China Crap  

I do not know why the Americans would ever need fear Chinese military superiority.

If China was to go to war with America I am certain that within one month of the conflict, most of the Chinese soldier's boots would have fallen part, half their rifles will have stopped firing and 60% of their bombs will fail to detonate as designed. - If they used their own products!

Well sure, I am exaggerating - but you get my drift.

Now I know the products that I purchased from China are cheap in comparison to those that are made in the country that I live in (AU) BUT I always reasonably thought that this costs differential was as a consequence of:

  • the Chinese government holding down the exchange rate of the Yuan. - (1/6 of the the AU value); and
  • Chinese workers being paid an abysmal wage in comparison to their efforts. - (1/10 of a comparative US worker).

In the beginning I though this was the bases for their cheapness, I never realized, that these Chineese products were also cheap because they're were made with crap materials.

The materials in the products manufactured in China is not just lower quality, they're absolutely crap quality.

Apparently paying your workers almost nothing and having the government artificially hold down your exchange-rate is not sufficient inducement to becoming wealthy members of the party, you actually need to dishonestly manipulate the quality of the products you produce as well..

Everything from the the plastics through to the glue,the composition of the metals, concrete and the fibre products is just crap.

And I really can't blame Chinese workers from not having pride in the products they produce. I certainly wouldn't have any pride in working for anybody that was deliberately and mercenarily exploiting me.

1 kilo of rice in Au is AU$1.52 in China is AY$0.44c. A ratio of 1 to 3.5 - but with an income 1/10 the AU income they pay 1/3 the AU cost of living.

Is this a bit simplistic - Yes but this is not the point of this web site. This site is about exploring the real consequences caused from China products that are just plain Crap.


Let me explain why


Perhaps the 'Chinese Products' situation it’s not entirely based on greed and exploitation. Perhaps it is a cunning strategy to destroy the economy of Western societies for purposes which are not yet entirely clear but perhaps global dominance by China may be the front runner.

I have yet to encounter any economist in my country who understands the destructive nature, to our the economy, as a consequence of these Chinese products.

I’m not here talking about the destructive power of dismantling the labour markets and exporting job by the import of cheap Chinese products I am talking about the insidious undermining of the framework of the economics upon which my country’s stability relies.

Let me explain using Australia's example.

In the world of economics one of the major fears stressed by economists is the destructive capacity of INFLATION.

In Australia, inflation is measured using an index known colloquially as the 'Cost of Living'. This cost of living index is calculated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and it does so by monitoring,at regular intervals, a selected subset of items consumed by the community .

The ABS assesses the change in the retail price of a 'large basket' of goods and services and then using a weighting analysis, determines how much the global consumer price for these specifically identified item has moved - either up or down and express this value as the Index called the CPI [Consumer Price Index]

Here however, whether by designed stealth or purely an accident, these Chinese product have introduced a pervasive 'dry rot' into the structure of our economic management.

Let’s take a products as an example of the application and implementation of the 'China Effect'.

Take a 'work boot' for example. Prior to the invasion of Chinese products into the Australian market, a good quality work boots would cost you in the vicinity of $250. However work boots made in China now retail for somewhere in the vicinity of $80. A massive price reduction of 312%

This would not be of any consequence except for one important oversight.

The original $250 pair of work boots would have an average operational life 1,200 workdays the $80 Chinese equivalent pair of work boots has on average, an operational life of 180 workdays - a massive reduction of 660%

You could however most reasonably argue- 'Well don’t buy the cheap crap'. But, and here is the real crunch, I have for most of my life been a supporter of Dr. Matins boots. This particular company once had the slogan of ‘A boot for life’ and in general terms it was true (depending on how long you lived) that they were long-lasting boots and 10-15 years of hard-waring was not an impossible ask.

Today 98% these boots come from manufacture in Asia (China?) [Ref] and the most recent pair of Dr. Martin boots I purchased, is at three years, struggling to carry on.

Her Dr. Martins Split after 3 month

Good quality alternate products to China crap are no longer available to purchase.

The companies that made them have bowed to the social obsession of "Purchase price is all that matters".

There businesses have long sinse either:

  • Gone broke; or
  • Packed up their manufacturing and gone to join the Chinese

there is no alternative for many articles and items other than to buy Chinese

But this is not a story about Dr. Martin or in fact about boots or in fact about one segment of the manufacturing industry. This is a story about the multi strand impact on our economy by - "Made in China".

In 2019 Australia imported AU$214.5 billion in products 56.2% from "Asia" with 47.3% of 'Asian' Imports coming "Made in China".[Ref].

In any event ‘Made in China’ is nothing more than ¬†a euphemism for ‘inferior products from poor ¬†manufacturing process and skill using significantly inferior products.

The real problem is brought about by the failure of the ABS to realise, understand and accommodate this ”quality” implication in it's inflation calculations.

Household expenditure on essential, over a period of time, increases because instead of having to spend $250 on work boots over 5 years you now spend $80 a year OR $400 over the same 5-year period.

This increase in household expenditure goes undetected by the current ABS/CPI system and is not recorded. Thereby not being utilised by the institutions making financial decisions, based on this flawed information and thereby effecting and affecting, the Australian economy.

This is however reasonably understandable because for the 20th Century, the system has been comparing 'like with like'. Most products consumed in Australia in that Century and which form part of the ‘basket of consumer goods’ were built to the same standards becuase they were ALL made in Australia and the only fluctuation was either:-

  • in the PRICE; or
  • (for packaged goods) the QUANTITY of the unit sold.

but there was no component of the assessment process that applied itself to the QUALITY particularly in relation to wearing.

The consequence of these two circumstances:

  • "The importation of not the low-cost but poor quality Chinese goods"; and
  • "The failure of the ABS to understand the implications for our economic systems of this event",

has resulted in, at a bureaucratic level, (The Reserve Bank of Australia) using the inflation figures produced by the ABS which in reality has become disconnected from the Cost of Living which is NOT reflected by the CPI resulting in applying inappropriate monetary policy, resulting in significant increases in social stress within our society and building up pressure in markets such as housing; equity and finance.

The effect of all these circumstances is that in falsely lowering the CPI with it's roll on effect on the management of the rate of inflation, Household expenditure continues to rises exponentially for the same living standards.

THUS something has to give and it is that the standard of living must fall.

While at the same time resulting in suppression of increasing household income to cover this change by wage supression, supported by the low inflation rate arguement thus building social pressaure towards the perfect economic/social storm.



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