Made in… Where is That

I just peeled a Made in China sticker off a piece of my recording equipment.

The sticker lifted right off, didn’t even leave a mark. After running my finger over the spot where it was displayed there was nothing left but the shine of metal, I didn’t have to buff at all. I smiled and thought to myself, how easy was that.

The sticker came right off.

Then I thought, who required that sticker to be there? Is it China?

Does the Chinese government work that into trade negotiations between the countries? Their own way of “sticking it to the man”?
“Ha! Made in China!”

Well Ha! Your sticker came right off.

Now I’m not trying to put down the Chinese, I am referring to my specific sticker, which was made in China.
Or was it?

Are these stickers being mass produced in China or the United States? Most of us already know that just about everything here already is made in foreign factories. My mind at first pictures a little mom and pop shop in a third world country, the two of them scurrying around all day to meet their required quota of 3/4 inch sticker production, with just enough quality to get said stickers out of the country. Yet certainly these stickers are mass produced by a machine. A machine specifically designed to produce little stickers using current metric system measurements. In this case, like many others, apparently either the machine, or the metric system, is not functioning properly.

The sticker came right off.

Is the United States profiting with the sticker? Of course the production costs are being transferred to the buyer, we the people. So exactly what did this cost me? What value has been put on the production location sticker, the “made in” label? Does the sticker add value to an item? Are replacements available?

Because my sticker fell off.

-mll