November 10, 2007

Every time you buy something Chinese you do business with the devil. Stop it. Boycott China.


Boycott all Chinese goods this Christmas and beyond.

Not one more underpriced piece of Chinese crap from Wal-Mart, that's all I ask.

Check your labels. And just stop it. And stop trying to bargain and justify why you do it. "But the prices are so good, and I can't afford American". "But if we do business with them they'll change". "But they're not manipulating their currency". "But it's OK that they own us now".

Folks, every time you buy something Chinese, you do business with the devil. And now, when your kids start dying from unsafe slave-labor-produced Chinese crap you got on sale at Wal-Mart, you'll know you had been warned.

Here's just four more reasons to boycott China. And there's thousands and thousands more.

* U.S. safety officials have voluntarily recalled about 4.2 million Chinese-made Aqua Dots toys contaminated with a powerful "date rape" drug that has caused some children to vomit and lose consciousness upon ingesting the contents.

* Jerry Yang, the chief executive of Yahoo, apologized to the mother of an imprisoned Chinese dissident during testimony Tuesday at a heated U.S. congressional hearing on the company's role in jailing the man.

* The massive U.S. dollar sell-off was sparked by comments overnight by two Chinese officials suggesting the greenback is losing its global pre-eminence. China is the world's largest holder of U.S. dollar reserves. It also holds roughly 25 per cent of the world's foreign currency reserves, most of it in U.S. dollars.

* In China, however ultrasound technology functions as the means to a much different end. There, because of the Communist government’s brutal 25-year one child policy, and since boys are considered more valuable than girls—as they carry on the family name and are expected to care for aging parents—ultrasound machines are employed to determine the sex of the baby. Then, if the baby is a girl, abort her.

68 comments:

Bitter Renter said...

I'm a Bitter Renter earning minimum wage and paying more than half my income for rent. Sometimes I cannot afford to buy higher-priced goods NOT made in China. Where would I get the money to do so?

Anonymous said...

Keith,

I sold my house in 2005 and I am waiting for the total implosion of the housing market before I get back in. I would like to commend you for your site, it was influential in my decision to sell in 2005 rather than later.

Once again you're spot on. We need to keep the Chinese sh@t out of the lives of our families.

I'm in!!!!

Forclosureboy said...

China is just like us. Dont fool yourself into thinking we are better or more moral, thats bs wishfull thinking.

Remember this when your pets.com stock of the week tanks to zero but is pimped by wallstreet as a 'buy'.

coke adds life said...

Boycotting China is the smartest thing the world could do. Which pretty much leaves the old US-of-A right where they are in line at Wally World for a second helping of imported toxic sh*t.

Give me convenience or give me death!

Anonymous said...

I guess we can't buy 90% of goods anymore. Even most of our food is processed in China. Any clothes, toys, electronics and whatever else you can think of. I think Mexico is even worse than China. There is even more corruption there plus thye unload all of their problems across our borders.

Anonymous said...

REPUBLICANS LOVE CHINA!
AND REPUBLICANS ARE RIPPING-OFF AMERICA!

IN THE NEWS: NY Times:

Giuliani's (now supported by Pat Robertson- wow-wee) right hand man Bernard Kerik, went to court yesterday and declared "not guilty," moments before being freed on a $500,000 bail bond backed up by his New Jersey mansion.

The indictment charges Kerik with conspiracy, tax fraud, making false statements and depriving the city of his honest services. If convicted, he faces up to 142 years in prison and up to $4.75 million in fines.

********************************

I read the LONG list of charges including: ARE YOU READY?....

PROVIDING FALsE STATEMENTS ON HIS LOAN APPLICATION!!!!

Anonymous said...

one woman tried to buy stuff that was made in other places and the USA and found out that there was virtually nothing produced in the USA any more. So where are we going to go to buy things? Every company is sending out their production to INDIA, BANGLEDESH, MEXICO, CHINA, and heaven knows where else charging 50 dollars for a product that only cost 2 dollars to mass produce. I say We already have enough junk in our houses hense junk filled garages and garage sales (please take our junk off our hands we don't want to give it to the salvation army we paid good money for this)What people need to do is really just stop shopping period and use what we have. That alone will stop any more money going into China or any other country. But NO we have a cell phone but now that isn't good enough we need a IPhone or our IPod is still good no problems but we want the new sexier IPod that essentially does the same thing. Until we learn to not satify our inner-child we will never stop shopping to excess and giving in to the little child that lives in all of us. I mean do we really need all the junk we have or does the little kid say "the one with most toys wins" and then tries to be the winner. I don't remember needing half the stuff I have when I was younger and I didn't miss it. I never had cell phones and still was able to get the news and make emergency calls but now the cell phone companies try to feed your inner child by saying "STAY IN TOUCH' or remind you of an emergency on the road late at night it's raining and your kid is in the back seat thank god you have SPRINT. This is a ingrained consumer driven neurosis and it will take a painful treatment of "tough love" to end it.

