Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Another Recall

In two weeks we have seen three product recalls for products made in China. These recalls beg the question what’s going on?

There are several theory’s floating out in the media ranging from China trying to kill us to a coincidence that the products have been found in the past few weeks and products from China are safe. Both theories seem equally far fetched in my opinion.

China realized a long time ago that Americans want the highest volume at the lowest cost no matter what the quality. That is exactly what we have been getting. Does no one but me wonder why products that were made in the 40’s and 50’s are in fantastic shape and things made in the last 10 years are falling apart. I realize that material things do not last forever, but it seems to me that with advances in technology material goods should last longer than they once did. I can have a pair of jeans that my grandfather wore to work in the fields 40 years ago in fantastic condition – but the jeans that I purchased last year have lost the original shape and are coming apart at the seems. Something is wrong with that picture.

We have a major problem on our hands and it has been ignored for some time because it is going to cost us all very dearly to fix it. We depend so heavily on foreign factories to make inexpensive low quality products that when the US starts making toothpaste again and we have to pay $8.00 a tube there is going to be a huge backlash. Not to mention we do not have the labor sources that we once did, most Americans do not want to work for $9.00 an hour.

The most alarming question is who is to say that if the products were made in the US the quality would be better. Sure harmful materials like lead based paint would not be used but would the quality be better?

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