Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Katamari Prime, Jan 12, 2010.
You'd think we'd have learned:
Yeah, can't say I'm surprised...remember the Aqua Dots, Pixos scandal...?
Here we go again... items from China tainted with hazardous stuff... when will they ever learn?
I've heard about this story yesterday on the news.
Anything's fair in paint and jewelry making, when we will we reopen some factories and control the manufacture of our products? I know, just had to say it...
Therein lies the problem. When manufacturing is put into another country's hands due to low costs, things like this are bound to happen.
First lead, now cadmium. Well... crap.
I know what you're saying..however, those low costs the manufacturer's CEO's and owner's were after will hardly be worth it in the long term, when there's only a few people left with good paying jobs who will buy those "cheaper" products!!
Consumers have to have $$ and jobs in order to buy, no matter where the products are made..USA or abroad.
I don't see how this is the fault of the Chinese dudes.
I'd hardley expect folks on the other side of the planet with a completely different language and culture to know all the byzantine western safety laws that actually exist, let alone ones that don't. If anything, its the fault the company that contracted them for not giving them accurate requirements and/or having non-existent quality control.
Except none of those folks would be able to afford anything because they'd have to work for next to nothing or everybody will have pay much higher prices for the goods to justify the cost of manufacturing them in the US. The former is barely any more use then having the people unemployed, the latter would have massive and very undesirable effects on the wider economy.
The only real solution is to keep exploiting the cheap foreign labour and move the economy away from industries with low margins, you can't hide it away within your own borders and pretend that the rest of the world doesen't exist. It took us 30-odd years to get the message and sort it out, i'd hate to be in charge of doing it in a country as big as the US, China or Russia.
Gawd knows what will happen when the cheap labour runs out, but we'll all be long dead by the time that happens.
Well, at least we won't have to worry about our children's disney jewellery undergoing nuclear fission, I suppose.
Its enough on the subject, except to say, I'm not blaming China or other cheaper foreign labor, I blame the US companies, their "management" and the US government and citizens for not policing the export of jobs in the first place..that's all.
I'm gonna put you on blast, on MTV
of how you poisoned children, with some Cd.
That's Lazy-Unfaire Capitalism. You don't want to pay what stuff is really worth or you want large margins profits, this is what you risked.
Stopping the export of jobs would do the economy more damage then good, it'll just make domestic businesses unviable against foreign competitors. The only way that can work is by subsiding them and controlling imports, but thats counterproductive since the taxpayer foots the bill and it drives out foreign investment. Plus it screws over the world's poor even more because it distorts the market against them, as is already the case with basic farm crops.
Yep. Everybody loves Capitalism when they get what they want, but they're quick to moralise or bury thier head in the sand as soon as they see the costs.
Unfortunatly, its the the only system that really seems to work and it isn't going to change until somebody works out a new one that everybody agrees on and can't be messed up by our inherent greed.
Why do the Chinese hate us so much?
The same reason we hate them. Because we're/they're different.
Does this mean I have to give up my favorite necklace?
No, you should keep your bacon inspired necklace!!
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