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Yes, but where was it made?

tim irvine | Nov 17, 2012 02:38 PM

I was just looking at some recent activity on an older thread about KA vs Cuisinart. Much of it was about the "made in China" issue. I have noticed an interesting new trend. Retailers proudly say "made in USA" on items made in the USA and label products made in China and various other places with, shall we say "perception issues," "imported."Things made in places deemed suitably "ish," like France or England, get the country mentioned. Places without the perception issues of China and that ilk but not "ish," like Czechoslovakia, get the "imported" tag. A new trend is emerging in which things designed in the USA or a perceived cool place like Australia will say things like "designed in ( insert cool country); imported." When you looked at the label, like Breville, it may have been designed in Australia but it was made in China. They really want to make it hard for you to find out where your product was made. I find it offensive they tout an item as designed in USA (one job) but don't proclaim where it was made (more jobs, presumably). I saw a Mason Cash bowl in a store. On the bottom it says made in China. Go to the website and they proclaim themselves an old British brand and never mention where they are making them. The moral, of course, is understand that a label, even of an old and reputable company, may not mean what you think it does. Reminds me of a guy in New York selling Prada and Gucci at his card table!

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