Anonymous said...

I can understand why you would be pissed off about China..but you better get used it.

You honestly think that the US back in the day of the Industrial revolution was this cuddly, god-fearin', everyone is equal paradise? Bullshit! There were riots, union busters, child labor, plants spewing all sorts of filth and unequal pay for all classes.

The only difference now between "us" and "them" is 75+ years of getting the kinks out of our enterprises and capitalist system.

We're going forward with a World Economy if you like it or not. What effects something in Nambia is going to affect us. If you want to rally against the Chinese why don't you rally against Saudi Arabia, or Russia, or Iran, or any of the other countries that sometimes go against US interests especially energy consumption and sales.

I think what's going on with some Chinese goods is wrong and I'm glad we're forcing their hand to ship up but boycotting something across the board: bullheaded and stupid. Good luck trying to do it to every product. You're not going to get too far...

Yoski said...

If you don't buy Chinese goods anymore I guess you ain't buying anymore 'cos just about everything is Made in China. It's not like there're American or European alternatives anymore.
On the issue of aborting female fetuses; I guess it makes sense if you're trying to fight over population. Males by themselves have an awfully hard time reproducing. Of course it will suck if you're a guy in China and there's only one female for every 5 guys. I suppose you'll have to turn gay out of sheer desperation.

David said...

first post - I love this blog but this post is both racist and juvenile. just some basic rebuttals:

1. The reason China has so much of our money is because we've become such an ultra-consumerist entitlement culture. Don't boycott Chinese goods, boycott your own need for all the crap that pollutes your life. Spend less on crap and more on local foods and services.

2. When the US dollar goes lower, it hurts people who hold dollar denominated assets but it helps businesses that export goods. Businesses that employ Americans who can then hire more people, pay people higher jobs etc. A lower dollar isn't 100% bad thing.. you just have to invest correctly to hedge against it.

Most Chinese people aren't out to get Americans.. they're just responding to the same market incentives that Americans respond to.

Anonymous said...

great thought, yo-yo...

have you been in a store recently? seen ANYTHING made in America??? maybe a few hand tools, but that's about it...

why don't you compile a list of things/brands that are made in America and commonly available -
good luck with that, fool...

its really too late to do anything...

the only way this will change is if the dollar drops another 50-90%...

Anonymous said...

We'll all be buying American soon enough. Unfortunately we'll simultaneously discover there is nothing American to buy. I'm stocking up on shoes. I'm stocking up on shirts and pants.

Anonymous said...

One thing about it Keith if they abort all their girls this problem will be over soon.

jimmytheelder said...

Git er done keith. This is one heck of a post. I am with you. I have 5 kids and am whittling their xmas crap this year. No more chinese kid-killing crap in this house...and it really is crap.

Look around you folks at the substandard stuff you bought in the last 10-20 years. I am amazed every home in the US has not burned to the ground

IT IS CHEAP DANGEROUS CRAP

Cheers

Anonymous said...

I think you have gone nuts.

It is time to scan your brain.

Welcome to China and give us back all you looted from our country during the last 2 centuries and made our people impoverished.

Citizen of PRC
Dalian
China PRC

Anonymous said...

Hi Keith, this is one good topic, we now know that you belive in the Devil the prince of the Earth, If that is so, then for sure you must accept Christ as your Savior,see this is very simple, the Devil belive's in God. Great blog this is true about China.

Tks

Princess Mononoke said...

Right on Keith! Now that’s what I’m talking about. WE must insist on Corporate Social Responsibility!

It’s time, WE, The People of the World, stop turning a blind eye to the atrocities people in third world countries are forced to accept at OUR expense!

Levi's Corporation was one of the first to address this topic in 1993 and chose to withdraw from China due to concerns about human rights violations in that country.

http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/hrj/iss14/booknotes-Levi__82.shtml

Princess Mononoke said...

