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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Know how of the Chinese

Some time ago I bought a can opener.
Nice, stainless steel, with a white plastic handle, Made in China, cost 4 Euros.
The first time I used it I had big problems.
It worked well for half a centimeter then stopped.
No way to cut that piece.
Began again and cut another centimeter and the same happened, stooped and didn’t want to cut that piece.
At the end I had several small pieces cut, I could empty the juice, but no way to open the can.
I thought, as last resource, to use a knife.
It worked, also because the can, even though the peas were Germans, was Made in China, and the Aluminum was very thin.
Unfortunately, almost at the end, I cut one finger of the hand that was keeping the can still.
I immediately washed, dried the finger and put a plaster.
The plaster (Made in China) lasted a few seconds.
My husband (the German) had immediately a solution (German blood)"Why don’t I put a tape ON the plaster so that it keeps it?
Good idea, but the tape was also Made in China.
Lasted a few minutes, then opened.
I still remember the old plasters you took away after two days and you had to water them before, in order NOT to remove your own skin with the plaster...

Some time ago we had a similar experience with our doors.
They were a little bit "shabby", but still in good shape, in my opinion.
Which was not the opinion of my husband (the German).
We usually have different point of view...
"I will paint them anyway..."
I would have simply put a piece of cartoon on the floor and painted them "in loco"
Of course that would be TOO SIMPLE for a German.
In order to perform the work in the BEST way "we (pluralis Majestatis) need four working goats".
We need four because the doors are three.
When the first coat dries in door A, I can paint the first coat in door B. In the meantime I can free part one and paint the first coat in door C. And so on...
We go to OBI.
The working goats were, as the label said "German quality, Chinese price"
And we agreed, because when you talk about saving, Italians and Germans have the same point of view...
Then we had to buy the paint : the cheap one was 5 Euros and the expensive 35 Euros.
It wasn’t difficult to decide, of course for the one which was SEVEN times cheaper.
The Brush.
German Brush: 8 Euros for on brush.
Chinese: 6 brushes 5 Euros.
The German dared to say: The German lasts longer..
The Italian: when you are finished, you have to wash it, dry it and then you put it somewhere and the next time you need it, you have to buy a new one ANYWAY because you do not remember where it is..
The German agreed, mostly to the last reason...in our house 90% of the time spent to do something IS spent to look for the tools to do it, and if you want the job done, you have to buy NEW tools.

So, dismount the doors, put door A on the first two working goats and door B on the seconds...
On the paint is written: no need to add solvent..
It comes out that it looks like a thick glue, colored in white.
You must be careful and fast to use it.
The brushes revealed soon to be NOT what you would need with such a paint.
Most of the hair stayed on the paint, and ON the door...

But the worst was the German quality, Chinese price goats.
They were good, they opened right, they were even at the same level, but they were made for the height of the average Chinese, who is smaller than the average German.
Result?
A pain in the back, cured, this time with Aspirin Made in Germany.

I am not so sure the Chinese copied the HOW, but certainly not the know.
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