Originally posted by docj1a:
There was an article written in the Wall Street News several months ago about the cost of products made in the USA vs China. 10 years ago, the savings for consumers was a 25% difference. Today that savings has shrunk to only 4%. Increased wages, benefits, tariffs, etc., that the Chinese workers are receiving, have cut into the bottom line. That is not much of a difference in money spent by we the consumers. I personally would like to see production done in this country and have the money spent benefit people in this country. Bring it home again.
Just recently I had direct dealings with a software supplier from Beijing. I was looking for a copy of Adobe Photoshop to do some work for a friend. I found on Ebay a copy of this code at a very reasonable price, so I ordered it. I had no idea that I was doing business with an overseas supplier. It turns out that the software was a knock-off and the serial number furnished with the item did not enable the installation. I even contacted Adobe to complain and they searched their database and told me that the product was not theirs (surprise!). So I went to Paypal and disputed the charge and after 6 weeks of dickering I got my money back, less shipping charges to Beijing.
I understand that price advantages are starting to narrow. But I also understand that certain unscrupulous suppliers try to hide behind distance and the language barrier. Just imagine trying to return an item to an address rendered in chinese chop characters. Amazing!
Let the buyer beware!