Why I won’t boycott Chinese products
I was shopping on Mohammad Ali Road in south Mumbai on the weekend, checking out electronic items. For those who are unaware, you can buy all kinds of Chinese goods on Mohammad Ali Road.
On Mohammad Ali Road one can get one’s hands on cheap Chinese goods — mobile phones, toys, watches, DVD players…
While the Chinese products are cheap, one thing you can be guaranteed of is that there is no guarantee for these products.
As one shopkeeper told me: “Yeh China ka maal hai, chalega toh chaand tak, varna shaam tak (If it lasts it will run for a long time and if not, it will be a dead product by the evening).”
As I was discussing Chinese products with the shopkeeper, I received a message which read: ‘Boycott all Chinese products.’
As China had blocked India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the message added we must boycott Chinese goods.
The angst in the message was clear: India had suffered diplomatic humiliation because of China and we Indians must rally and teach the Chinese a lesson — by boycotting Chinese products.
A subsequent message said Japan had allowed the import of American oranges, but the Japanese did not eat a single American orange and let them rot. You know why?
The Japanese wanted to support their farmers although Japanese oranges were bitter compared to American oranges.
When the Japanese could teach the Americans a lesson, why couldn’t the Indians teach the Chinese a lesson to remember by boycotting Chinese goods?
Let me clarify: I can’t vouch for the authenticity of the Japanese information.
Later, the same boycott call was spread on social media.
（作者：Syed Firdaus Ashraf ）
by ramachandran povira (View MyPage) on Jul 02, 2016 09:28 PM
Chinese products are cheap in price and quality. But we are unable to produce anything that comes anywhere near their quality and price. The quality of things produced by our established companies may be high. But they cost too much for the low and middle class. As an electronic technician I had seen both Indian and Chinese electronic products. The low cost items produced by us is much inferior to Chinese products in quality and aesthetics. Why are we unable to produce products that match Chinese products ?
What Syed Firdaus
by piri (View MyPage) on Jun 28, 2016 11:52 PM | Hide replies
did not say :
1. The traders who bring in Chinese goods into India are almost entirely Indian, not Chinese !
2. These Indian traders (mostly North Indians) go to China and hunt for the cheapest but deceptively good looking products and bring them to India wholescale. It is in these products that they make the biggest margins. They are able to get them very very cheap from the Chinese and sell them to mostly unsuspecting Indians who fall for the combination of good looks and cheap prices (just a little bit cheaper than desi equivalents).
3. Exports to India makes up just 2.6 % of the total exports from China (60 billion USD). And if the profits earned by the Chinese from exports is estimated, exports to India earn much less than 2.6 % of the total profits earned by them.
Therefore, the impression that many Indians, especially middle class Indians, have that they can somehow harm Chinese interests much by not purchasing Chinese made goods is not based on sound logic. In fact, the segment that will actually be hurt if such an unlikely event takes place is the group of Indian traders who make a lot of money indeed from trading in Chinese goods !
Lets boycott wherever possible
by venkat (View MyPage) on Jun 28, 2016 08:27 PM
It is tough to boycott phones and other cheap electronics since Chinese dominate this field. Even here, you can pickup a Samsung over a Mi. I am distressed to see almost all plastic items, light fitting, tiles etc. from China. Everyone should try to buy from an alternate source like Taiwan, Malaysia etc.