What he said,,,,
Originally posted by spowell:
The important things for outsourced products is that the outsourced company have a good quality control system, follow the design specified by the originator, use only approved materials, and be capable of meeting production schedules.
In most cases the biggest difference between products is their design and materials. For cheaper brands some design tolerances and material requirements are lessened to allow the use of cheaper materials and more streamlined production processes. As long as the company contracted for manufacturing follows the orignal design specifications and uses the specified materials then the outgoing product will be just as good as if manufactured somewhere else with the same requirements.
A poorly designed product using lesser-grade materials will be just as poor a product whether assembled in India, China, Germany, or the US. High-quality designs and materials will produce good products regardless of origination provided their quality control systems maintain that level of material and workmanship.