Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day: also made in China

St. Valentine's Day was invented in Rome in 496 A.D. Fifteen centuries and 18 years later, it is Made in China.

Hallmark cards are an American institution. Look on the back of the Hallmark Valentine's Day cards this year: Made in China. Find a mainstream (not niche) competitor's card and look in the back: also Made in China.

Next to the cards are the stuffed animals. Look at the tags: every one of them is made in China.

Just below the cards are the fun little Valentine's Day games. These used to be printed in Cincinnati, or New York, or Seattle. This year? Every one of them is printed in China.

Now look at the fancy boxes of candy. All of them, even the venerable Italian brand, Ferrero Rocher, say "Made in China" on the label.

Even the holiday-priced jewelry and wristwatches you might buy for a Valentine's Day gift are all Made in China.

The only way to give your sweetheart something for Valentine's Day that is not Made in China is to make it yourself. This assumes, of course, that you don't live in China.


Scott said...

For Valentine's Day, Kellie received some US-made SmartWool PhD socks. Now that's sharing the love.

Zyzmog said...

Scott, you really know the way to a woman's heart.