Good work, America! Your insatiable thirst for cheap Chinese goods sucked products worth $878 billion across the Pacific in the past nine months. That’s a 27% increase over last year. What about the Chinese Poison Train? Dong Tao at Credit Suisse scoffs at your concerns: “You know, 40 million toys may be bad for dozens of toy makers in Dongguan. But that’s small potatoes for China’s over $1 trillion a year of exports.” [NYT]

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  1. Adam291 says:

    Good grief. Historians will look back and wonder how Americans were so willing to sell out their country and doom themselves because they wanted cheap toys and ipods.

  2. vitonfluorcarbon says:

    You know, I don’t know how much you can blame an individual citizen. People want good deals, and going to China is one way to deliver a good deal. But, even if you try to buy American it’s hard to do. I saw a new MAC tool cabinets that proudly proclaimed, “Assembled in America with domestic and imported components.” The cars we buy might be assembled here, but most of the value added manufacturing is occurring offshore. It makes one sick.

    At least I can see some small trend in industry to in source strategic items, and shorten their supply chain. I hope and pray that after whoring US company’s intellectual property to the lowest bidder that industry is finally seeing the light…. but sadly this story does not make a case for the possible trend I see.

  3. MyCokesBiggerThanYours says:

    Yes, because its more ethical to ship cheap American goods to China? Puh-leaze! I know self-hate and hating America is fashionable for Prozac users and Democrats but, really, condemning people for wanting affordable goods? Maybe if we didn’t have to deal with the BS of “living wages” and wages artificially inflated by unions Americans could afford American goods. All those who need to tax others to accommodate for their personal shortcomings and failures NEED consumerism. Where do you think the taxes come from?

  4. 8abhive says:

    Cmon, people. It’s economic warfare. This will happen anytime two countries have essentially free trade and such different controls and standards of living (by choice or not).

    Think of each cargo container as a little bomb against our economy. As individual consumers we’re powerless. Countering the problem would require central organization and goals, and too many at the top are enriching themselves with the status quo.

    (What should you do when the rats are already jumping ship?)

    I give us another 15, 20 years tops, and we’ll be where the Russians were in ’93. The difference is we won’t own ourselves.

  5. Anonymous says:

    talk about double standards. we complain about the lead contamination, but the u.s. exports tons of items that wouldn’t pass our own inspections and regulations. so were no better.

  6. Rusted says:

    Hey, not so fast! I try to not buy Chinese, but it gets harder.