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ironpony

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every product out there is copied. there is a company making chainsaws that parts directly interchange with Stihl.
And one of the components to blame is the US consumer who wants everything NOW and CHEAP.
 

SoCal Racer

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every product out there is copied. there is a company making chainsaws that parts directly interchange with Stihl.
And one of the components to blame is the US consumer who wants everything NOW and CHEAP.
I learned while working for a company that did manufacturing in China that they are very good at knocking off products, but typically do so with inferior materials and processes. Still, along with a huge labor force there is a lot of talent, and they are not stupid. They could do all the engineering required if given the time, but its easier to skip that step, "misappropriate" IP, and rush a product to market just to start making money. It really comes down to a matter of business ethics, and not all people in all places share the same standards.

Another thing I learned years ago is that most of the time you get what you pay for. Consumers who buy based on price alone have contributed significantly to this problem; but so has the disposable nature of most products. Use it up, throw it out. Doesn't have to last forever like the products your parents or grandparents bought because it's cheap enough to be replaced and has no intrinsic value. But American consumers could really make the trade war sting by consciously considering a product's country of origin before deciding which product to buy.
 

glofria

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I confess to have Chinese made products on our race car. Namely, Red Horse Performance Fittings and have had great success with them. Granted we worked with the marketing director on this project who had a very long successful career on introducing the brand to the US market. The Aussies make some great parts too. Same as in South Korea where they cast aluminum and steel Ford 427 blocks and heads (soon to introduce 392 Hemi blocks and heads).

Some may not consider that there are many American Quality Control Specialist working in China on different products, so some are fine. Just less expensive. My job takes me to Vietnam once a year to visit a Tier 3 Boeing Subcontractor that makes body panels for the 787. There I meet up with Quality Engineers for United Technologies base out of San Diego.

My point is that the average consumer will in fact take pricing into consideration over product origin. But, as the old saying goes. "Know who you're buying from."
 

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