Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Actually When It Comes To Chinese Goods The Free Market May Be Working Just Fine!

Yeah - well as more shoddy and poisoned stuff come to America from China people will just stop buying Chinese products.

Companies sending stuff to be assembled by slave labor in China will just be sued or lose tons of sales as people are deciding that they don't want:

- Lead paint and small magnets in their kids' toys (Mattel and Fisher Price),

- Poison (melamine-contaminated wheat gluten) in their pet food,

- Poison (diethylene glycol) in their toothpaste,

- Lead in their baby's bibs (here's another link), and

- Defective tires (made by China-based Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co., have an insufficient or missing gum strip, a rubber feature that helps prevent steel belts inside the tire from separating or from damaging the rubber).

Looks like quality control is non-existent, and Americans are getting pretty wary of anything bearing the label "Made In China".

As always: Buy American!


Blueberry said...

I've been seeing "Made in P. R. C" lately, and my daughter says she thinks it stands for the People's Republic of China.

Is that different or pretty much the same thing as "Made in China"? It feels like they're trying to pull a fast one.

David Aron said...

P.R.C. is the People's Republic of China. It's no different than when Russia began manufacturing products in a town called Usa and started labeling it's products "Made in Usa."

The Chinese I think will also be imposing new quality control on their products. Moreover, the execution of one of those companies' CEOs and the suicide of another should stand as an example to other businesses (albeit a very brutal Communist-style example...). The Chinese cannot afford to lose the US market, and will take measures to address our concerns.

Just remember though, the only reason their products are so cheap compared to ours is that they do not have to follow the same stringent labor laws. So, if you want to compete with China, you cannot just buy American... you have to reduce restrictions on labor in America as well.

Blueberry said...

How do we begin to reduce restrictions on labor? I hear so much about how people don't want to buy American made products because those items are overpriced due to inflated wages.

I've also been told that Americans should buy Chinese made goods because they're "helping the slave laborers in China". I suppose you could say that Americans feel that they're giving to charity by purchasing China goods.

Have you heard that twist before?

Btw, it's good to see you David!

Judy Aron said...

I don't know - there are plenty of people here who need jobs too.. the problem is that unions and government have made it way too expensive to do business here (wages, benefits, cost of regulations on business, etc.)and so many businesses are trying to cut costs by moving operations offshore - the solution is to ease regulations in our country and make it attractive to do business here again.

gary said...

Another problem with China. Companies who contract manufacturing with China are finding almost exact knock-offs of their products rolling off assembly lines with a different brand name. The Chinese government will not honor patent laws so the far east market becomes dominated by cloned goods.

Dy said...

"you have to reduce restrictions on labor in America as well."

-Well said, David. I cannot blame companies for taking their facilities elsewhere. While I wouldn't choose to do business in China, for example, there is no way I could open a factory in, say, Michigan, and survive fiscally. Between the labor union "packages", the ADA regulations, the OSHA babysitting, and the myriad other fees, "contributions", and regulations a company must adhere to, there's no way I could start and maintain a business. I cannot manufacture something for $30, which the market can only bear for $15.

But how to explain that to the very people who froth at the mouth when someone mentions "capitalism", "profit", or "corporation", or any of the other bad words in today's market? I just don't know.