So far this week here at The Button Blog we have discussed myths about Chinese 3-in-1 button makers, provided a price comparison between American-made all-in-one button making kits and Chinese all-in-one button making machines, and contrasted the great usability and design of American-made button makers with their Chinese-made counterparts. Today, in the final installment of our four-part, weeklong lesson on the differences between American-made button machines and Chinese-made button machines, we are going to discuss the significant differences in manufacturing quality. If you read yesterday's post, you will recognize the next two images. We are posting them again for use as reference while you read the rest of this post. If you look at the picture above, it looks like the Chinese machine is made entirely of steel. However this is not true. The Chinese machine has an internal metal “frame” that has a plastic covering applied over it and is then painted. This begs the question, in our mind, why would you cover metal with a thick plastic? There are a few potential reasons that we can surmise:
- To cover rust during the import process.
- To make it look like the entire machine is larger and made entirely of metal.
- To cut corners and save money, which has long been a criticism of Chinese-made products in general. (Of course, as we noted in our previous button maker kit comparison article, despite the lower quality of the Chinese-made button machines, they are still more expensive.)
- Why would you make such an important part of a button machine out of a cheap manufacturing process?
- What if this casted part breaks?
- Your button machine is imported, where do you get replacement parts?
- Less costly.
- Greater manufacturing quality.
- Easier to use.
- More time-efficient.
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