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#11 SCP

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Posted 13 March 2009 - 08:00 AM

I'm guilty of sending a large portion of my businesses' money to China and to everyone's surprise it's not a personal choice. My customers demand it, not by saying "I want Chinese products" but due to the fact that domestically-made plumbing supplies cost two to three times what a Chinese-made import does. The contractors and homeowners are just not willing to pay the domestic price and therefore, in an effort to keep cash flowing, I am forced to funnel import products into my inventory.

It's cheaper for a company in the US to manufacture a product in China and ship it halfway around the world to distribute within the US than it is for that company to get a local manufacturer to create the product. It's ridiculous.


I'll tell you what else, in our industry (material handling equipment), Chinese equipment used to be pure poo 10 years ago. Now, they are making quality product for cheap. They used to make the best Fart Cushions, now they are making damn fine lift trucks.

#12 mantal

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Posted 13 March 2009 - 08:10 AM

I'm guilty of sending a large portion of my businesses' money to China and to everyone's surprise it's not a personal choice. My customers demand it, not by saying "I want Chinese products" but due to the fact that domestically-made plumbing supplies cost two to three times what a Chinese-made import does. The contractors and homeowners are just not willing to pay the domestic price and therefore, in an effort to keep cash flowing, I am forced to funnel import products into my inventory.

It's cheaper for a company in the US to manufacture a product in China and ship it halfway around the world to distribute within the US than it is for that company to get a local manufacturer to create the product. It's ridiculous.



That pretty much sums it up...

#13 Darth Biscuit

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Posted 13 March 2009 - 08:30 AM

I'm guilty of sending a large portion of my businesses' money to China and to everyone's surprise it's not a personal choice. My customers demand it, not by saying "I want Chinese products" but due to the fact that domestically-made plumbing supplies cost two to three times what a Chinese-made import does. The contractors and homeowners are just not willing to pay the domestic price and therefore, in an effort to keep cash flowing, I am forced to funnel import products into my inventory.

It's cheaper for a company in the US to manufacture a product in China and ship it halfway around the world to distribute within the US than it is for that company to get a local manufacturer to create the product. It's ridiculous.


Same thing in my industry... the large companies are sub-contracting work to China, India and the Phillipenes and charging less than half of what we do for our services on larger projects, particularly for gov't work. We either have to do it to, or not compete at all. So far I have decided not to compete because it's too much trouble. We just focus on different parts of the market where we can still use domestic labor.

#14 Matt Foley

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Posted 13 March 2009 - 08:31 AM

:D You've got to wonder about a product whose orange residue is harder to get off your fingers that oil based paint.


Or, in cookinwithgas's case, other body parts.

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Posted 13 March 2009 - 08:40 AM

I call that move the "cheez-grater". Mmmmmm hurts so good