Does made in China mean junk?

Like many Americans, I have assumed that a product that is “Made in China” is poor in quality. Recently, I’ve been rethinking this assumption. In fact, many high quality products are also manufactured in China these days. All Apple products – computers, iPhones and iPods – are manufactured in China. And many respected Japanese electronics companies have shifted some production to China.

This made me realize that Chinese manufacturers can make both high-quality and low-quality products. So why do we have the perception that “Made in China” means poor in quality? Because China is frequently the lowest bidder. If a company is looking to make cheap products, it is almost certain that the products will be manufactured in China.

Thus, most junky products are made in China. But it does NOT follow that most products that are made in China are junky.

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