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Maybe the cheap stuff from China isn't so swell after all

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by JR, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. JR

    JR Active Member

    The fundamental law of economics: there's no such thing as a free lunch.

    First there were the counterfeit electronics. Then there were the counterfeit prescription drugs. Then there were the massive recalls of children's toys.

    Now, there may be problems with almost half a million defective tires manufactured in China.

    It's cowboy capitalism over there right now and the fundmamental problem is a scary one: there are no watchdogs.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/27/business/worldbusiness/27tires.html?hp

    “This is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Oded Shenkar, a professor of management at Ohio State University and author of “The Chinese Century,” referring to the spate of recalls and problem products from China. “We’re going to see more and more problems with Chinese products because there’s inadequate oversight in the manufacturing process. I’ve even heard about counterfeit car brakes being made there.”
     
  2. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    That's a great thought: counterfeit car brakes.
     
  3. JR

    JR Active Member

    That one kinda leaps out, doesn't it?

    Yeah but they're $10.00 cheaper than anywhere else.
     
  4. Pastor

    Pastor Active Member


    Doctors have recently begun more vigorous lead testing on children. Because of the amount of toys produced in China, and the paucity of oversight, there is reason to believe that lead poisoning could return.

    Remember, toothpaste from China was killing people in Mexico and South America.
     
  5. JR

    JR Active Member


    Part of the problem is that a lot of stuff like lead-painted toys aren't ending up in Wal-Mart stores but in the ma & pop dollar stores that have overtaken the retail landscape.

    Despite their numerous faults Wal-Mart does make regularly visits to the factories of major suppliers to ensure that the manufacturers are being compliant. Doesn't change the fact that they're still the Evil Empire.
     
  6. Mayfly

    Mayfly Active Member



    I always get thrown off by your typing in blue font.
     
  7. JR

    JR Active Member

    I think Pastor's world view is basically sarcastic so he leaves it on permanently.
     
  8. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    [blue]That's not funny[/blue]
     
  9. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    The thing is ...

    We should be demanding our retailers inspect the quality of the goods themselves, and we should be holding them accountable.
     
  10. JR

    JR Active Member

    Nope.

    It's the manufacturers responsibility. Always has been, always will.

    You cannot expect a retailer to inspect thousands of goods from hundreds of suppliers. It's logistically impossible since they have no knowlege of the individual manufacturing processes.

    The only time a retailer would be held responsible if they continued to sell an article that had been deemed dangerous or they failed to obey a recall.
     
  11. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    But wouldn't it be interesting if a massive goods retailer, for example, was discovered to be purchasing products from a segment of manufacturers that it knew or reasonably should have known to be harmful, and it did nothing to discourage or stop said activity. It could be the motherlode of lawsuits.
     
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