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It's becoming increasingly difficult to shop 'ethically' these days and choose products manufactured either in your country, or indeed in neighbouring countries. I'm talking specifically about shopping online in this gripe, but it also applies to shopping on the high street too. Although in that case you can have a look to see where that product is manufactured, but of course that isn't obvious and you may need to do some digging to discover that those Polairoid TVs in Asda are in fact manufactured in China.
For some reason or other it's often difficult to find out where something is manufactured. I can only assume it's because they don't want you to know. I also believe they don't want you to know because you're basically paying good money for inferior products more often than not.
I can't find something not 'Made in China'
The pair of slippers pictured in this gripe were bought from Matalan. Despite searching carefully to try and find slippers manufactured somewhere other than China these were bought for me by my partner after many dead ends trying to ascertain where they came from. It was a gamble and of course when they arrived - they were of course 'Made in China'. But OK, the deed is done and I needed them as my last set slippers lasted barely a year before being fit for nothing other than the bin.
These slippers however beat the record by miles, they didn't even last a month before the souls cracked and made tripping up a daily occurance. What did I expect? Well not a lot really. My expectations for Chinese made products are spectacularly low. But that is not the issue. It's the fact that I can't find an alternative and I can't find something not 'Made in China' because none of the big retailers have the balls to publicly state where their goods are manufactured.
The big giants such as Google, Amazon and Ebay are even worse and in my mind have probably exacerbated the situation. They've basically become storefronts for Chinese companies peddling their crap from so-called "British" companies. You have to do some digging to find out the truth.
How has it come to this? Probably because people are greedy. They want everything as cheap as possible and that's exactly what you got. But there's that old saying, you get what you pay for, which is fine I suppose, apart from the fact that the slippers from Matalan cost twice as much as the ones I had that were made in Europe a few years ago and they lasted much better! I'm still waiting to find out what Matalan are going to do about this.
I do shop ethically where I can, but retailers and the big tech companies aren't making it easy.