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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:10 pm 
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Hi,

Having completed the oak chest of drawers for Bron I've been waiting for metal drawer knobs to arrive from China. These knobs arrived today and are fantastic for the price which really has surprised me. The picture below shows the eBay listing and at the price I thought it worth a risk. I'll be updating the drawer thread shortly once the knobs are installed.

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Col - I purchase stuff direct from China on a regular basis and find that they are indeed exactly the same product as you'd purchase in the UK but at 1/4 the price. Some retailers really take the mickey with their pricing structure. But, whilst I know they have overheads to pay for, even taking these into account you can often see that you're still being 'ripped off'.

The high street is dead and, possibly sooner than we realise, internet purchases will be the ONLY way to shop.

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I buy stuff regularly from China via eBay and have done for some time. Mostly smaller bits and pieces. First rate service usually, and no disappointments yet. One lot failed to arrive, and was promptly sent out again by the seller. Another item was broken on arrival. Seller again sent out immediate replacement. Did he want the broken item sent back? No, please dispose of it.

The only thing I am wary of is batteries like the 18650 type. They often don't have the advertised capacity or protection circuits if sourced direct from China. I buy known reliable makes from UK suppliers.



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Hi,

Thanks k_e & Dave54. Normally I would buy in the UK even if the price was slightly higher just to support our own manufacturers but I changed my attitude when the big company I worked for in Huddersfield closed a number of factories just leaving the main headquarter factory where I worked with a handful of staff; it is now just a despatch area for motors made abroad. I can understand why this happened and its not just financial; managers were at each others throat; many shop floor employees thought all they had to do was to turn up for work to qualify for their wage packet; departments put obstacles up preventing harmony; in short the factories if all alike deserved to close. The problem started with highly paid poor leadership who were not in touch with what was happening.

I well remember one day when I with other staff were summoned to a meeting in one of the conference rooms and this meeting was chaired by a top man not of our particular company but of the whole group who had come to address us. The gist was that we staff had to get onto the shop floor and sort the workers out and if we didn't it wouldn't bother him because if our factory closed he could still enjoy driving around in his Morgan car? The reason for most of the upset was that this top ranking idiot had caused the problem by not honouring a pay agreement and the outstanding money still hadn't been paid a few months after the agreement. The result was that two of our company top management went over this idiots head and explained at an higher level what had just occurred; the idiot had just gone on a weeks holiday no doubt driving his Morgan; the money was immediately paid and a lot of the bitterness disappeared. When the idiot came back from holiday our two top rankers disappeared. I couldn't make this sort of thing up if I tried. ::b ::b ::b

I'm still loyal to the UK and still proud to be a genuine Yorkshire-man; knocking our own country doesn't help but there is something totally wrong with the system as it is now when people receive more money on benefit for remaining home; if I wanted to eat I had to graft so what has changed other than a continuation of bad government? Sorry I'm not meaning to moan or call anyone but I thought the Industrial Revolution started here so why are we now so bad at manufacturing; possibly because we now manufacture fast food better than industry? When I was a lad our nation was proud and "Made in Britain" meant something. How times have changed.

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Farage put it best. He talks of a 'fifth column' operating on our country. People with no regard for anything other than their own financial well-being, even (especially) if that means selling our services, products, hardware and (most ridiculously) intelligence to anyone, anywhere.

Rather than supporting the best of our industris we now see them being sold overseas and the businesses run too much for the shareholders and not enough for the workers or the customers interests.

This is 'corporatism' though - and it can only get worse.

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I've got a feeling that the "fifth column" thing you talk about is what's wrong with a lot of the world. I'm not a socialist, but I think that somewhere there is a balance between the need of the many, and the greed of the few. We have seen this country's industry ruined by an imbalance of that one way, and then the other over the years.
It always amuses me that the other main countries in the EU managed to keep their industry, while we lost our's.

Mind you one of the brainless ones was waffling in that big oak lined and leather padded sleeping room a while back. He said he thought it was a good thing we had lost out heavy industry, as it was nasty, dirty and dangerous, and not very green.
Can't remember which particular one it was. He was wearing a suit! :-)

Far as the buying stuff as cheaply as possible goes, if the stuff was made in this country I'd buy it to support our industry. As it is made abroad anyway, I don't see that I have any need to support someone else in this country's profit from buying and selling.



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