People it's time to wake UP! We are in the 21st century and SLAVERY still exists all around the world!!!

"Because child workers have no ability to protect themselves, they are generally paid less, work longer hours and live in poorer conditions than adult workers. Moreover, because child labour is illegal, very often workers and their employers will develop covert alliances to avoid detection by government and law enforcement agencies, thus driving the problem further underground."

http://chinaview.wordpress.com/category/social/employment/child-labour/

Anonymous said...

Don't pretend you know China when you apparently know nothing.

How many in this country are blaming China for the high oil price? Without the one-child policy, China may have 2.6 billion population instead of 1.3 billion and the oil you Americans care so much about could be at $200 instead of $100.

Boycott China? I wish you good luck. Oh BTW, there's one devil on the planet and everybody knows where it is!

Princess Mononoke said...

2008 Olympics in CHINA boycott!!! Get informed...Get involved...

Reasons to boycott China & FAQs

http://www.buyhard.fsnet.co.uk/introduction.htm

News items related to the worldwide consumer boycott of Chinese products

http://www.buyhard.fsnet.co.uk/news.htm

Tyrone said...

Giddyup! I've been checking labels for a while now, and I routinely pass on 'Made in China' goods.

Shadox said...

sorry. This is a senseless rant.

So what if China holds its foreign reserves in Dollars? How is that bad for teh U.S.?

Yes, there have been recalls of Chinese products, but these represent a tiny, insignificant percentage of the Chinese made products you use every day. Don't believe me? CHeck your home and office.

And on the human rights issue - Congress is hypocritical for criticising Yahoo! for complying with Chinese law, while at the same time allowing draconian wire-tapping without court order or supervision here at home!

Let's fix our own problems before we preach to the the rest of the world. Stop with the xenophobia.

Anonymous said...

Keith, one question for YOU:

How do you avoid buying anything from China? EVERYTHING is made there! NOT just crap from Wal Mart. YOU go to high end furniture stores, (its China), you go to speciality stores (like Z-Gallery, Bombay, Cost-Plus, department stores like Macys, drug stores, Target, online shopping networks like HSN and Shop NBC) they all sell "stuff" made in China.

Its EVERYWHERE. In order to comply with your request, it would literally take a full time detective JOB to find items NOT made in China. Even Babies R Us and Toys R Us, little clothes for infants, which I purchased the other day, guess what?
(MADE IN CHINA) Unbelievable!

HOW do you NOT buy stuff made in CHINA?

Anonymous said...

Next to this project backing Ron Paul looks sane.

Anonymous said...

Fuck Jerry Yang.

hey Jerry Yang, go fuck yourself, you moral-less scumbag.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Keith what they are doing to Tibet! I've been to Tibet the Chinese put a discoteque and bars right outside the Potala Palace the holiest site in Tibetan Buddhism and the former home of the Dalai Lama. These people hate us I lived there they call you foreigner to your face when you walk the streets of Beijing. Beware the Chinese!

vegas crash watcher said...

Every time you pay taxes to the US government (or any government) you deal with the devil. The US is the new socialist evil empire, going the way of the USSR, thankfully.
I am enjoying watching the true believers lose their home equity and now their 401K's. Soccer moms will be old and poor. Sweet.

Anonymous said...

Thank god inflation is low in the US, according to the White House, Bernanke, and CNBC:

(AP) Prices raised for Busch Gardens, SeaWorld parks
Theme parks owned by Busch Entertainment will cost more, unless you opt for a multi-park ticket.


Pay up, suckers.

nmoerbeek said...

Hey Keith

How do you feel about buying other countries?

Im all about buying american I just wanted to here your opinion about buying things from korea or japan?

Anonymous said...

http://www.boycottmadeinchina.org/

Anonymous said...

Kid wants a Smart Cycle from Santa.

I assume they're only made in China.

Sorry Keith.

Anonymous said...

Fuck China! USA USA USA

Andrew Hac said...

OK. I will not buy any more Chinese fried rice, wonton noodle soup. No more Moo-Goo-Pai-Gan for me...

I am a truly patriotic Americano !

Anonymous said...

I'm not a fan of China at all, but they are one of the few countries to attempt to tackle the overpopulation problem. No American politician has guts to even mention population control. For example, each year traffic gets worse and worse, and all they can come up with is HOV lanes... totally ignoring the cause of the problem: An ever-expanding population. We don't need any more frickin' people in the world. We are on a planet with very finite energy sources that we are rapidly consuming. Ultimately, war with China over oil resources is almost inevitable.

