I would suggest The People’s Republic of China (PRC) or as we know it — China.
China is not the same as the much smaller Taiwan, which is officially known as the Republic of China.
It is China I am talking about, not Taiwan.
You would have to pay me a lot of money to get me to put something from China into my body.
I believe China can not be trusted as a supplier of anything related to health or that goes into the body — food, supplements, medicine, etc.
I know, I know — everything is made in China
Yeah, but it isn’t everything that I am afraid of — just things like food, supplements, medicine, toothpaste or teeth whitening products, mouth wash — all the stuff sold at rock bottom prices on Chinese websites and auction sites in the U.S.
And don’t think products from China are okay for your animals. Check first.
You, of course, can do as you see fit. I am just saying be super-careful of anything made in China that you plan to use the way you would a similar product sold in the U.S.
My experience with China-based sellers and re-sellers, and so-called manufacturers of electronics is they can barely be trusted, if at all.
Not everything is poison
Lets say you already would not buy food, supplements, and good grief — drugs from China.
I would also avoid made in the USA products “sent to” and resold through China. I once bought a supplement from a U.S. auction site that had been tampered with — opened and some product removed. Nice. That was in the early days of online sales. Some people and some companies have not yet evolved or been caught doing that stuff.
From experience I do not put anything beyond the realm of possibility when dealing with Chinese companies. Including products being cut with some less expensive ingredients whose safety and efficacy are questionable. I just won’t buy anything from them any longer. None. Zero.
Yes, tennis shoes and stuff like that are not likely to be toxic. But I don’t love the idea of U.S. manufacturers supporting slave labor and sweat shops around the world.
Even importers are shaky, here’s why
You would probably think if you bought, say, a medical device for home use from a U.S. importer you are dealing a U.S. company. Think again. You have to check it out to make sure it’s not a shell corporation or something else to avoid taxes and import fees, or just to mislead the consumer.
Even if that was the case it poses two potential issues
First if the product is crappy to begin with, you will be paying considerably more if you purchase from an importer in the U.S. You can usually buy directly from the manufacturer in China. And often they will negotiate with you. That in itself is telling of the Chinese business principles, because they are back-stabbing their distributors.
Second you are likely to get an instruction manual that can not be understood because it was written with a translation program. I suppose some translation programs are good, but the free or cheap ones are terrible, but cheaper than hiring a translator. You can end up with an instruction manual full of gobbledygook that is anything but user-friendly.
As a general rule instruction manual are found online, and you might like to look at the manual prior to your next purchase just to make sure it is understandable.
I have done it. Don’t make my mistakes
All I can do is advise you to perform your due diligence when buying from China, and pretty the same goes for eBay as well.
If you get an expensive product that doesn’t work, and the seller is on the other side of the world many time zones or an entire day away from you, and their customer support is no good, you are not going to be happy.
So please just be careful. It’s tempting to buy something that seems to be a super bargain. You have to decide for yourself the point where is ceases to be a bargain — say when a $50 purchase costs $60 to return to the seller.
While I’m playing consumer advocate
I don’t hate the Chinese, but they don’t do business like we do. And I have sworn off of them completely. I don’t trust them. Even the ones that I know.
A lot of U.S. companies selling online are similarly untrustworthy. Some have gone progressively downhill as far being a good place for consumers to get a bargain without problems.
I maintain that these days you should not buy online unless you know a whole bunch about the product and the seller — no matter who they are. I have a few companies with whom I do a lot of business online. But let me emphasize the “few” part of that statement.
Thomas Amshay articles are not meant to take the place of your doctor or health care team. Talk to them before starting any exercise program, diet, or supplement.