Tariff War Escalates, Local Toy Business Worried


STROUD TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – As the Trade War with China escalates, President Trump is threatening to impose tariffs on goods that directly impact American shoppers.

A business owner in the Poconos fears this would put her, and other small shops, out of business.

Joann Cartiglia owns The Queen’s Treasures in Stroud Township, which sells quality dolls and their accessories. With no money or college education, Joann worked hard to build this successful business. 

She smiles, “I really created the American Dream.”

But she fears that American Dream could be ripped away. “It’s just upsetting,” she says.

Joann sends her designs to factories in China, which bring her products to life. She says about 85-percent of toys sold in America are made in China.

“We have a partnership with China. They understand safety laws and so on,” Cartiglia explains.

The Trump Administration is proposing to impose a 25-percent import tariff on toys. Cartiglia believes this will harm small American businesses, not China.

She says, “what happens is, once that vessel leaves China, the possession of the items on that vessel are mine.”

Cartiglia says she cannot afford a 25-percent increase on each product, and neither can customers.

Cartiglia shows us a Mary Ingalls doll and all her accessories, which cost customers between $70 and $90 dollars. If the tariff goes through, expect to pay $15 to $20 dollars more.

“If I attempt to add even 20-percent, 15-percent more to my product, it’s not going to sell. So, I’m going to be out of business,” she remarks.

The tariff threat could also make electronics and shoes more expensive. If passed, it could go into effect as soon as the first week of July. 

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