Saturday, December 29, 2012

Letter from Chinese Laborer

Here is more about working conditions in American-owned manufacturing in The Peoples Republic of China. . . .

http://shine.yahoo.com/work-money/letter-chinese-laborer-pleading-help-found-halloween-decorations-202400773.html

Did you receive a lot of "made in China" items for Christmas?  Makes me wonder if anything  is still made in the USA. . . .?

justin

11 comments:

Richard said...

At least one product is still made in America--the mighty VitaMix blenders. You have seen them in action in your local McDonalds, Starbucks, bar, and wherever you buy smoothies. Absolutely the most horse power you can buy in such a product. They are not cheap-mine cost $375 and it's not the top of the line--but they last forever! Made with pride in Ohio.

J said...

Did you see the Atlantic article two months ago about the slowly reviving American manufacturing base? As Chinese wages rise, we become more competitive. "All things are flowing, sage Heraclitus says."

JustinO'Shea said...

"Praise God from whom all blessings flow. . . ."

the Old 100th

Gary Kelly said...

I bought a stick blender the other day for $22... made in China, of course. But if it had been $375 I couldn't have afforded it. Therefore no smoothies. I live on smoothies and pureed stuff, and will until my gums heal and I can have dentures fitted. There are probably thousands if not millions of people like me who depend on cheap goods. It doesn't excuse sweat-shop labor but it's another side to the story.

However, as J points out, Chinese wages are rising and western manufacturers are now becoming more competitive. I watched a program on telly recently about Chinese millionaires and billionaires... the nouveau rich... and the success of modern Chinese industry. They commented on the rising wages and how the only way to deal with the added expense is to improve manufacturing techniques and technology. Better working conditions and higher wages are here to stay.

Gary Kelly said...

Incidentally, the same thing happened in Japan during the '50s when I was a kid. Japanese manufactured goods were considered cheap and inferior. Names like Toyota, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Onkyo, etc were weird to say the least. But it didn't take long for Japan to become one of the world's leading manufacturers with quality second to none. And the wages? Yep, up there with the rest of us.

Coop said...

My parents just bought a kia. Dad's only problem with it is that it's not an "American" car. The thing was put together in Georgia. Ford pickups, complete with a sticker saying they were built in Michigan, have parts sourced from Mexico.
My point: What is "made in the USA?"

Yes there are products made over here. And I've read that real American manufacturers are having trouble getting publicity.

Gary is right. People like stuff that is cheap. Sometimes they can't afford it otherwise.
For me, it depends what the product is I don't bother shelling out for name-brand toilet paper.




RADICALJOE said...

I know the world needs each other to the point of helping the other guy have a decent way of life, but we have
come down from our way of life that we were spoiled to. Maybe God wants it that way. But the last George W. Bush taunted Congress to sign the WTO treaty and has sent our country into the mess we are into as of now. I knew at the time what our future would bring, and so it has. Is seems that our country was set up to be for and by the people, now it is run by the politician (CROOKS) and their interests, not for "WE THE PEOPLE".

jimm said...

My underwear were made in Vietnam. Imagine that? Who'd athunk it?

JustinO'Shea said...

Just checked mine. . they be from Bangdaleish, if you please. . .and not made by Calvin Klein or Sexist. . ho ho ho

Gary Kelly said...

Isn't this what they call globalization? I know Oz makes chocolate and coffee, but we supply less than 1% of the international market. However, they're both profitable enterprises because of their extra high quality. Ditto vanilla beans and Aussie wines.

There's more than one way to skin a cat ya know, so if you can't compete on price, go for quality.

JustinO'Shea said...

I approve this message. . hehe. .I am all for quality. .