Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Stop Buying Chinese Imports

Toys R Us sold baby bibs contaminated with lead that were made in China.

Mattel has recalled 19 million toys contaminated with lead that were made in China.

Kipp Brothers recalled children's necklaces and jewelry contaminated with lead that were made in China.

China has also exported contaminated pet food and contaminated toothpaste to the U.S. in the last half year.

Maybe a consumer-driven boycott of goods made in China would be a helpful way to send a message to the Chinese government and Chinese industries that poisoning people in order to keep prices down is not a good business practice?

You have touched on one of my pet peeves -- the fact that the words "quality control" apparently don't exist in Chinese. I have been stung by underwear cut for the circus fat man yet sized 'large', and slipper socks one of which had been sewn for a child, also labeled 'large', both purchased at WalMart. In addition, earlier this year, it took three months and four tries to get a working hobby tool from a Hong Kong dealer.

I call it "the coolie tax" because it's money you and I waste due to the inevitable consequences of paying people spit and basing their income on quantity rather than actual satisfactory product. Some years ago, I bought a Chinese-made ceiling fan; the installation instructions were written and drawn by someone who had never seen an installed unit, and had shown a critical metal plate upside down. Once I figured that out, the blades turned out to be un-balanceable, and it eventually went to Goodwill.

I could go on. If anyone wants to start a movement to boycott Chinese products, I'd be happy to sign up.
I heard Stephen Moore (Club for Growth, WSJ, CNBC) say tonight on Hardball that anybody who calls for a boycott of Chinese goods is a "protectionist" who wants to close the border to imports.

To which I say, "Yes - we want to protect ourselves from shoddy, dangerous goods."

The list you offer is a nice cross section of the kind of crapola China exports, kicksiron. These days, it's hard to know where to go to find stuff that isn't made in China. It's a shame the U.S. stopped manufacturing stuff and went full-time into the real estate and film-making businesses.
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