17 thoughts on “October 4, 2015

  1. One thing I’ve noticed about a lot of products made in China is that the packaging and advertising use other countries along with a string of buzzwords to draw attention away from the fact that it’s made in China.

    Things like
    “German Engineering”
    “Swedish Design”
    “Italian-style Leather”
    “Japanese Innovation”

    They’ll print that in the same size as the rest of the text, but “MADE IN CHINA” will forever be microscopic.

  2. “china (n.) “porcelain imported from China,” 1570s, short for Chinaware, China dishes, etc.; from the country name (see China).”

    • Technically, china and porcelain are the same, at least on a chemical level and, apparently, according to the dictionary. However, if you held them in your hands, you would realize immediately that they are not the same. Porcelain is heavier and more dense. It doesn’t feel as fragile, and in fact it isn’t. That’s because it is cooked at a much higher temperature.

      You can also use the exact same ingredients to make blueberry muffins and blueberry pancakes, but few people would say they are the same thing. It’s all in how you cook them.

      • No, not really.
        “Porcelain can informally be referred to as china or fine china in some English-speaking countries, as China was the birthplace of porcelain making” – that’s it. The same thing.

  3. Or the ever popular “Made in the USA” from “Imported Materials.” Sort of defeats the purpose of making something stateside.

    Like Oreos. Made in Mexico with USA ingredients — have to love corperate America sometimes…

    • Almost anything that’s fairly complex will have materials from elsewhere. I think it’s more important where it’s made. So I’d be happy to see more merchandise described that way. Better than just all “Made in (insert foreign country here)”.

      • “I think it’s more important where it’s made.”

        Not always. Many focus on where cars undergo final assembly. But there’s more money in the making of the parts used.

        • That’s one of the reasons I love Toyota, about 75% of all Toyotas sold in the US are truly US made. More than 75% of the parts are made in the US and they are assembled in the US. 😀

    • Then they will complain about the cost. Everybody says online that they’re willing to pay more for American-made products, but the real customers who come into our store aren’t, not when they see how much more it is (for the few things we have).

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