China-manufactured crap makes us all its bitch.
In a previous rant on my own (sporadic) blog regarding low-quality Chinese-made gear, my panties worked themselves into a ginormous wad about the social and commercial damage done by poor quality kitchen and other equipment. It looks fine, the price is right, and the name-brand is one you trust. Then it fails in some deeply annoying way soon after purchase.
It's a giant bait-and-switch, is what it is. I acquired a fair amount of mid-range equipment that fits the "Chinese crap" profile before I got disgusted and joined what marketers call "the flight to quality."
My list of failed Chinese-made crap over the last eight years is lengthy and growing, and I'm not alone, based on a close reading of the reviews on Amazon.com and macys.com. Landfills everywhere must be feeling the effects of junk immersion blenders, fizzled toasters and cracked garlic presses.
There's plenty of blame to go around, but outsourcing the design seems to be one culprit. Companies lose control of both the functionality and the manufacture, instead of just the manufacture. So I appreciate this sentence I found on the packaging of a digital in-oven probe.
It's a small step toward reassuring buyers that this isn't just another piece of junk, that the company hasn't out-sourced the design and keeps a vigilant eye on the manufacturing. It seems to have worked--this was a great thermometer at a reasonable price with a sturdy build that seems to promise years of use. That's all a consumer asks for.
What about your kitchen gear--is your junk trunk filling up in anticipation of the next e-recycling day? Have you fled to quality products? Can you help a reader out with reliable kitchen gear recommendations?