Brand names don't mean much when the product is made in China

Cadbury creme egg insides

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I have never been big on name brands. Sometimes the brand becomes famous because it really is designed better, but if you are just talking about an implied difference in quality you have a lot of convincing to do in my case. Most brand names are just names. The generic store brand is made in the exact same factory on the exact same production line the only difference is the label, and occasionally more expensive packaging.

It gets worse if you claim that you are going to produce high quality goods in China. I love China, but China’s forté is cheap not quality. To get quality you are going to have to pay more. Admittedly, they do make some very high quality handcrafted items, but that is not the norm.

Cheap is good for some things, but chocolate is special. Chocolate is where quality counts. Cadbury eggs are some of the best chocolate out there. I really do not want there to be a problem with my shipment of my chocolate. That is why this article is rather disappointing.

On a related topic (according to Bill Dodson), I commented on a post that said we should not be too harsh on China for its milk scandle unless we equally judge those resposible for the mortgage scandle. He sees both being caused by the greed of a few individuals. I see them both as a natural result of a general carelessness about doing what is right. Not carelessness on the part of a few people who should have known better, but carelessness by the majority of the population in both countries.

Please take a minute to share your thoughts here or on his blog. I would love to hear your thoughts on the topic. If you have a lot to say, I am looking for someone to do a guest post on China. If you are interested, let me know via comment, email, or chat.

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