Perhaps these things don’t spark your interest. Maybe you’d prefer to support a less corrupt government, fair wages, clean environment, and intellectual property rights. Throw in product quality and it almost seems to be a no-brainer, right?
But everything in made in USA is more expensive… We simply can’t compete with Chinese prices… Americans don’t want “those types” of jobs… Aren’t those the typical excuses we hear?
It’s time to set the record straight!
Bottom line up front… Chinese manufactures create products. Cheap, cheap, cheap. American manufactures can produce higher quality products for less money—it’s true! Don’t believe me, read on for details and explanations (and my personal commentary, of course).
China’s declared government is a communist state. There’s no real debating that fact. To make it a bit worse, they’re a communist state that has the ability and desire to aggressively intercept one of our military aircraft.
The USA is a republic. Some might call it us a democratic republic, federal, or presidential government, but in any case, we elect our leaders under the rules of our constitution. And we might not be perfect, but we’re far better than communism. We might have a president that is so self-absorbed he takes less than 20 minutes to return to the golf course after publicly speaking about an American citizen that was murdered (beheaded) by a foreign adversary, but he won’t be president after the next election. That’s part of the right of Americans—to choose to kick out lazy, self-absorbed leaders and attempt to elect a true leader. Whew, that’s out of the way.
According to a 2012 Huffington Post article, the average salary of a factory worker in China is only about 6% of the average salary of a factory worker in the US. Chinese workers, on average, work 12 hours a day simply to try and make a livable wage even though they're more than three times a likely to suffer a workplace fatality. I, for one, call that slavery!
Speaking of workplace fatalities, let’s discuss China’s health care system a little bit. I read a few articles (linked bottom) and determined a few things discussed there. They have a national health care system that tries to cover everybody in the nation—and this is important, because we’re heading for the same failures. Doctors get paid based on the services they provide. Since some services pay more than others (and some services don’t pay at all), doctors essentially pick and choose which services to provide. If it’s more cost efficient to amputate rather than save a limb, they amputate. If you want a good doctor, you’ll need to provide some extra cash… essentially, you need to give a bribe. Since the national health care was instituted in 2009, doctor’s wages dropped significantly, so doctors rely on hongbao –the extra cash you pay out of pocket.
This is one of my fears with our own national health care system recently enacted.
As far as the environment is concerned, the US is far better off than China. For one, we care. I can’t say for certain that the Chinese government doesn’t care about their pollution levels, but it’s not looking good over there. The top ten polluted cities in China are about 10 times worse than our top ten polluted cities. To state the facts according to The Washington Post, the World Health Organization considers any pollution more than 10 micrographs per cubic meter of PM2.5 to be dangerous. China’s worst city is 155.2 compared to our worst city of 18.2. There’s even some arguing that the Washington Post was extremely kind to China with their numbers. China has routinely reported numbers over 300—that’s REAL bad!
Finally, intellectual property rights are arguably the single largest issue for American sell-outs (was that harsh?). Forbes makes some recommendations on how to protect yourself, but they’re tough and include manufacturing pieces in different facilities and keeping the important manufacturing processes contained.
I always get a kick out of Coach Handbags knock-offs from China… The original is made in China too, so does it really matter? I mean, if the same manufacturing plant is making the real bags and the fake bags, who cares? If K’Nex construction toys, made in USA, started seeing Chinese knock-offs, I’d think we’d see the difference (some companies have websites on how to tell the difference between genuine and fake?).
So let’s discuss some of the common thoughts…
Everything made in China is cheaper—Yep, most likely. Cheap labor, cheap materials, cheap, cheap, cheap!
Everything made in USA is more expensive—Nope! You know I wrote the book on this, right? The Rodon Group, maker of K’Nex claims “Cheaper Than China Pricing,” and they’re not alone!
Business Week claims that for every dollar required to manufacture in the US, it costs 96 cents to manufacture in China, before the cost of transportation. Add transportation and, well...
Essentially, if you’re under the impression that American made is more expensive, you’re under an old-school of thought. Wake up!
And lastly, Americans don’t want “those types” of jobs. This one actually causes a bit of a problem. Not because Americans aren’t willing to work, but because we’ve been told over and over that China is taking our jobs and “those types” of jobs won’t be around anymore. If you’re graduating high school trying to figure out what to do with your life, you probably aren’t looking to enter a career field you’ve been told won’t be around in a few years. We need to change that change of thought. The jobs are here, but they need skilled workers.
Answer? Remove the stigma associated with trade schools. Take a few months to learn a trade and you could start earning $20/hour fairly quickly. There’s a lot of people who spend 4 years in college and are sitting with thousands of dollars in debt earning much less.
So, Chinese products are cheap and American products work. Support American businesses and American-made products. Please.
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