Anonymous said...

Also, stop doing business with Corporations that only want slave labor from other countries . We should pass a law that business will have to give the same wages that they would give to Americans and than you would see the Corporations come back to America.

The next time I hear a cable business news expert say that Americans need to compete with 50 cent a hour slave labor from a third world country ,I am going to scream .

Corporations have just gotten a little to greedy for profits due to slave labor in the last decade.
Why should we allow the middle glass in America to die because they can't get good paying jobs because the American Corporations are only concerned with global markets and cheap labor .

Anonymous said...

Keith, although the one child policy is a policy of forced abortions, and abortions of unwanted children, would you prefer to see China with unchecked population growth? Perhaps 4 billion people instead of 1.3 billion? Then I suppose you would be complaining about irresponsible population growth?

Eric said...

Ugg Australia

Made in China

keith said...

Few responses - good thread by the way

1) How do you avoid buying chinese crap when it's everywhere?

STOP BUYING CRAP

Do you need more stuff? Do you need to spend every weekend shopping? Is all that stuff making you happier?

If you need something, take the time and shop local. Try the second hand stores and ebay. But above all, ask yourself why you're buying so much stuff.

2) On overpopulation and China's evil 1-kid policy.

I don't believe the government should subsidize people having kids, but it definitely should not try to control people having kids. That's simply evil. And when they do, you get what China's getting, which is the slaughter of girls, and a society without enough women. The men without mates, women and sex will not be happy in a few years, and watch them launch wars to go acquire countries with women. Weird things will happen because of this sick policy

3) On what countries do I buy from?

I check my labels, and if I'm not comfortable with the country of origin, I don't buy it. But then again, I don't buy much stuff. Biggest thing here is figuring out where food is from - that's tough. But retailers are doing a better job noting it. And you'll never know where the chemicals and ingredients are from. So you can't be perfect. But you can try. That's all I ask.

And above all, buy less stuff.

Carnap the great said...

I try not to purchase "Made in China" items, particularly for items that touch my food (Dishes, etc) and my body. Although, I'm not concerned with buying American, just buying from countries that don't produce crap.

Regardless, I don't find it very hard to find alternatives to Chinese crap.
At least from my experience the only time I can't find alternatives is when I'm looking at junk (cheap kids toys etc) or some electric items.

One doesn't need to be a zealot about it, but checking for alternatives from developed countries doesn't take much effort.

Anonymous said...

well rudy tried to pass this ass off to us, Bernard Kerik, now how about the child molesting priest he still has as a "friend" on the payroll.

F Pat Robertson, that Fing scum bag must be another closet homo.

Anonymous said...

Keith,

Please send this out around the U.S. and get the word out.

I was in Walmart last night looking for Christmas lights. It was a very disturbing experience. If you look on every item that has Christmas lights (trees, lights, wreaths etc...) you will see a "Caution P65 Warning". The warning states that handling the coated wires exposes you to lead and you should wash your hands after coming in contact with them.

Ok...that is scary but then it dawned on me. How may Walmart shoppers dont read English? How many of those who dont read english put up decorations and then head off to thier jobs in the food industry and touch the food?

How many of us then injest that food and the small dose of heavy metal?

Shakster said...

Yeah!
Cuz a Chinese muzzle for Hitlery would just break in two minutes.

Anonymous said...

Keith,

I have been reading your blog for some time and thought it made a lot of sense but this one I'm not so sure about. I think much of the made in China products are made by US companies that moved their production from USA to there for the lower labor cost. That is just the basic ecomonic trend and certainly out government isn't going to protect common people over big corporations bottom line. To single out a country and blame them for everything wrong here seems a bit thoughtless.

LauraVella said...

Keith, one question for YOU:

How do you avoid buying anything from China? EVERYTHING is made there! NOT just crap from Wal Mart. YOU go to high end furniture stores, (its China), you go to speciality stores (like Z-Gallery, Bombay, Cost-Plus, department stores like Macys, drug stores, Target, online shopping networks like HSN and Shop NBC) they all sell "stuff" made in China.

Its EVERYWHERE. In order to comply with your request, it would literally take a full time detective JOB to find items NOT made in China. Even Babies R Us and Toys R Us, little clothes for infants, which I purchased the other day, guess what?
(MADE IN CHINA) Unbelievable!

