Saskboy mirrors well what I've been thinking. It's astonishing to discover just how pervasive China-made goods are in our country, something I hadn't really thought about until the pet-food scandal.
I was in the bookstore the other day, looking at books for toddlers and babies. Reading the back cover of one, I noticed in little type the words "Made in China." Huh? I thought. Why is a book manufactured in China, especially one for kids at an age who have a habit of chewing everything in sight? Especially when we're learning more and more that goods for kids made in China seem to contain lead paint? I looked at another similar one, published by a different company. Same thing. Made in China. Didn't matter if the publisher was American, British, or Canadian, all their puffy books or cardboard-type books were made in China. If I wanted to buy a book printed here in North America, my only option was to buy a regular-type book, the kind toddlers generally aren't interested in looking at or playing with and must be read to the kid by an adult (or older kid). The fabric ones I couldn't ascertain where they were made. So what is a consumer to do?