission succeeds in the Administrative Complaints against Zen Magnets and Buckyballs, rare earth magnet spheres will be more difficult to purchase than live ammunition in the US.