Stand Alone Rainwater Harvesting System
Made in the U.S.A.- for business reasons
by RainSaucers Inc. on May 28th, 2013

During our recent appearance at the Self Reliance Expo we had an interesting conversation with an attendee who was CONVINCED that our product could be made cheaper in China. He thought our costs were too high and that Chinese manufacturing was the key to achieving low price points and national distribution. And while we didn't have time for a debate at the time, let us state for the record that in our case, Chinese production is not cheaper.

In fact, we tried working with plastic from China and found it be the same price as American vendors after customs duties and shipping charges. Not to mention that the quality wasn't all the great and there were indeed some miscommunications about what we wanted.  Manufacturing in China might make more sense for us if our product was smaller or highly labor intensive. But since we make our product out of large, heavy plastic sheet that we cut ourselves with proprietary tools, the China cost advantage is non-existent.

Our view is consistent with other companies that work with Plastic in large amounts. For example, most of the plastic tank and barrel companies we know manufacture in the United States. Even plastics giant Rubbermaid makes is trash cans and 80% of all its products here including many of its food grade commercial containers.


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