December 20, 2014

Made in China – PR Problem?

“Made in China”  I search for this phrase daily now as I shop for my family.  When my son was only three, he would search for it on his toys and we would all joke about how everything we owned was made in China.  Now I’m trying to avoid these imported products.  I, like so many Americans have become leery of China’s goods.  Tainted milk and fish have marked all Chinese products and so even high quality  small electronics are being avoided.  Tim Somheil of Appliance Magazine writes more:

The appliance industry sources huge numbers of small electrics, consumer electronics, and even white goods out of China. The vast majority are high-quality appliances, well made, certified to international safety standards, and—because they’re made in China—they offer a cost advantage that enables the consumer to get a better product for the price.

Of course,it is a vast overgeneralization by the public to associate well-made appliances with tainted milk, but that association is reality.

China—for the good of all the enterprises that manufacture consumer goods within its borders—desperately needs to take a more honest approach. When there’s a crisis involving Chinese-made products, of any kind, the country needs to embrace that problem immediately and publicly.

Consider how pleasantly surprised consumers would be if they saw China demonstrate willingness to take ownership of a crisis, without hesitation, and provide full disclosure on the problem’s cause and scope.

And consider what the impact would be if offshore consumers saw this approach consistently. The credibility of the government as a spokesperson for the “Made in China” brand would grow—and China would get real credit from the public for its considerable product safety efforts.

Maybe the best possible scenario in the next few years is to move many consumers’ perception from negative to neutral. That’s still a huge step in the right direction for all manufacturers with “Made in China” stamped on their products.

At this point I really have very little confidence in the integrity of Chinese manufacturers.  I’m no longer incredulous when I hear of a problem product out of China – instead I sigh and hope for the safety of those effected.

Comments

  1. I have been disappointed with the quanity and quality of China made products for years. Yesterday, I used for the first time, a heavy fry pan that I purchased and was “made in China”. The handle is so heavy that it will not sit flat on the stove burner. I had to support the handle up with the right sized cup under the handle to keep the fry pan on the burner. I really feel “enough is enough” with all the “Made in China” crap. The other week I was looking at a fur jacket and I couldn’t believe it too was made in China. I want to go back to Made in the USA.
    We as a country have lost so much of our craft trades, such as shoe makers, clothiers, etc. We’ve over-stepped helping other countries and have not encouraged the trades of our heritage to pass on to our next gererations. It boils down to pure “greed”. Money once again has taken over quality and pride.

  2. Mary Brandeberry says:

    I agree avoid all products from China. I found out the hard way and am stuck with a faulty microwave that can’t be used. Microwave is GE and made in China. Warrantee was susposedly good for one year, and if problems occur I was to take it back to the place of purchase.
    The place of purchase would not honor the warrantee since I was past the 90 day limit. Microwave is 20 weeks old. I was told to call the company. GE GE stated that they do not repair, sell parts to or take back the model in question. (Made in China) They would send me a complimentary card. I was to go out and purchase a new mircowave, and then send a copy of the new sales receipt and the card back to the company. In return once I received the card, I would be a check rebate of the amount which I spent on the faulty GE Microwave. If I don’t purchase a new microwave and send them the information I will not get the purchase price back. I am on Social Security and can not afford to replace every appliance that is faulty to get my money back.

  3. I would like to buy a Toaster but each one I see is so cheaply made and “made in china” I refuse to buy it fearing it will start a fire! What are we Americans to do? We always made quality products and now are reduced to the crap coming here from china.I am so sick of what is happening to our country and there is not a thing we can do to stop this insanity.I absolutly refuse to buy junk from china.Please if anyone knows of an American made toaster I would sure appreciate the Info
    Thanks,Maureen

  4. I recently replaced a toaster that worked for over 20 years… so did not keep the box or receipt on the new one. After 2 weeks of use the thermostat malfunctioned and became unsafe to use. It was made in China. So I went in search of a not made in China toaster… could not find one in any store no matter the price or name-brand. So bought new toaster #2, but kept the box and receipt… had to return it… thermostat malfunctioned after 2 weeks. Same problem with toaster #3.. and returned it. I am on China made toaster #4 and just over 90 days and the thermostat malfunctioned (I swear they must have a huge warehouse of defective thermostats.) next toaster will be a used one that was not made in China. I do like toast for breakfast or I would just go without one.

  5. China is immoral and takes no responsibilty. It is knowingly send us defective items covered with cadmium and lead paint

    A couple of months ago we bought a Frigidaire electric stove. Within two weeks the heating element in the oven began overheating turned bright red and burst into flame!

    I went online to find a replacement part, which we installed, and the same thing happened two weeks later. After looking at it, my son (who is training to be a fireman) told me to stop using the cooktop as well, as the wiring is all fried on the back. He said it’s a fire hazard. Unfortunately we have nothing else to cook on, and I’m still paying for our dangerous stove that was- – you guessed it- – Made in China, and sold at Sears.

    To add to this, we Americans are sending them our money by buying their products. We are supporting a system that is the biggest human rights violater on the planet. Thousands of Falun Dafa practitioners have been killed for their spiritual beliefs. People who practice Falun Dafa just meditate and try to be good people, but the leadership in China will not leave them alone.