Thursday, September 06, 2007

Stomping Out Made in China Crap

The Chinese are known for many great things. There is the Great Wall of China, the beauty of their traditional dragon dances, and who can resist fortune cookies?

But lately, there has been a lot of product recalls – all made in China.

Everything from toothpaste, toys, dog food, even cell phone cover plates has been recalled because of health and safety issues. These issues are a direct result of cheap labor costs – which is why big name brand name companies like Mattel have been going to the far East for their manufacturing.

Cheaper labor costs in China make it more cost effective for companies to have their products manufactured in China, shipped to North America, and then sold. Or at least that is how it was – with all these recalls, it probably costs more to do business with China. Imagine all the money lost in recalling the thousands upon thousands of products.

Problem is, often these recalls don’t come into effect until the products have been in our hot little hands for enough time to cause some serious damage.

Hundreds of dogs and cats died across North America before the pet food was recalled. A dog or a cat is not a person, but when they are a member of your family, their death is felt just as deeply.

What happens if and when people do start to die because of the crap coming out of China’s factories?

How many people must die before someone takes some sort of action to stop it?

I don’t know about you, but I refuse to be one of those people who will die for some big name company too cheap to use quality North American labor practices.

Hard working, dedicated Canadians lose their jobs, so that some company executive can drive a Porsche. Meanwhile, those jobs that go to Chinese factory workers produce crap unsafe for sale in North America.

I will not die so someone else can drive a Porsche.


I refuse to buy made in China crap. That’s what it really is – crap. It is actually worse than crap, but this is a somewhat family-friendly blog.

If I see “Made in China” or anything of similar nature on something, I’ll put it back where I found it. I won’t ever knowingly purchase made in China crap again.

Though there is so much stuff made in China these days, it is pretty hard to stop all products from getting in. I suppose I’ll just have to wing it and hope for the best.

But maybe, if enough of us boycott anything and everything made in China – maybe eventually the evil executives will learn.

Maybe – just maybe – they will stop in their fancy Porsches and realize that their bottom line is down.


Yeppers – squash the enemy. And when thy enemy has been squashed, stomp mightily upon him, screaming your victory cry. . .

Sorry, got caught up in a war movie on television.

But stomping out made in China products isn’t a bad idea. Not a bad idea at all.

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