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An American in China

Chinese Quality

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 7, 2011


Come to China, the good news is all the goods are cheap, come to China the bad news is all the goods are cheap.
China has a different definition of quality. In a country where the typical shelf life of a consumer good is equal to that of a peeled banana I guess I should not be surprised, but I am.
Lined up here you see the latest fatalities from a recent soiree to a local store. The Chinese ever so cost conscious, have perfected the art of making steel with the thickness and tensil strength of tissue paper and plastic that not unlike that secret spy ink you used as a kid, disappears a few minutes after use. So I get home, start to clean and this is what happens, the handles on Chinese goods, I forgot are mere adornments and not meant to be ‘used’ in any conventional sense. When a modicum of pressure is applied to them they disintegrate. I guess I should not expect more, after all, this is China.

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