Originally Posted by seatacboy
In the earliest years of electronics manufacturing in Japan, Korea and Taiwan, there were times when product quality was sharply criticized. I vaguely recall there was a time in the early 1960s when the phrase "made in Japan
" was associated with very low-quality goods. That certainly isn't the reputation associated with Japanese manufactured products today.
The staggering size of China's manufacturing sector and workforce raise questions whether Chinese makers will have the incentive to strive towards sharply reducing product defects and enhancing quality control.
If China wants to evolve, they have to move up to the standards that Japan and other countries moved to. Cheap only goes so far. In addition, the recent issues with lead paint and other toxins in toys has soured people quite a bit on goods from China. Before that, it was burns caused by cheap cell phone batteries. If that continues to be their legacy, then eventually the bad press will prompt companies to get their cheap goods made elsewhere. While I doubt we'll see an increase in the "Made in Taiwan" or "Made in Korea" label, it may well result in a move toward "Made in Mexico". With the desire of those citizens to come here for jobs of any type and the increase public outcry to keep them out, the market is primed for another slide of businesses into that region. In other words, cheap labor is literally just down the road.
The bonus? A decrease of over seas shipping and a boom to border towns where shipping depots and distribution centers would be increasingly necessary to accomidate the additional product.
It becomes a win-win situation. We avoid supporting a market that continues to show a lack of concern for product safety and reliability while providing an incentive for people to remain where they are rather than attempting to "hop the fence". In short, if the product is being made outside the USA anyway, it might as well be where we can keep an eye on it.
Originally Posted by dbsc
Interesting order of preference. Just sayin.
Korea and Taiwan were huge centers for US goods prior to the recent interest in China. Those companies tended to produce both inexpensive and reliable goods as opposed to simply cheap. Unfortunately, cheap outbid inexpensive.
Japan, on the other hand, produces reliability, but is no longer the bargain it once was. Instead of being seen as cheap, they're reflecting quality and innovation. Gone are the days of the economy product. They've become a center for premium goods instead.
Since most people shop by price first (only wishing they could shop purely by brand and features), the order isn't surprising. Of course, that mentality is what brought us to the situation we're currently in. The price club has taken over our methods of shopping and quality and service is something people only think they're willing to pay for.