This is a rush transcript from "Your World with Neil Cavuto," November 20, 2007. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Well, speak of the devil, as parents do find themselves on the front lines of this toy battle, my next guests are trying to help them with this Web site they have just launched full of toys not made in China. Kelly and Andrew Menger are founder of NMCtoys.com.
KERRY MENGER, CO-FOUNDER, NMCTOYS.COM: Thank you.
ANDREW MENGER, CO-FOUNDER, NMCTOYS.COM: Thank you.
CAVUTO: How does this work? What are you featuring on the site?
MENGER: We are featuring are U.S.-made and European-made toys, primarily wooden toys, and all the paints are non-toxic.
CAVUTO: How do you know?
MENGER: We have independent testing on several toys that we have on our sites. And a lot of them are water-based, and they're local.
CAVUTO: What kind of toys are we talking about?
A. MENGER: We're talking pretty much classic toys. You're talking toys that we grew up with, the wooden trains, wooden cars, dolls, all manufactured here in the States. And we have manufactured in Vermont, Pennsylvania, overseas. We have some European toys. We have...
CAVUTO: Where from Europe? Where from Europe?
A. MENGER: Germany. And — and we also have another one that we're working on from Spain.
CAVUTO: Now, are these toys more expensive than their Chinese counterparts?
K. MENGER: They are. They are more expensive, yes.
CAVUTO: A lot more? Really?
A. MENGER: They are slightly more expensive. They have a slightly higher price point.
CAVUTO: What is a slightly higher point?
A. MENGER: In the $20 to $30 to $40 range. So, I mean...
CAVUTO: OK. But, on a percentage basis, we're — that's — I don't mean to badger the point, but that's the one thing you hear, that parents who want to get toys that are safe will have to pony up maybe 20 percent to 30 percent more for them.
K. MENGER: Correct.
CAVUTO: Is that true?
K. MENGER: Yes.
A. MENGER: That is a fair assessment.
CAVUTO: That is a fair assessment?
What happened with the whole China thing, to begin with? I mean, if there was a breakdown in communication across the board, from the toy manufacturers, to the wholesalers, to the Chinese themselves, how are you so sure it won't happen here?
A. MENGER: Well, we — we just wanted to provide an alternative to consumers, you know, a place to go and turn to.
China, it's — it is a fascinating country. I believe that the supply chains are getting thin. And perhaps, with just far-flung manufacturing, perhaps it got away from a few folks. But, you know, we just want to provide an alternative. And — and — and Chinese goods do have a place in our homes.
CAVUTO: All right, now, Kerry, you have what, a 2- and 4-year-old?
K. MENGER: Two-and 4-year-old, yes.
CAVUTO: Two-and 4-year-old.
Now, kids these days are getting pretty sophisticated. You know, they — we might say, hey, the wood trains are great, but now they might look askance at that. What if kids just look at this, say, hey, I prefer the leaded stuff?
K. MENGER: Well, a lot of — for example, our wooden trains are compatible with other train systems. And my children love them.
K. MENGER: They really love them.
CAVUTO: So, it is OK?
K. MENGER: Yes.
A. MENGER: It is OK.
K. MENGER: Yes.
CAVUTO: All right, guys, two concerned parents who decided to do something about this.
Great seeing you both.
A. MENGER: Appreciate it.
K. MENGER: Thank you.
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