Originally Posted by pujuma
yeah it comes down to the most basic of human instinct: Prejudice.
Before the big move of manufacture to China, a label "Made in China" meant nothing bad at all and some goods were prized for being made in China. Today, most companies that outsorce to China automatically lower the quality, as well, hence the perceived notion that made in China means low quality.
To be perfectly honest, my most durable footwear ever has been a pair of Nike running shoes (made somewhere in East Asia, not sure which country) that I have owned for over 10 years - taken regular beating, washed in the washing machine, never had to resole, restore or do anything and they still look new. Heck, they still have their original laces.
I personally don't believe that made in China automatically means low quality. I am sure China has more qualified seamstresses than any other country in the world. If an item is made with quality materials by a well-trained worker - it doesn't really matter what is the country of origin. And this is up to the manufacturer. There are many examples - Nike, Apple, etc. pull out quality products made in SE Asia (including China) all the time.