Time was we went to look at kitchen knives up close and personal--got to hold them or even cut up a few carrots with one. It still happens sometimes with a limited range of knives--especially at Sur La Table or Williams Sonoma for home knife enthusiasts--but it rarely is possible with even a fraction of kitchen knives made in China. We discover them online at Amazon or EBAY when we look for better prices or more alternatives--often seemingly spectacular products at extremely low prices. Many times, we're not aware that they are made in China. Often, not by accident.
Our primary clues to product quality at Amazon come from customer reviews, but this process can be compromised in several ways: 1. ghostwritten reviews submitted or sponsored by the manufacturer, or 2. critical details may be withheld . One way of checking this is through "fakespots":
Some Chinese manufacturers/promoters appear to misrepresent their products.
This really doesn't address the deeper issue of whether or not the product is a comparative "bargain," or at least a good value. A "Made in China" knife that appears to be a "steal," may actually be much more expensive than another Chinese product. Almost all of the Made in China knives sold in the United States are manufactured in YangJiang, China. There are over 1500 manufacturers in that city--a truly mind boggling number--and they now hold a trade fair every October:
To help us navigate and evaluate the myriad suppliers, mostly in YangJiang, we have two resources that American product importers depend upon:
1. Made in China
Amost all of the Made in China kitchen knives offered on Amazon can be found on one or both of these sources with strong indications of product value--starting with a quoted wholesale price.
If you are considering a Made in China knife at $12, you might find it can be purchased wholesale, in quantity, for $1.50. That might also lead you to question overall product quality more than if the wholesale price were $6.
Next time you're considering a Made in China kitchen knife, these resources might help your decision making.
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