The Free Trader's Blindspot Aug 22, 2009 3:33:44 GMT -6
Post by unlawflcombatnt on Aug 22, 2009 3:33:44 GMT -6
You do get more for your money, but often on a temporary basis only, as the now Chinese-made device you purchased has to be replaced more often.
My wife buys her hairdryer at a local drug store. All brands, including the store brand, are made in China. They come with a 2-year warranty. Only the store brand allows her to simply return it to the store for a new one without charge (as opposed to personally sending it back to the manufacturer with the brand names). Over the course of the 2-year warranty, we usually exchange it 5 or 6 times. The ability to exchange it at the store for a new one does make the low price worthwhile in this case. But this case is the exception, not the rule.
Many, if not most, require you to contact the service dept in India before returning it--which may require hours on the phone. And even then they may not let you return it. And even if they do, you have to take it to the post office & stand in line to mail it back, and hope the manufacturer will reimburse you for shipping. This process uses up the customer's time, which is especially bad if you work during the hours the Post Office is open. It can take several weeks to several months to get the replacement, and it usually requires that someone stay at home and wait for the replacement to arrive. It took us 6 months and 8-10 phone calls to get a window air conditioner replacement. (And shortly thereafter, our landlord told us we could no longer have an air conditioner in the window).
The point here is that the lower initial price may end up being a lot more costly than it initially appears.
Really? Air conditioners were more expensive in the 1980's when they were manufactured here?
They're more expensive NOW! Nothing has gotten cheaper (except Intel and AMD chips). Anyone who claims cheap foreign labor produces cheap foreign goods is a liar.
I agree overall. The point I was actually making is that, even the handful of foreign-produced goods that are priced less are still more expensive in the long-run, because they have to be replaced more often.
I remember when I used to build ships, I had to carry 2 crescent wrenches around on my beltloop all day. This was so I could attach and detach the an oxyacetylene burning (cutting) torch. A Chinese-made crescent wrench often didn't last until the end of the day, because it was so poorly made that the jaw of the wrench would fall off before the day was over. Even if it did make it to the end of the day, it didn't last more than a week. Thus, even though those wrenches were cheaper to buy, they cost more in the long run because they had to be replaced more often.