Well we can't say it wouldn't happen, but Revell Monogram has said
that they will be moving the main office from Morton Grove to
Northbrook (must be close by)they need less room, and the molds are
going to China. All of the manufacturers of cars and just about
everything else are outsourceing and leaving this country, and no one
seems to know why. Well we know why but don't want to admit it. I
don't intend for this to be a diatribe but we've done it to ourselves.
Its just strange when you look at where we can from and then look at
where we are going. Sad.
Our (MAI) next kit is being done in Hong Kong. Cast resin with decals.
On the other hand we have just made contact with a limited run injection
molding company here in the SF Bay Area, so there may be hope yet.
I agree - we've done it to ourselves, and I'll say it - nobody wants a
factory in their backyard (especially in Illinois), and then they
complain about not having a job.
Guess what - you can't have it both ways.
one thing I have noticed in all kits from the reds...dirt in the boxes...hairs
UNDER the chrome plating...one time I even found bread( I think) crumbs...dirty
greasy fingerprints on everything,inlcuding the decals...I guess the slave
labor has to eat on the job...but do they have to be so damn dirty?This never
has happened to me on kits from anywhere else,and its (another)reason I dont
send communists my nasty capitalist money.
so now its down to old kits from ebay and rareplane detective,and
tamiya,hasegawa and whoever is left in japan?
It's a shame not to keep any american money in america...I guess we can all
learn how to say"do you want fries with that?" in Chinese soon...with a Spanish
accent,let's not forget...
Yeah, I like profit too. What I don't care much for is corporations that
export jobs to totalitarian countries and away from our democracy so the
relatively few shareholders can get richer and the workers get to go be
greeters at Wal Mart at 40% of their previous salary. This process is
frighteningly similar to the Boesky/Millikin junk-bond corporate
assassinations of ten yers ago. If the jobs go to India, that doesn't
bother me--they're a democracy, after a fashion, and the water of
prosperity will eventually seek its own level. The Chinese, on the other
hand, manipulate every aspect of their economy and politics, from IP
rights to computer standards to improper labor practices. There is a
cost, just like there's a cost to shopping at Wal Mart. You deal with
corrupt organizations or regimes and you will become corrupted too.
I don't much care for the Chinese Communists myself but the more
fervently they embrace capitalism the more quickly they'll lose power.
They may not realize it yet but they've opened up their very own
Probably true in the long run. However, in the short run, Americans lose jobs
so companies can "get access" to China's consumer market. Of course, they "get
access" by moving the factory these, with mandated turn-key status, and
ultimate ownership (usually after 10 years) going local. American politicians
and company execs. call this open trade. This might be true if both countries
were equally open to each other's trade, but they are not.
Worse, we aren't even smart enough to keep duty rates on chinese goods, lest we
offend them, or slow the migration of American operations to them.
You may have noticed my extreme distaste for the unequal legal/economic/social
"trade" in which our countries engage.
I'd like to put a 'first-hand knowledge' face on this discussion about how
things work in China. I've been there and am doing just that-- having product
made in China. I've been to the factory and seen the workers. I've talked
with the owner of the factory, who speaks very good English, by the way. What
I came away with is this--
What is reported in the press about Chinese labor practices is true. However,
what they are not reporting is that it is only true in a minority of cases.
For the most part, factories compete for skilled laborers and the larger the
factory, the more benefits the workers have access to. It works much like the
old "company store" scheme, except in reverse. To keep the laborers from
moving on to greener pastures, the factory owners provide what they can in the
way of perks. From the smaller factories providing employee break rooms
outfitted with TV's, VCR's and DVD Players, along with microwaves and
refrigerators, to the larger factories offering low-cost housing, free
recreational facilities and at-cost groceries and sundries.
I asked the owner of the factory where I'm having my Mercury kit done what kind
of 'hoop-jumping' he had to do to do business with people in the US and his
answer was very surprising-- he said the government stays out of his business,
excpet when they come to evaluate if he could use more space or not. The
government actually helps him expand his facility when he needs it. This isn't
in the form of a tax break or credit, its in the form of a new building!
The manufacturing facility itself was very clean, and the workers were far from
dressed in rags. A lot of them had a Walkman or a CD player. The people in
the painting area were working at stations with forced-air ventilation-- at
each station!! You couldn't smell the paint at all!
What I came away with was this-- and I asked the owner of the factory if I was
correct in making this conclusion... The government may be Communist, the
government places no restrictions on who individuals can do business with.
Travel to and from the country is without restriction. And what is really
interesting is that they have elections for regional government positions. He
confirmed for me that the country is gradually moving toward democracy and
definitely embracing capitalism. In his words, he has never been so happy or
prosperous before. So, while the basic wage of the people working in these
factories may be way, way below what we consider acceptable, every single one
of them is very happy to have the job-- and its an 8-10 hour day, unless they
WANT to work overtime.
The country may still be Communist in some ways, but when I was there, I didn't
see any of them. What I saw is a country rebuilding and people being given
opportunities. Does that hurt this country? I'm sure it does. From my
perspective, for me to be able to start my business with the money I had, there
was no other choice. Making my products in China means I can put a model kit
on the shelf that will sell for $65. Making the same thing here, or even in
Canada, would make the same kit retail for $150 or more. The cost of my
tooling in China will wind up being nearly $70,000 and the cost of running the
first 2000 kits will be nearly $20,000. The cost of the tooling alone, if done
here, would have exceeded $250,000. How do I know?
I shopped around!
I think they already have the corruption.
OTOH we shouldn't forget that China historically likes to dominate its
trade sphere. I fear our dear executives are mindlessly chasing
short-term profits and the whole deal will come back to bite us in the
end. I take a very dim view of companies sending jobs there.
I love it. The Bush-Helliburton crowd blame govenmnent regulation for moving
their factories, blah blah blah. It's done for the almighty dollar. All we're
doing is having a race to the bottom, and the end result will be the US will
become just another third world country. Wake up, Scottie. $5.00 /day Chinese
workers won't be buying your kits. Hey, there's plenty of blame to go around.
Working people flock to Wal-Mart to buy Chinese made junk and then wonder why
they lose their jobs. kim m
Operation American Freedom-Capture John Ashcroft!
Key word is "yet".
Usually to be gobbled up or replaced by another. There is certainly one
variance, though. Gas stations. Ther are 45%+ more cars on the road in the US
than there were twenty years ago and 25% fewer gas stations.
The big oil companies bought up contracts of independent stations over the last
two decades. Claimed that they would run more efficiently without the middle
man and the prices would be lower. Some went that way for awhile, but they
closed down a great many.
Federal regulations re the underground tanks had a lot to do with it. The huge
environmental mafia push to "cure" the "problem" of leaking underground tanks
paid zero attention to the scientific facts that less than 5% actually leaked.