From: Winnipeg, MB
I have hand tools made in Germany and made in Japan that are superb. Japanese saws are as unique as they are functional. Canada and the US are also showing quality, in making some of the older tools and newer designs.
Any country can make quality goods; any country can make junk. It's a matter of what they think the customers are willing to pay for.
Correct sir !
Further in many many industries such as the Auto Industry all the "quality parts" are subcontracted. So the water pump in a Ford / GM / Toyota / Volkswagen is actually the same part manufactured by "i.e. Magna International - somewhere". Ergo a Collision Airbag recall affects multiple brands of cars.
This is equally true in almost all durable goods. Fridges, Wood Planes, Tools, Stoves... you name it. Electronics perhaps less so where a few large factories in China South Korea Indonesia dominate the market and 'multi brand'.
Yes it has been that way. Resources, parts and finished product shipped from place of origin to another place for packaging and selling.
I worked in a very small company that assembled power seat motor frames for Fords. We then shipped these to where the seats were being assembled. Our motors were from different places in Asia. Some of same model motors were from different makers. And in some cases different motor models could be swapped when there was a shortage.
Dog food and treats are being made in bulk in one place and then shipped to various places to be packaged "Made in...".
Multiple brands of Central Air Units are made in the same factory.
Until the embargo, Japan took US scrap metal and "Made in Japan" their means for fighting WW2.
Even the consumer can do it. I have nice wooden hand planes "Made in China" that have below par metal blades. So I use German, US or Canadian steel in them.
One exception to the rule.
The English have been unable to manufacture a cuisine since the time of Victoria the 1st
The food market is one of the biggest MADE WHERE? with what?
A few years ago in one Italian bust alone, authorities broke up a criminal gang sitting on $8 million worth of fake Olive oil. Made with who knows what shipped from who knows where.
Fake olive oil - and I thought I had heard it all!
On a similar note, COSTCO was selling chicken and duck jerky treats made in China. We bought some for our elderly Jack Russell terrier and he gobbled them up. But over a period of time he began to go downhill and eventually died of kidney failure. We later learned that those jerky treats were laced with the chemicals used in auto anti-freeze to preserve them. The report said this stuff causes kidney failure, so we will always wonder if our dog died from old age or the jerky treats. I imagine it was a combination of both.
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