It is amazing just how small our World is now. Not so many years ago foreign goods would arrive at the docks after spending weeks at sea from China and the Far East. Nowadays, in USA items can sometimes arrive at your door from China faster than letters posted at home.
In years gone by product from China was usually viewed with suspicion as to its fitness for purpose. Today the opposite is the case with Chinese imports being usually of high quality. Couple this with the fast turn-around, it can be quicker sometimes and more convenient to order a product from China via the Internet than it is to go into the local town and find the equivalent item.
With prices from China typically cheaper than those available in USA, or other parts of the World, it is not surprising that the option of buying goods imported from China and ordered online might be more popular. Well let’s see how to import from China.
Online auction websites often describe products from sellers as being available from Hong Kong at incredibly low prices. So low it could make the punter wonder where the catch is. A recent example was when I wanted a USB charger cable for my mobile phone. It wasn’t what I would call a necessity, so there was no real rush to get one. I searched the phone manufacturer’s website and got the price and delivery details for the cable.
There was obviously a case of conscience tugging. Should I keep my order inside the shores of USA, thus helping to maintain some job security for someone, or do I grab the deal and save a packet by ordering from overseas. In the end I figured that since most electronic items are made in China these days anyway, I would only be feeding the massive mark-up profit of the USA-based companies. To have such a massive price difference, and with everyone feeling the pinch from the credit crunch, the choice seemed clear. On another, earlier occasion, I found a USA company advertising electronic storage devices customised to suit the customers company logo. An order was placed with them only for the consignment to turn up direct from China in a matter of days.
Being able to buy locally to help maintain jobs and our own economy seems to rely simply on paying the mark-up premium of goods bought from USA-based companies who source their products from the Far East.
The World is a small place. As an individual, I can now buy anything I want simply from the click of a mouse, not just from USA websites, but also from Internet stores based all around the World, including China. That makes for a very long High Street!