You Get What You Pay For

Remember when “Made in Japan” meant low quality?

Not anymore. Today Japanese products are desired even though they are often more expensive. Not so with Chinese stuff.

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U.S. regulators have ordered the recall of 450,000 tires imported by Foreign Tire Sales Inc., of Union, New Jersey and made by Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co., of Hangzhou, China, because of a tread separation problem.

The problem seems to be a missing gum strip that helps hold the tread together. At least 2 people have died in accidents blamed on the tires. The response of the tire maker….well, I can’t understand what the hell he is saying. Maybe it was lost in translation.

“This is concocted out of thin air. The structure of a tire can’t be decided by an individual. Any change in the structure requires technical assistance. Zhongce couldn’t possibly leave out the gum strip on purpose.”

Fact is, they probably did leave it out on purpose to save a few cents per tire. (this is the same China that recently gave us poisoned pet food, chemical tainted toothpaste and toys lathered in lead paint. It’s also the China that suffers constant coal mine cave ins due to poor safety standards and just gave us the forced slavery scandal in its brick kilns) Evidence suggests that Chinese manufacturers have switched materials after landing major contracts. Nearly all of the China product problems are due to switched ingredients.

The tire company disputes this of course. They say that these are false charges generated by US tire makers who are afraid of overseas competition. Of course those same US tire makers like Firestone and Cooper have set up major manufacturing plants, where? In China! Why? For cheap labor!

“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Oded Shenkar, a professor of management at Ohio State University. 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.”

Now, I don’t want to sound anti-China here. I mean, as long as the American public is willing to spend billions of dollars on cheap Chinese products (all the while bitching and moaning about American company outsourcing) and thus maintain our hefty trade deficit with this communist, human rights abusing, slave trading country, then more power to ’em. Besides, they did give us chow mein and Yao Ming so they can’t be all bad.

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