Stitchwitch...Since I heard about most aquaculture practices in Asia (basically filthy water used), I refuse to buy frozen prawns from there and I agree re the equipment and tools. I know people who've bought a whole wrench set thinking they got a bargain and the tools have cracked and broken really quickly. Someone bought me cheap secateurs and they warped on the first cut. I heard about the dog treats..terrible.
MaryKZ.. This concerns me also. 'Bonds' was a very well known Australian brand and I think nowadays the items are made offshore (tho I would need to check). I guess I could have googled the info re the formaldehyde but I'm back writing for a kid's show and I can only do so much research in a day!
I agree that onshore items are bizarre in terms of pricing. Our governments' needs to return to some industry subsidy I think and change some welfare laws to allow those on welfare to work more casual hours than they can.
I DO want to point out that my comments are in no way directed at individual Chinese people - but to corporate Chinese governance and our own govts not carefully looking in to what products overseas countries are selling to us. That latter comment applies across the board. Perhaps it's the case that overseas exporters need to pay a fee for one of our research companies to thoroughly investigate product and to conduct regular spot checks. I certainly hope our govt's are not subsidising or loaning money to these problematic business even via the international bank! I cannot understand why the Chinese have not been smart enough to realise what the backlash was going to be sooner or later.
Perhaps MaryKZ we need to return to home sewing machines and simple patterns - at least for basic kid's clothing.