Originally Posted by taxlady
Excellent point. Why didn't I think of that? So, basically, when a Western company starts having their manufacturing done in China and the quality goes down, it's because the company wanted cheap and asked for that.
Some companies don't go to China, at least not right away. Some of the larger chain stores try to get U.S. manufacturers to cheapen their products. My BIL works as an electrical engineer for a power systems company out of Kohler, WI. When a large Home Improvement
company was looking to have their own house-brand power generators, they were in negotiations with that WI company. When the home improvement company started to ask about using smaller gauge wire and plastic fittings instead of metal, the manufacturer said they would not do it. The home improvement company had planned on making their version cheaper but charging nearly the same price as the manufacturer's own model, thereby increasing their profit margin. Needless to say, the company from WI was more interested in protecting their reputation and walked away.