HOW do you NOT buy stuff made in CHINA?

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Obviously, I'm not Keith, but I'll take a stab at YOUR question anyway.

It's going to be easier and easier to not buy chinese stuff. Stores are going out of business left and right.

I guess you didnt know Bombay Co. is going out of business, with Cost Plus following close behind. And that's just for starters. There's going to be a lot less crappy retailers a year from now. But I guess you didnt know that either.

Hopefully with retailers closing up shop, this country will be on the right track to re-building our manufacturing base here in the US. One would only hope...

Everyone knows Macy's and other high end furniture companies has been selling crap for years. Why dont you try looking on Craigs List, in antique stores, or even second hand stores, garage sales, estate sales? These are the only places to find quality, well made furniture. Find a local craftsman to recover or refinish it to your specifications, that would help your small local businesses.

Of course YOU may have to learn to become patient and flexable. I don't mean this in a bad way, but it sounds to me, YOU could learn to be resourceful and industrious. in addition to curbing that "I want it now" attitude.

This upcoming Greater Recession will kill the shopping instint in everyone. Trust me.

By chance is your name Redboots?

AmericanBornChinese said...

"Welcome to China and give us back all you looted from our country during the last 2 centuries and made our people impoverished."

Dude, we were shut out of China for an overwhelming majority of the past 2 centuries.

Mao mandated the population boom, internally displaced millions of people, all the while forcing bankers to attempt farming and farmers to waste their time smelting steel in their backyards instead of feeding everybody. (I imagine your PRC "education" glosses over the finer points of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution; ask your grandparents: if they weren't murdered by Mao's thugs of course.)

Besides, if it weren't for US assistance back in WWII you guys would be speaking Japanese!

Back to class Junior.

k.w. - southern ca. said...

Answer:
We have no choice but to buy from China, or the other places our CEO's out-sourced to.

Sadly, there is not much of worth being produced in this country any longer, except for boxing - which the Chinese use to ship their cheaply made stuff back into the US.


Anonymous said...
one woman tried to buy stuff that was made in other places and the USA and found out that there was virtually nothing produced in the USA any more. So where are we going to go to buy things? Every company is sending out their production to INDIA, BANGLEDESH, MEXICO, CHINA, and heaven knows where else charging 50 dollars for a product that only cost 2 dollars to mass produce. I say We already have enough junk in our houses hense junk filled garages and garage sales (please take our junk off our hands we don't want to give it to the salvation army we paid good money for this)What people need to do is really just stop shopping period and use what we have. That alone will stop any more money going into China or any other country. But NO we have a cell phone but now that isn't good enough we need a IPhone or our IPod is still good no problems but we want the new sexier IPod that essentially does the same thing. Until we learn to not satify our inner-child we will never stop shopping to excess and giving in to the little child that lives in all of us. I mean do we really need all the junk we have or does the little kid say "the one with most toys wins" and then tries to be the winner. I don't remember needing half the stuff I have when I was younger and I didn't miss it. I never had cell phones and still was able to get the news and make emergency calls but now the cell phone companies try to feed your inner child by saying "STAY IN TOUCH' or remind you of an emergency on the road late at night it's raining and your kid is in the back seat thank god you have SPRINT. This is a ingrained consumer driven neurosis and it will take a painful treatment of "tough love" to end it.

Anonymous said...

"China Merchants Bank Co., the country's sixth-largest bank by assets and widely viewed as one of its best- managed, won approval from the Federal Reserve last week to set up a branch in New York."
WSJ

I'm giving consideration to transferring all my banking to the Chinese. I hear they'll have favorable mortgage rates.

Besides, they own me.

Anonymous said...

The USA is no angel and has done some deplorable things over the years but China gets the award for most disgusting, ethically devoid country. Not only are they aborting female fetuses just because they're female, anyone here aware of their record on the treatment of dogs and cats?? Granted we use many animals in medical research but at least that serves a purpose and they aren't killed in vain. But in CHina recently they CLUBBED to death thousands of dogs due to fear of rabies. I find China to be a truly disgusting place. May Karma reign its wrath on that unholy place.

Anonymous said...

You honestly think that the US back in the day of the Industrial revolution was this cuddly, god-fearin', everyone is equal paradise? Bullshit! There were riots, union busters, child labor, plants spewing all sorts of filth and unequal pay for all classes.

