This is not likely to be a well loved post. I keep hearing something that’s making me a little crazy, and I have to get it off my chest.
Made in China, Made In Taiwan, Made In India, Made in Thailand. All of these do not have to equal worse quality.
The Far Eastern factories will build to any quality that you want. If you want higher quality, it will cost you more.
I have a laptop made by a Chinese company. It’s one of the best machines on the market, made by one of the most respected companies who build computer components. I bought ASUS knowing that they make a quality product.
According to a SMG I talked to, the “German Engineered” Pfaffs (Made in China) and the Made in Germany Pfaffs are no different. He can’t see a quality difference under the hood. (Comparing a 6122 to a Select 3.0) So, at one point at least, who knows if that’s still true, Pfaff did this right. Moved their manufacturing to China, but the quality didn’t suffer. I only have German made Pfaffs here, so I have no point of comparison.
At the end of the day, the people “passing” the quality that’s coming out of the factories are the ones at fault.
Yes. It’s Pfaff, It’s Bernina, It’s Singer, It’s AlphaSew, etc.
They are the ones that said “Yes. This is good enough for my customer.”
They could have said “No, it’s not acceptable that the screw head came off the screw when it was loosened, or that this part is stamped metal, or that these 15 bobbins don’t even fit in a bobbin case, etc.”
But they didn’t.
Profits. Higher profits if you commission it for low $ and sell it for the same or more than before.
Their profits were more important than quality and keeping their customers. Keeping you.
These factories have said “We can build that for that dollar amount, here’s what you get for that.” Then the manufacturer who’s willing to put their name on it OKed it.
If you want better quality, tell your manufacturers that you’re not happy with the quality.
- Vote with your wallet.
- Write a letter. Place a phone call. Not one that says “Those chinese factories didn’t build this right”. Tell them that you expect higher quality for the dollar that you’ve spent on their product.
If enough people say no to the disposable society, it will have to change eventually.
I think it’s time to stop making “Made in China” sound like a racial slur. (i.e. “It’s made in China, what do you expect?”) And no, I don’t go out of my way to buy Chinese made product, but I don’t dismiss it out of hand either, just because it’s Chinese made. I do my research and find out if the quality of the product is what I expect, and then make my purchase.
This post brought to you by David Bowie – China Girl