you know you are only getting what you paid for.
Btw: Isn't Target for poor asian kids?
I have two electric space heaters: a Lakewood oil radiator
and an AdobeAir oscillating ceramic heater. Both
are many years old -so I can't speak for the newer
models However, my LakewoodModel 7000/A electric
oil radiator space heater still works well with the
exception of one bad power level lights
(it is very old and the least expensive of the
two units). The AdobeAir, Inc Model C300000
has also worked for years but I don't use it too
often - it has its own floor stand. Both can operate
from 600W to 1500W. Both were made in China.
I inherited my Lakewood oil radiator from my
father when he passed away - my guess is that
it is about 20 years old. The AdobeAir unit is
about ten years old.
The chinese export market is price sensitve
but currently it is not quality sensitive.
This is because the general market is more
or less price sensitve not quality sensitive.
Much of that is due to the rise of
big box retailing and how it has put significantly
greater price pressures on manufacturers in
I'd check consumer reports next time
before buying an applicance if I were you.
Wrt to when will export quality rise?
We look at Japan as an example.
The quality of Japanese manufactured goods rose
when its society became more affluent and more of its production
domestically consumed rather than exported abroad. As Japanese
became more affluent, they affected the quality of the goods
there - often test marketing japanese manufactured goods before
being exported abroad. For example, japanese hybrid cars were
tested in Japan before being exported to the USA. Thus it is not
influence of export consumer but the domestic consumer that is key
to raising the quality of exported chinese manufactured goods.
As Chinese consumers become more affluent ( i.e. there
are more rich chinse kids in China) they will consumes and
demand higher quality goods and products from chinese
manufacturers. Eventually the effect of this demand for higher
quality within the domestic market will trickle down to export
I just went upstairs to check my old Lakewood
and found out that my Lakewood radiator was
made in the USA (Illinois) not China. My bad.
Amazing how it still works, too. :-)
I expect that as the chinese manufacturing
sector matures - more chinese manufacturers will
start to do more independent research and
product development which eventually lead to
chinese manufacturers dictating higher levels
quality. Big Box retailers whose primary focus
is just price will start importing from other
countries, where they can dictate price.
The quality of Japanese products and affluency rose when the
workers were unionized. Which was also their downfall,
costs became too high so that production found Southeast
Asia, then India. But Japan's improved technical education
allowed them to move into high technology production where
better margins moved them from quantity to quality.
SE Asia didn't do the tech education thing right and lost
out to China. India is now loosing some markets to China,
high tech education is there, yet to see how they go. They
are exporting a lot of their educated.
> Exactly, there are thousands of companies in China that
> only have the capability of crankin out crap. There are
> also thousands of companies in China capable of making top
> of the line anything.
China likes the aroma of success, but can the government
handle success and their people. If so, the unionization
and market outpricing can't be far behind. There seems to
always be someone ready to fill the need for low cost
> We get what we pay for. I think your
> dissatisfaction should be directed at the parent
companies > who clearly ignore quality control.
The companies are providing exactly what the market demands.
That's the only way any business stays around.
You ARE the market, you determine what is made, at what
price. But you could be in the minority, for the time
being. Or simply buying at the wrong place ;-)
-larry / dallas
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