Knife Printed With 'USA Quality Guarantee' Is, Of Course, Made In China

Knife Printed With 'USA Quality Guarantee' Is, Of Course, Made In China

Think quickly: if you saw the “USA Quality Guarantee” seal on a product you found in a store, where would you assume that it had been manufactured? If you guessed “China,” you’re an awfully cynical person. You are, however, correct.

Reader Stuart, who writes a blog about tools, noticed this little badge of dishonor on a knife for sale at Home Depot. If it’s not meant to make customers think that the knife was made in the USA, then are the words just for decoration?

'Made In America' Bib Is Cute, But Made In China

'Made In America' Bib Is Cute, But Made In China

Nathan came across this cute bib that allows your child to declare that he or she was “Made in America.” It’s cute and all, but just slightly ironic that the bib itself was made in China. “I understand what the bib manufacturer is trying to say with the phrase,” he notes. “I enjoy the fact that it could be read as a contradiction.”
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Shopping Bag Exhorting You To "Buy Local" Is Made In China

Shopping Bag Exhorting You To "Buy Local" Is Made In China

Reader Peter noticed an ironic disconnect between the message on the front of this reusable bag proclaiming, “Buy Fresh, Buy Local, Northern Virginia” and the country of origin listed on the label inside. Yep, it’s China. “Thought you’d enjoy the attached photo promoting our fine Northern Virginia products,” writes Peter. “Apparently though you have to travel overseas to get a good bag to put them in.” That’s right, these days, even our local pride is imported. [More]

The Gap: Only Some Of Our "Made In U.S.A." Bags Are Made In China

The Gap: Only Some Of Our "Made In U.S.A." Bags Are Made In China

Yesterday, we reported on some confusion at The Gap. The sign for its Feed USA campaign, which donates $5 from the sale of certain bags to a school lunch program, clearly states “Made in the U.S.A.,” while the label on the bag beneath the sign states “Made In China.” Today, the retailer has reached out to Consumerist to try to clarify the matter. [More]

The Gap: Where "Made In The U.S.A." Means "Made In China"

The Gap: Where "Made In The U.S.A." Means "Made In China"

UPDATE: The Gap has given a statement to Consumerist about the situation. [More]

My Compost Barrel Was Made In The USA, By Which I Mean 'China'

My Compost Barrel Was Made In The USA, By Which I Mean 'China'

Glenn bought a Suncast compost barrel that was labeled “Made in the USA” on the box. So it’s only natural that when he opened up the box he found another box that revealed the included hardware was made in China. [More]

Target Pulls Lead-Tainted Valentine's Bears

Target Pulls Lead-Tainted Valentine's Bears

The AG of California recently pointed out that some of Target’s Valentine’s Day plush bears contained unacceptable levels of lead. A nonprofit consumer watchdog group tested the bears and turned the findings over the California AG, who in turn wrote Target a strongly-worded letter. Target has responded by pulling the toys while they investigate. The company says the Chinese-made toys passed testing. [More]

Cheap Jewelry Finds New, Better Way To Poison Your Child

Cheap Jewelry Finds New, Better Way To Poison Your Child

An AP investigation has found that, barred from using lead in children’s jewelry, some Chinese manufacturers have substituted cadmium — which is more dangerous. The AP tested one piece of jewelry that was 91% cadmium by weight. The heavy metal is a known carcinogen and is used in rechargeable batteries, pigments, electroplating and plastic. Children can ingest the cadmium by sucking or biting on the jewelry. They do not need to swallow it. [More]

Flashlight Was Proudly Made In The United States Of China

Flashlight Was Proudly Made In The United States Of China

David is a little bit confused by the labeling on the flashlight he bought recently. Is this the product of a confused designer, an error, or a vague attempt at social engineering?

Clothing Sold In Africa Made in China… India… Somewhere

Clothing Sold In Africa Made in China… India… Somewhere

A few weeks ago, we brought to you a story of counterfeit antimalarials from China being labeled as “Made in India,” then sold in Nigeria. Turns out it’s not just drugs.

Counterfeit Drugs Made In China Relabeled "Made In India"

Counterfeit Drugs Made In China Relabeled "Made In India"

The Chinese poison train makes plenty of stops outside of the United States. When those stops are in developing countries, bad things can happen. Even worse things happen when dangerous products from China are intentionally mislabeled as being from another country. Say, India.

Restoration Hardware Shifting Nearly All Of Its Furniture Production To China?

Restoration Hardware Shifting Nearly All Of Its Furniture Production To China?

If what this alleged Restoration Hardware employee says is true, the home furnishings chain may have just sacrificed its last remaining claim to distinction—high quality, American-made furniture—in an effort to increase profits. Supposedly, shoppers will see the effect of outsourced furniture through lower prices. RH furniture was always known to be fairly good stuff, if not cheap—can we now expect cheap but not good?

Breaking News: There Are Sweatshops In China!

Breaking News: There Are Sweatshops In China!

Economists and politicians rant about China in terms of jobs lost, currency valuation, and trade gaps. But the New York Times reports that a new metric has been discovered: every year, Chinese workers manufacturing our toys, garments and electronic junk in the Peal River Delta collectively break 40,000 fingers.

Florida City Considers A Ban On Anything Made In China

Florida City Considers A Ban On Anything Made In China

Palm Bay, Florida is irritated with China. They’re considering a ban that would prevent the city from buying anything made in China…. with a few exceptions:

The Great Wal-Mart of China

The Great Wal-Mart of China

    “Wal-Mart Stores plans to hire up to 150,000 employees in China over the next five years, five times the number of workers it currently has there, as it expands its number of stores, the company said Monday.”