We do get a mixed bag of goods from them, but the good Chinese imports don't get the kind of press the bad ones do. Most of any computer today in the US is Chinese made for instance. My complaint beyond the bad products that make it through is the "push the product out the door" attitude that prevails, but trying to get Chinese based suppliers to take back defective products is when the fun begins. As long as you are buying from China based companies everything is happy face, but get some bad products and go for RMA and suddenly it's hard to locate this or that necessary person who is supposed to take care of it. Speaking from personal experience.
I read in my local paper that the NRC posted a warning on "counterfeit parts" and/or other less than desirable parts coming from China.
I have no quibble trading with China, but it seems they leave nothing out of this trade loop. They supply so many items you may not be aware of and surprising when a glitch or problem crops-up its a Chinese boo-boo. Give me a break, do we need all this stuff, can't any of this be made at USA or elsewhere. Nuclear power plants are using critical parts from China, gee when did this happen. Aren't we having a terrorist issue and declare planes from flying overhead yet these parts go right in. Isn't there a better inspection process available there?
I found toothpicks from China, geeeezz can't we make toothpicks? Candy, medicine, auto parts, bearing, many sub-assys, nuts&bolts, filters, spices, fruit juices, on and on. They've even displaced suppliers that have been traditional and supplied good products at reasonable costs, but nothing gets by the China supply net for cheap and cheapest buyers.
What have we gotten in return - sub-standard products/items, counterfeit parts, imported bugs(Emerald ash borer) and even less oil to the rest of the world. They also use more coal than anyone else which in turn increases the world pollution problem. Wal-Mart buys so much from China, well you figure it out. Wal-mart the largest seller of goods in USA, doesn't pay its employees well and offers no insurance benefits to think of. Wal-mart buyers are happy of buying "cheap" products but seem to forget in doing so provides less demand for USA goods and/or other supply sources which in the long run isn't good.
If you say, that's its a global encomny, well what products are Chinese buying from us? Even then, they maybe buying their own goods back as USA made products could made of Chinese supplied items.
Don't take this as a rant, but got thinking in the NRC warning and say, "what the heck did you expect". -----Willy