Exactly. The GOP wants to turn back the clock not just to 1929, but to 1880. Or even 1859.

It was LIBERALS who fixed those problems, and contrary to the bleating of the right wing then--- which sounds exactly like the right wing noise machine ("communists", "socialists", "unamerican", "atheist scum") --- the USA didn't turn into the USSR, and it thrived quite well.

There were general benefits for all.

More socialist Europe, despite being obliterated in WW2, now is a very prosperous and good place to live. You'd think that if moderate socialism and capitalism mixed was so bad it'd be a hellhole. It isn't.

In my field (physics/chaos theory) (back when I had a University job), in the last 5 years most of the foreign researchers have been going back to Europe, because there's more opportunity and full-time career jobs there.

That didn't used to happen---it was the USA who had more opportunity, jobs and especially good research money. They came here.

Now it isn't so, the USA is stagnating and other places, including Europe and others are rising rapidly.

I had to leave because of no funding too, but I don't have an EU passport and can't realistically get an EU job (they prefer their own, like in every other country except USA).

In my new job, I've been there two months. Already two Indian natives have gone back to work in jobs---these are high level MS/PhD in math end engineering sorts from top universities. One is going to a major Indian research institution.

It used to be the other way around, they came to USA for Bell Labs, etc.

Anonymous said...


Welcome to China and give us back all you looted from our country during the last 2 centuries and made our people impoverished.

Citizen of PRC
Dalian
China PRC


I think you're looking for London, UK. We didn't do opium.

China wasn't the USA's problem, and we helped you (and Phillipines) against the Japanese.

Remember that?

And after 1948, you have no excuse but yourself.

Mao screwed you over. OK, I guess lots of people didn't have any choice (that thing about Communist dictatorships and power coming out the barrel of a gun), but don't blame the USA for keeping you "down" and using that as an excuse to go predatory on the USA.

Anonymous said...

What's funny is that a few centuries ago, Chinese made great furuniture.

European aristocrats in the 1700's and 1800's bought plenty of it, and it was very high quality, and you can still see it today in the museums.

Anonymous said...

Buy your kid a made in America real bicycle so he or she can have "learning adventures" in the real world. It's not as scary out there as the MSM wants you to believe. The MSM wants to scare everybody so they stay inside glued to the boob tube, wathching the ads and buying the junk. The Smart cycle sounds like nothing more than an advertisement delivery system.

From the Kmart website--"Smart Cycle includes Learning Journey software and the other themes sold seperately include: Nick Jr.Dora the Explorer Friendship Adventure, Nick Jr.Go Diego Go! Diego's Animal Rescue, Discover the Dinosaurs, Nickelodeon SpongeBob Squarepants Ocean Adventure, Hot Wheels Barbie Fairytopia"


"Anonymous said...
Kid wants a Smart Cycle from Santa.

I assume they're only made in China.

Sorry Keith.

November 11, 2007 5:17 AM"

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Anonymous said...

I try not to purchase things made in Mexico. They export all of their uneducated peons and criminals for us to deal with

Anonymous said...

Keith, let me educate you about a few things because I run an off-shore consulting company in China.

First, ultrasounds have been made illegal because of the practice that you mention. That's the good news (I guess). The bad news is they force women to get their tubes tied. You get a letter in the mail like clockwork six months after you've given birth.

Second, I've been to China three times now (two weeks each trip), it is a beautiful place, a rich culture and great people. It's the government who are the problem, brutal and oppressive.

Final point, yes I am dealing with the devil, I make quite a bit of money moving work off-shore. I don't make the rules, I just play by them. Our dumb ass monetary policy allows China to peg their currency. They don't do so without risk, as they are importing our inflation and keeping their population poor.

Anonymous said...

one woman tried to buy stuff that was made in other places and the USA and found out that there was virtually nothing produced in the USA any more.
----------------------------------

And she wrote a book about it. I bet the book is printed in China...

Princess Mononoke said...

The past the does NOT have to equal the future! We can make a difference.

Here is a YouTube video 10 minutes long of a "Forced Labor Camp" in China!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eXzLlXf2IE

Princess Mononoke said...

Here is another YouTube video 3 minutes long of Child Labour Awareness with Name Branding!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RlWFyWEeQk
and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFzrIJHJ6NA

Anonymous said...

My wife and I made a decision nealy 5 years ago to avoid buying PRC (Taiwan was OK).

