Monday, February 8, 2010

Apparently the "Made in China" stigma is well known amongst the younger generation

My little one who's six likes to look to see where things are made. She had a mechanical pencil or something and it was made in Japan. She goes, "I don't believe it. Finally something that isn't made in China, it's made in Japan. Well, I guess this pencil is safe to use." I about died trying not to laugh.

Now to be fair, obviously products made in China are not all bad.  I mean really,   But the mistakes that have been caught were life threatening mistakes, and news like their recalled products  travels fast, far, and wide.  Unfortunately, it's quite difficult here in the states to find products that aren't made in China.

Fortunately, you don't have to buy stuff made in China, but it is rather difficult. Sara Bongiorni's family tried to live a year without purchasing products made in China.  As she reports, this is not an easy feat by any means.

Why? Because women like this gun slinger, as nice as she may be, are taking our jobs and our children are aware, and they are aware of what products these factory workers are producing.  And hopefully, by the time they get old enough to be consumers and entrepreneurs and whatnot, things will have changed drastically.


JamaGenie said...

Greed, pure and simple, is the reason American companies and big box retailers first began importing everyday products from China. When that didn't make profits fat enough, many built factories there, thereby controlling the price of products from factory to store shelf.

There's something totally *wrong* when it costs "American" retailers less to make, then ship, goods from the other side of the Pacific rather than from within the U.S.

Personally, I would rather see "Made in China" on a label than "Assembled in the U.S.". The latter tells you nothing about where an item's parts or its ingredients originated. I was thrilled beyond belief last month to buy three pieces of kitchenware labeled "Made in the USA". The thrill was short-lived, however, when I put on my glasses and read the fine print that "made" really meant "assembled".

Closing that loophole in Truth in Labeling would re-open hundreds of factories in the U.S. and put Americans back to work.

cindy letchworth said...

Love the comment by your daughter. Smart one there!

I've been noticing a few "new" countries other than China these days on products. Maybe one day we will see more made in the U.S.A. ...wouldn't that be nice!

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