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Re: Cheap boating gear. Too good to be true?
One thing that seems to be getting missed in all the China bashing is that it's nothing new. When I was a kid in the Fifties "Made in Japan" was a standard term for crap. Then, as Japanese stuff improved, it became "Made in Hong Kong". Then their stuff improved and it became "Made in Taiwan", then Korea and so on. Currently China is OUTsourcing their lowest end stuff - look at the label on a cheap T-shirt or junky plastic trinkets - Made in the Maldives or sub-Saharan Africa.
It's a natural bootstrapping process and Chinese stuff WILL improve. A friend of mine imports heavy industrial machinery from China and it gets the job done for a fraction of the price of ours.
This process is the only way to bring up the standard of living of the poor Third World countries. Bill Gates recently said there would be no poor countries by the Thirties. I think he may have been a bit optimistic on that but it WILL happen and China is the current demonstration of how it happens.
They may BUILD I-Phones but they don't invent them. For that matter - how many things have been CREATED by Japanese industry? Most of their products are improvements or developments of things invented elsewhere.
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.