China Prefers Made in the USA

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    Nov 16, 2012 11:30 PM GMT
    Irony. I wonder if there will be Americans protesting jobs moving back to the US... icon_wink.gif

    http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2012/11/14/chinese-willing-to-pay-more-for-made-in-usa-goods/

    More here:
    http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2012/11/15/china-prefers-made-in-the-usa/
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    Nov 17, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
    American manufacturers are starting to move production back home for another reason: It's cheaper. Some companies are finding that after taking account of rising labour costs , shipping costs, translation requirements, quality control and other production costs in China, it is more economical to make things in the US than in China.
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    Nov 17, 2012 2:10 AM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidAmerican manufacturers are starting to move production back home for another reason: It's cheaper. Some companies are finding that after taking account of rising labour costs , shipping costs, translation requirements and other production costs in China, it is more economical to make things in the US than in China.


    Another thing to factor in is prototype being good, but once mass production quality of product isn't. Sunbeam electric fireplaces was a glaring example.

    Nice black metal wood-stove looking fireplace. Once mass produced - metal replaced with black lacquered particleboard, heating elements full of sawdust (fire hazard), intense fumes from black lacquer used in faking metal.
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    Nov 17, 2012 2:27 AM GMT
    riddler78 saidIrony.
    What does ironing have to do with it? Are you saying we make better irons than China? icon_eek.gif
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    Nov 17, 2012 2:33 AM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidAmerican manufacturers are starting to move production back home for another reason: It's cheaper. Some companies are finding that after taking account of rising labour costs , shipping costs, translation requirements, quality control and other production costs in China, it is more economical to make things in the US than in China.




    visit Dongguan Guangdong or read Factory Girl

    and u will know China is still the world's harbor of cheap goods.

    admit it. US salary is about 6-10 times higher than chinese salary.
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    Nov 17, 2012 3:09 AM GMT
    NorthChinaLi said
    Ex_Mil8 saidAmerican manufacturers are starting to move production back home for another reason: It's cheaper. Some companies are finding that after taking account of rising labour costs , shipping costs, translation requirements, quality control and other production costs in China, it is more economical to make things in the US than in China.




    visit Dongguan Guangdong or read Factory Girl

    and u will know China is still the world's harbor of cheap goods.

    admit it. US salary is about 6-10 times higher than chinese salary.


    Lower wages isn't the equivalent to productivity (output). American salaries are still considerably higher but they also use far fewer people for the output created because of the investment in machines, etc.

    There remain a lot of issues with Chinese labor as well. In the past it was possible to throw labor at an issue but that's not really the case any more... we'll see it get better but that's why we're seeing a rebalancing of some goods and that's what normally happens.
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    Nov 17, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    meninlove said
    Ex_Mil8 saidAmerican manufacturers are starting to move production back home for another reason: It's cheaper. Some companies are finding that after taking account of rising labour costs , shipping costs, translation requirements and other production costs in China, it is more economical to make things in the US than in China.


    Another thing to factor in is prototype being good, but once mass production quality of product isn't. Sunbeam electric fireplaces was a glaring example.

    Nice black metal wood-stove looking fireplace. Once mass produced - metal replaced with black lacquered particleboard, heating elements full of sawdust (fire hazard), intense fumes from black lacquer used in faking metal.


    The problem here isn't China - the problem is companies that move production to China and cut costs in other ways. You can really good high end products for a lot cheaper (a lot of examples in furniture) or you can also get expensive crap - it's all in how things are specified and what you're trying to achieve.
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    Nov 17, 2012 2:26 PM GMT

    "The problem here isn't China - the problem is companies that move production to China and cut costs in other ways."

    They had contracted out the product completely to a Chinese manufacturer via an offshoring firm.
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    Nov 17, 2012 4:16 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidAmerican manufacturers are starting to move production back home for another reason: It's cheaper. Some companies are finding that after taking account of rising labour costs , shipping costs, translation requirements, quality control and other production costs in China, it is more economical to make things in the US than in China.
    I have heard that another reason is that US executives don't like recieving phone calls at 3 or 4 AM from one of their factories in China questioning them about company policies or production. I know that is a minor reason but who likes to be awakened at 3 or 4 in the morning by a ringing phone.