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Interesting comments Peter,

If correct about the lack of preventive maintenance, H & S in Chinese manufacturing it makes me wonder how people that perhaps work in a well regulated industry, with good H & S,would feel if they were told that there would be no more preventive maintenance, PA Testing & so on to compete with the far east ?

Double standards ?

So, is the purchaser happy for someone on the other side of the world to make his goods in less than accepted "western" conditions for a lower price, provided the same principles do not apply to him/her in their work.

Personally, I would prefer to pay a little more (& still no actual figures from anyone) & have my goods manufactured closer to home.

Be interesting to see how Chinese made models "stand the test of time" !
 

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QUOTE (wiggy25 @ 23 Sep 2007, 11:03) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I wonder what the actual price difference is on a per model basis, from those built overseas and here?

For arguments sake lets say a a RRP of £100 what does it cost to make here and overseas, taking into account all the shipping costs etc.

To have the model built here what would that RRP increase to?

H & B are, of course well aware of what the RRP would be if the models were built here.

There's about as much chance at H or B telling us an honest answer to that one as a traffic free M25 at 8 in the morning !
 

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Politicians answer Gary !

What I (& others) are asking is how much ? - not how many - your answer only tells me that it would take 3.3 Chinese to do my job !

Yes, the newer models are highly detailed, but what about the stuff that has not really changed - (the HST springs to mind) - AFAIK it's not changed at all.

Regarding Richards "One Man Crusade" that sounds like the pot calling the kettle black - what about yours then ?
 

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QUOTE (Gary @ 23 Sep 2007, 12:17) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>and the fact is Hornby claim to be selling large numbers of Select units and decoders and if they are this suggests that Hornby understand their customers requirements rather better than DCC experts!

Hornby certainly do understand their customer base - you only have to check out their own DCC forum to work out what type of modeller makes up the bulk of their customer base.
 

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QUOTE (Gary @ 27 Sep 2007, 16:57) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>And even more odd that eBay is allowed to turn a blind eye to such sales.

It's not so much that eBay are allowed to turn a blind eye, as what can be done to make eBay "toe the line" - whatever that line may happen to be !

AFAIK eBay are Swiss owned & therefore again AFAIK not subject to much legislation at all apart from their own.

No matter what your interests, if you look enough you will find lots of examples of double standards.
 
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