We have seen virtually every US and European consumer manufacturer outsource their production to China.

The backlash is brewing, however. I increasingly notice out-and-out deceptive country of origin information, such as "Designed by" or "produced for", with no information on the actual country of manufacture.

We have virtually given up on buying new. 95% of our non-food and clothing purchases are made second-hand, through CL, Goodwill, and consignment shops.

Shopping second hand requires much more patience and discipline, especially since you must pay CASH for everything. The rewards eventually accrue, however.

If you have to buy Chinese, at least buy it used - that way, the PRC doesn't get your $ to spend on ballistic missile submarines.

Anonymous said...

Keith,

I hope one of my favorite blogs hasn't jumped the shark. "China" and all the big retailers in this country are in this together.

Quit it with the xenophobia. Your blog is much better than that.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of cruelty to animals, China isn't the only culprit. Take a look at Guilliani's princess bride. She used to work in surgical stapler sales. Take a look at her on-the-job-training dissecting live dogs. http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/09/giuliani200709?currentPage=3

Anonymous said...

Shadox said...
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And on the human rights issue - Congress is hypocritical for criticising Yahoo! for complying with Chinese law, while at the same time allowing draconian wire-tapping without court order or supervision here at home!

...

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You must be on crack if you think that the abuses of the Cheney administration (the worst in US history) are anywhere near as bad as "business as usual" in the PRC.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Keith,

Please send this out around the U.S. and get the word out.

I was in Walmart last night looking for Christmas lights. It was a very disturbing experience. If you look on every item that has Christmas lights (trees, lights, wreaths etc...) you will see a "Caution P65 Warning". The warning states that handling the coated wires exposes you to lead and you should wash your hands after coming in contact with them.

Ok...that is scary but then it dawned on me. How may Walmart shoppers dont read English? How many of those who dont read english put up decorations and then head off to thier jobs in the food industry and touch the food?

How many of us then injest that food and the small dose of heavy metal?

November 11, 2007 2:35 PM

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Sounds like a good reason to prepare your own food. Doing so also saves money, is usually better for you, and decreases the demand for illegals.

Andy in San Diego said...

Try putting "made in USA" in google. There are sites that list things that are still made in America.

But I agree that we can all buy way less than we do, and buy good stuff that will last, and take care of it.

Anonymous said...

one woman tried to buy stuff that was made in other places and the USA and found out that there was virtually nothing produced in the USA any more. So where are we going to go to buy things?

Local produce market (every city has one), recycle, vintage, used stuff from eBay, used stuff from Amazon.com. Just reduce your shopping of Chinese goods. You can find ANYTHING used these days for sale on eBay, flea markets, Craigslist, etc. People are just lazy and love the ritual of going to the mall.

Anonymous said...

I don't know why most people here can't grasp the idea of cutting back on Chinese crap. Sure, 95% of products out there are made in China. Nobody here is saying to just stop buying everything made in China, but to cut back by buying used stuff from eBay, flea markets, local producers, Craigslist, barter things that you don't need anymore.

Is that really sooooo hard to understand or some of you are just a bunch of the usual trolls who live here?

Why do you need to trade cell phones every freaking season? Can't you find used clothing and toys on eBay for your kids, for 1/5 of the regular price? Do you have to shop like a maniac every month? Just cut back on Chinese crap! Don't worry about the American jobs because most of those jobs are already in China or India, thanks to you and Wal-Mart.

Anonymous said...

Quit it with the xenophobia. Your blog is much better than that.

Listen buddy, nobody here is racist. You can pull the race card as much as you want, since it's a cheap shot of last recourse, a troll favorite. However, some of us impartial and with a functioning brain realize that we are in a class warfare and need more Americans with balls to fight it, not pussies like you. So, if you are not willing to participate, just move on and keep being a Chinese bitch because it fits well your character.

Nothing against Chinese people per se, but some of us refuse to bend over for trade policies that are killing our class. The only thing that we can do is stop participating in this fools game created by corporate fascists.

Anonymous said...

A few important topics missing:

1. China has about 6,000 spies in the US performing industrial espionage to steal our inventions.

2. We are spending more oil and creating more emissions to import products made in China, instead of buying from Made in USA.

3. China is the largest producer of pirated products: Anything from software, handbags, DVDs, CDs, pharma, etc.

4. China steals American patents, copies the American products, and floods our market with them.

5. The Chinese government hates you.