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    I know this is old news but how do you guys feel about labels moving to China for cheaper production costs.. like Coach and Burberry.. No offense to China but I personally feel it cheapens the brand. I don't think Coach puts as much time into their bags as they used to... sloppy stitching (the signatures dont line up).. etc.. Also about Burberry.. it seems kind of ridiculous.. I feel it would be like going to mcdonalds and ordering a whopper. LOL.
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    from the business prospective I can totally see that being a good move to lower costs HOWEVER, they should realize that by doing so they will loose customers.

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    I haven't really noticed the alignment being off or sloppy stitching with Coach bags... the lining doesn't seem as nice though. But I don't think that really has anything to do with them being made in China, they are just using less expensive materials. I guess all I can say is that times are changing and companies looking to keep things "affordable" are moving their factories to places where labor is less expensive. It's not like Coach bags are now being made in sweat shops or anything like that. As far as I can tell, they are still trying to uphold their standards. ::shrugs::

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    from the business prospective I can totally see that being a good move to lower costs HOWEVER, they should realize that by doing so they will loose customers.
    This is true too... especially people who bought Coach because it was an American made product (of course, this would be referring to more "seasoned" Coach collectors since they have been making stuff in China for some time now).

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    ^^Yeah, I've heard people bad mouth Coach ever since they moved production to China. They say their quality isn't as good. I think it'd be better if it wasn't made there like everything else, but like Jennifer said, it is a lower cost for the company to make it there...

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    i wouldn't go as far as to say sweat shop but honestly, you never know. why else do you think more than half of the products we use come from china? it's extremely cheap sweat shop labor.. and for anyone who disagrees, do a little research.. it's not hard to see various child labor and sweat shop conditions claims made against your favorite stores.. target, wal-mart, etc. buuut i am digressing, this is a board about handbags.. and personally i feel that burberry made in china is nowhere near as prestigious as burberry made in london.. or wherever.
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    Yes, you do have a point about the Burberry. I am fully aware that many things come from sweatshops, but that doesn't mean that everything that comes from China was sewn together by sleep-deprived children. There is no reason to believe that Coach or Burberry are using sweatshop labor to produce their handbags, otherwise their stuff would be MUCH cheaper (unless they are putting a 1000&#37; markup on all their goods). The thought of something being made in China does take away from its prestige... but business is business and they are going to do what they have to do to keep their costs down. I'm predicting that other designers will eventually begin to follow, unfortunate as it is. What about Juicy now that they are owned by Liz Claiborne? Yep... they went bye-bye too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    from the business prospective I can totally see that being a good move to lower costs HOWEVER, they should realize that by doing so they will loose customers.

    I totally agree...

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    I personally think that the image of Made in China as a sign of mass production and cheap quality is going to change if gradually. Just as Made in Japan used to be synonimous with cheap copies back in the '50s and '60's. The only reason their standards are not quite there yet is because they are still in the quick profit mindset, but everytime they re-invest to upgrade their businesses, a few will inevitably move towards quality over quantity.

    I will never forget the national art treasures (currently in Taiwan) that were traveling around the museums about a decade ago. Some of their porcelain pieces are nothing short of miraculous in terms of craftsmanship and beauty. When it comes to craftsmanship, this is one country not to underestimate. They have a huge pool/population of artists to draw from and labor is comparatively cheap but as the value of the dollar drops, their products will become more and more expensive for us.

    As the number of affluent Chinese increase, they will demand more quality goods and original designs will start setting trends. It may take a good 20-30 years but they seem to have an energetic momentum that's just starting to crank up. Western companies should be wary of training the Chinese workers in doing fine work because there will come a time when they will break away to start their own businesses with the skills, including Western style business practices they picked up and start competing at a different level. When the Chinese have the resources to start doing their own aggressive marketing campaigns, it should be interesting and a little scary.

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    If i give my opinion , then i think Made in China products are loosing its brand goodwill. People are not willing to pay for Chinese products at cheapest price. They are preferring now good quality products. So either the China has to improve its products quality or let it be in the market in existing position.

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    My personal opinion is that made in china doesn't mean made in a sweat shop or made cheap. If the product is made cheap, then the design house it to blame, by not ensuring that quality control is in place. Not saying that there aren't sweat-shops in china, heck they are here in North America too. Also don't know how many history buffs we have here, but way back in the the early 1930's, Italy was considered the china of Europe. You know, people worked cheap so they would have work.
    Also, lets not forget that English and French royalty would send ships to asia for the finest textiles in the world. So there are generations of textile workers in asia, so lets not assume that they are unskilled.

    Not trying to be political, just offering a different perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by looking for viaggi View Post
    If the product is made cheap, then the design house it to blame, by not ensuring that quality control is in place.
    I agree completely!

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