Thursday, September 04, 2008

The global path of an Ipod

By now, all of us are used to check out the back of a product and usually get a "Made in China" report on our curiosity. While in the 1980s that meant good quality/exquisite products, the 1990s and 2000s brought a flood of products all made in China. While people like me growing up in Eastern Europe have developed a small phobia of Chinese products during the 1990s(imitative, low quality stuff) that feeling is almost gone since virtually ALMOST EVERYTHING is MADE in CHINA. Quality has nothing to do with the issue anymore. Everybody is producing in China; the difference is WHO ships WHERE. While you can still find plenty of dubious Chinese products in the "1 Dollar" stores across America and in developing countries (I am curious about what you can find in Africa for example..), designer clothes, watches, electronics, etc are made right next door. A recent example that was quite funny involved tracking the FedEx package for an Ipod touch all the way from Kunshan, China via Shanghai, Ankorage (Alaska), Indianapolis an so on. Amazingly, it takes only 3-4 days to reach the Eastern coast of US! Just makes you wonder: what is next?

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