How many times do Chinese manufacturers — purely in the name of profit — have to make and market poisoned toys in through Walmart before parents get a clue and just say no to cheap plastic — and poisoned — crap from China?
From the Los Angeles Times:
For China’s low-cost jewelry makers, it was an open trade secret: The metal cadmium is shiny, strong and malleable at low temperatures, regardless of its health hazards. And it’s cheap.
Despite the risks, manufacturers in factories ringing this city on China’s east coast say their top priority is profit. So offering cut-rate goods often means using lower quality materials, including cadmium, which is known to cause cancer.
“Business is business, and it’s all up to our client,” said He Huihua, manager of the Suiyuan Jewelry Shop at International Trade City in Yiwu, a sprawling wholesale mecca where sellers pitch their wares in hopes of landing a lucrative export contract.
Walmart is known for saving more than a few dollars by exploiting the children of workers by using them as models in their flyers. That is done with the consent of parents and the kids get to be famous for a day or so.
Buying and selling of cheap plastic — and poisoned — crap from China, however, is another matter. Could Walmart even stock its toy departments without cheap plastic — and poisoned — crap from China? Probably not.
I smell yet another class-action lawsuit in the works.