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Made in China.

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Here's the problem, just about everything from China seems to fall apart after a couple months. For example, I bought a trailer jack on eBay a few weeks ago and when I when to use it the whole mounting bracket twisted and broke. It's not like it was overloaded or anything, it was just very poorly made. I asked for my money back and got it. I guess they just don't expect that many folk to ask for their cash back.

So I have a new bracket made by a friend. It worked ..... for another couple of weeks, then the whole gear mechanism failed. Now I know this is just one small case, but it's 100% indicative of the problem China has.

Back in 1964 Tokyo held The Olympics and put Japan on the map. No one in Europe or America had really ever heard of Sony, Toyota or Canon before then, but they have now.

Can you name even one "brand" from China? Seriously. And we've been buying stuff from there for a while now. The problem is, no one from China can afford the stuff they make, so why would they care what the quality is like. And until that gets fixed, no one will ever be able to remember any "brands" from China.

Will China ever be able to make a quality product? I'd give it a 50/50 chance. BYD Cars may crack it with the right management, but I don't know of anyone else. A couple years ago, I used to make somewhat of an effort to avoid Chinese products, but as they began to fill all the shelves of any store I went to, I just gave up.

Out of curiosity, I recently checked where the multiple hard drives I had where made. Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand. And the one crappy, noisy one .... China. Then I looked around my desk. SD cards, Taiwan. Crappy fan that makes a noise it shouldn't, China. Super nice pocket knife, USA (at last something). Crappy LED flash light that works 30% of the time, China. Try doing this yourself, I expect the same pattern.

I'm not an expert on social trends, manufacturing or economics, but I predict a problem or two for China a few years down the line. The population of India will exceed the population of China in 2013 and if they can learn to make trailer jacks and the like just a smidge better than the ones being made in China right now.