Skip to comments.Why you can't compete with Chinese labor
Posted on 01/13/2013 5:53:02 PM PST by navysealdad
Maybe He get's paid in candy??(video)
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Oh, but we can....and are. There is now a lot of manufacturing being brought back into the U.S., thank God....and for good reasons.
Just a couple of them: the rise of the middle class in China.
When China first became “manufacturer for the world”, you could pay their untold zillions of workers a chicken a month or something and they’d be cool with it. With success comes greater expectations (gee, who knew). China now has a HUGE middle class, not to mention a phenomenal number of millionaires/billionaires....and they demand more. Much more.
In short, they just ain’t as cheap as they used to be. Gee golly, who saw that coming?? (ahem...cough....Japan....cough....)
How many customer service/call centers were outsourced to India? Many...most. Well guess what the geniuses who did that did NOT look into? Indian law. Their “privacy laws” are vastly different from our own. Many U.S. companies learned this the hard way and have paid a HEAVY price. Screw it; not worth the exposure....bring it back.
Those are just two small examples....there are many others.
Let’s add one more: the cost of energy in this country is dropping and will continue to drop. We are now a HUGE producer of natural gas and, thanks to fracking, oil. This reduces cost of business domestically. Why pay to ship stuff from the far corner of the globe....it’s expensive....when power is cheap here, labor is plentiful, even if at a higher rate? The economics just aren’t as “obvious” as they were a decade ago (in favor of overseas manufacturing).
I got this in my email today, and I don’t believe it. It’s possible that he’s a midget. However, I’ve traveled in China and they have their own unemployment problems. There’s a waiting list for the Army, FGS. They don’t need to employ children in heavy industry.
Not that they don’t employ child labor, but that’s usually for jobs that require fine motor skill and sharp eyesight, such as bad work and silk embroidery.
You forgot the lowest expense population ~ forced inmate labor.
This recently came to light in a message secreted in Halloween costumes .
The only things that really help their case are the lack of individual freedom, the tight binding between business and state(where you can’t really tell which is which), and the ability to efficiently dispose of opposition.
The same thing can be found in the other “cheap” countries as well - just in different forms. The only thing that China has in its favor now isn’t so much cost as much as it is having the largest pool of labor that is also the most easily controlled.
Not just candy... new Trident layers.
Sorry, I’m apparently a sucker for a commercial taglines.
All good points
I think the days of Free Trade Communism/Globalism are over. You cannot create a job in the United States of America by shipping the American job to Communist China, Drug Cartel Mexico, or Rape Factory India....that is just plain economic fact
Eventually, as Communist China’s birth rate declines, they will have fewer workers. Their cost of labor will increase....to the point of it being too costly to continously ship goods 7000 mi back to the USA. Also, Communist China produes little of quality, and the only way they were competitive is by being cheap.
I can still remember a time when, if you ever stated that “Free Trade with Communist China is good”, you were considered seditious and treasonous. I think the GOP, instead of pandering to Hispanics via Illegal Alien Amnesty...would win back many of the Conservative “Reagan” Democrats in the Rust Belt states by dumping Free Trade and re-instituting Tariffs....tariffs sure worked for our nation before they were replaced by the Income Tax
Shipping manufacturing overseas was a bad economic move, and a bad national security move, as so much of our high tech and war material is now made in Communist China. Of course, you will still have those who support, willy-nilly, shipping everything over to Communist China. Hey, they are just like Sean Penn kissing up to Hugo Chavez in Venezuela
Jobs were eliminated by the millions ~ but we should be able to underprice everybody in the world on anything requiring machine processing within maybe 5 to 10 worlds.
The union bosses and OSHA would not approve. Unless they got a big cut of the candy !
That all of the people in the U.S. making service calls could not understand what the F**k they were saying!
I’ll belive it, I ran a skip loader when I was 9 loading sand into my fathers trucks.
He started teaching me to use power tools when i was 4. When I was 8 I taught myself to weld and channeled a 32 5 wiondow coupe and built a 3/8 3/8 flathead for it for the 16 year old numb nuts kid across the street.
Drove a flathead rail at Santa Ana when i was 12.
Kids today are not only lazy but idiots with no work ethic.
“Hello to you.....my name is....Cheep [”Chip”] and I will for to be helping you this day. Please to tell me your name and spell it for me please if you will....ok and now please for to tell me your problem.”
This is the kind of thing farm boys stateside routinely do. I am impressed by how well he operated the equipment though. I had thought the Chinese mostly used wheel barrows and manual labor to do construction. I’m surprised that they have heavy equipment.
A few years back, I read an article in a business magazine about a Chinese factory owner. His company made light fixtures. He was closing his factory in China and moving it to Vietnam. Why? Because he could pay his labor in Vietnam $100 a month.
You must not have watched to the end.
The cameraman climbs into the cab at about the 8 min. mark.
If you watch the kid climb up, it’s clear HE’s a KID!
My thinking is that I have no problem with this, except for the operator not being able to wear a seat belt. One false move and he will be pitched to the ground, possibly in the path of one of the wheels. But there’s probably a lot of kids that would like to have that job.
He doesn't look like a midget. Midgets tend to have distorted features. I suspect he's just working in the family business. The Chinese have never been big on child labor unless they were living hand to mouth. It's a prestige thing. Everybody wants to have a scholar in the family. It's even better if he makes a lot of dough in the process, but having a kid with credentials is some kind of aspirational thing with them going back thousands of years.
“My thinking is that I have no problem with this, except for the operator not being able to wear a seat belt”
You couldn’t make me wear a seat belt!!!
I attended ConExpo in Las Vegas in 2011 - I believe it is one of the largest tradeshows in North America and is held every three years. The focus of the tradeshow is construction equipment. Sany, a chinese equipment company, was easily one of the largest exhibitors there, bigger than Cat, bigger than Deere. They had almost no presence (that I can recall) at the previous ConExpo of 2008.
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