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April 12, 2010
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Last week’s CI CyberNews CyberPoll focused on competition with Third World manufacturers. Can U.S. companies compete?

Last week’s CI CyberNews CyberPoll focused on competition with Third World manufacturers. The majority of respondents (72.7%) believe that U.S. manufacturers cannot compete with Third World companies because of U.S. labor laws, health and safety restrictions, and other regulations.

Comments included:

“Third World countries need to raise their regulation standards rather than US manufacturers lowering theirs!”

“If we don’t want to live in a Third World country, there is a price to be paid. We are operating in a false economy that is on a downward spiral. China imprisons its citizens who complain about workplace safety, deaths due to the shoddy construction of their schools and other infrastructure. At what point will Americans stop and look at the true cost of WalMart’s $20 DVD player? This is all a matter of national security-true national security that is not measured by the weaponry a nation owns.”

“There is no such thing as a level playing field in international manufacturing. It is up to our government to protect the manufacturing companies in the US. And so far they have not.”

“Only technologies that have not ‘evolved’ in those 3rd world companies are safe from ‘cheap’ competition. Why would any company put up with the added logistics, poorer quality and all the other headaches if it were not for the incredible overall cost advantage?”

Many thanks to all of the CI CyberNews readers who have participated in our CyberPolls! Not a CI CyberNews subscriber? Follow this link to sign up for your free subscription!


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