Yes, I am aware that the mainland Chinese regard Taiwan as part of China.
That is why I said mainland China, so not to differentiate between Taiwan and China.
The American consumer, though, does differentiate between products made in Taiwan and products made in mainland China, whether rightly or wrongly.
And, so does the U.S.government in matters like tariffs or import regulations. For quite some time, the PRC has had special regulations governing trade,
while Taiwan has not.
There is so much blur today since Taiwanese companies have production on the mainland and vice-versa.
And, today, there are some wonderful astronomy products from companies like JingHua Optical and Kunming United Optics, etc, which blurs the line even more.
So my comments were merely intended to let people know that when you said, "and they do OEM for Televue now", you were referring to Taiwan,
not to enter into a geopolitical discussion.
I disagree with what you said about governing the trading. But no political topic here.
Some TV eyepieces are indeed made in Mainland China. And has some relationship with Explorer Scientific before. And the ES eyepieces are made by Jinghua, and changed the name to JOC Group already.
At the very begining, they put “Made in ROC” on eyepieces. But not everyone can distinguish republic of China (ROC) and People’s Republic of China (PRC). And a lot of people think products made in China means low quality. Telling the truth, I also think that way before. Then they change it to “made in Taiwan”. But still, not every one buy it. Then they erased the word now. So, not matter they are from Taiwan, Japan or USA, they all looks same.
Does Televue cheat you? No. They indeed let the Taiwan manufacturers OEM. But they doesn’t put the term in contract saying all the work along production line must be done in Taiwan. And all the Taiwan OEM manufacturers have factories in mainland China. You know what will happen. However, the factory in mainland China is following the OEM manufacturers’ standard procedure and TV’s quality requirement. And their supplier are all the same. So no need to worry about the quality. TV is still THE TV
Businessman are greedy, no matter where are they from. They will always find some place to make cost less products and make more profit. Some super famous fashion brand even buy leathers directly from China, then stamp “Made in Italy”, and make the price hundred times more. Apple is kinda honest, but he also play the trick change the word “Made in China” to “Assemble in China” on iPhone.
Anyway, it’s age of globalization now. Why should we care about where are all these products from. And how can you tell there is no other countries are involved for one product? I have Televue NP101, Ethos, Nagler which are made in US, I also have QHY 16200, Skywatcher HEQ5 which are made in China. As long as they can made good stuff, why should I care where are they from?
Edited by hongxu chen, 16 July 2019 - 09:52 PM.