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In Reply to: RE: Chinese Product Bashing posted by Inmate51 on January 12, 2017 at 08:38:30
I blame a company Sam Walton touted as the original "Made in USA" retail store which was turned into the extreme opposite by those who did not follow his philosophy. Sam Walton would turn in his grave if he knew what happened to Walmart. To blame China for the things that are involved the global economy is a limited view. If not China, it happens elsewhere. Perhaps next it will be Africa that will provide low-cost prices in the future. Based on how many parts made in China that are involved in the production of various audio gear, what dictates what made in North America or the EU really means at this point? To a certain degree, I consider a Chinese product of good quality to be an option that can be purchased at a wholesale price point, while a North American or EU product must be worthy of its retail price, even though Chinese parts may be fully involved in its manufacturing process in order to be worthy of the extra expense. At this time, I fully enjoy Chinese power supply units and DACs with only a margin of consumer guilt due to the fact that, like most western audiophiles, I would rather not purchase anything from anywhere else than my own backyard, for patriotic if not from a human rights perspective. It's an empty gesture to boycott Chinese products, since the cat is fully out of the bag, at this point.
To support American (or western) companies whenever possible (or feasible) is not an empty gesture IMO. I don't think of this as a boycott, but rather supporting your community, similar to buying locally.
I agree Walmart has a lot to answer for.
I understand it's not an empty gesture to buy locally, in fact it's very respectable and I try to contribute to high-minded notions including buying organic products if not only to support the salvation of small business farmers, who might otherwise go out of business if not for the support of a more expensive marketplace that provides a profitable living income for those involved. But like the typical added expense of organic products, I can't always afford to buy premium-priced audio devices, but I don't hold-back in buying premium audio products when I can not only afford them, but when they offer outstanding performance that's worthy of the extra expense. In many but not in all cases, you often get what you pay for.
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