I have been buying electronics from China direct lately since I found
the identical products for sale for many times the cost and without
free shipping. So I am wondering how all this stuff can be shipped
free. In fact, I wonder how the stuff can be as cheap as it is, even
if labor was free. Anyway, it must be the Chinese government
subsidizing the shipping costs. Well, maybe not must but I don't see
another way it could be done so cheaply unless someone is subsidizing
it. Anyone here know?
On Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:36:41 -0700 (PDT), " firstname.lastname@example.org"
I didn't know that Dan. Are you sure that the USPS charges nothing to
deliver mail that arrives from other countries? If so then maybe the
USPS rates on mail to other countries are structured to cover the
costs of mail arriving from other countries. But wait, when I have
bought stuff from England the shipping rates are much higher than the
rates from China. And England is lots closer to us than China.
On Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 8:51:45 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote:
No, I am not sure. In fact I am wrong, I was remembering what it was like before 1969.
Try reading this.
Most of what has been said is true. Another reason for the cheapness of
these items is a way for mainland Chineese to get their money out of
China. Do you know where your payment was deposited?
They are willing to sell below their cost if it goes off shore. I
recently bought an electric jack hammer on line. It was an exact copy
of a major brand down to the metal case. The cost was appox. 15% of the
major brand. When thier contract with the major is completed they just
keep the line going. Product goed to cousin Lan somewhere, to cousin
Sung some where else, then to cousin Lee in Socal. then on line here.
The "Third Shift".
"The simplest and most dramatic form of the problem is something that Asia-
based investigators jocularly refer to as the "third shift," the "midnight
shift," or the "ghost shift." Say a U.S. company orders 20,000 dresses from
an overseas factory. The contractor fills the order during its two day shi
fts but then runs off 10,000 extra at night, possibly using inferior materi
als. Those he sells out the back door, so to speak, trademark and all."
On Friday, April 24, 2015 at 5:07:02 PM UTC-4, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
a-based investigators jocularly refer to as the "third shift," the "midnigh
t shift," or the "ghost shift." Say a U.S. company orders 20,000 dresses fr
om an overseas factory. The contractor fills the order during its two day s
hifts but then runs off 10,000 extra at night, possibly using inferior mate
rials. Those he sells out the back door, so to speak, trademark and all."
I just read that entire article, thinking all along, "who the fuck would do
their manufacturing in China after reading this?" Apparently, New Balance,
after having been burned so badly, continues to stick its corporate hand i
n the flame.
If I could buy 100% US manufactured electronics (from components to compute
rs) at double or triple the price of the Chinese stuff, I would. And I woul
d pass the extra cost on to my customers. And they would pay it. But NOBODY
MAKES THIS STUFF HERE ANYMORE. And THAT, I believe, is why the Chinese gov
ernment subsidizes the shipping (and probably the manufacturing) of these c
heap goods. How else could I buy a single Atmel chip on ebay for less than
the 1000 piece price from Digikey?
One good takeaway from this article, though, is "...From 1966 to 1976... i
ts [China's] remaining lawyers [were] sent to the countryside for reeducati
on through labor."
Maybe we could try that here. Just sayin'.
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