Trampoline prices 'to soar 50% on shipping costs'
18/01/2021 | news | business | 1,202
The owner of a toy retailer says high transport costs may mean larger toys become more expensive.
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18/01/2021 11:10:32 30 8
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I'm sure things will bounce back after a while.
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18/01/2021 11:11:02 141 18
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I remember when these became popular a few years ago.

Now they just sit in people’s gardens, rotting away after the children grew up and/or got bored of them.

Do people still buy these things ?
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jay
18/01/2021 11:12:35 57 7
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Yes sold ours a few months ago very popular could not buy a new one last year during lockdown. Kids grow out of it but new ones grow into it.
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18/01/2021 11:13:34 12 3
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There was a large rise of children attending fracture clinics too after these became popular
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18/01/2021 11:29:43 5 2
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People are still giving birth so yes there is a demand for the relevant age groups - also good for drunk adults
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18/01/2021 11:49:48 5 2
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Or they blown into the road in high winds.
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18/01/2021 12:19:44 1 1
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Perhaps just as well - major source of 'customers' to A&E!
18/01/2021 17:42:43 0 0
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All I had to play with in the garden as a child was a bucket of water and an old ball. We were lucky enough to have a garden.
18/01/2021 20:11:42 0 0
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These are the things that tend to blow onto the railway lines and cause transport mayhem - perhaps they have now decided to factor that into the cost and recover the loss in taxes!
19/01/2021 06:58:28 0 0
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I wandered some streets in Western Scotland and was amazed as every other garden seemed to have one.
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18/01/2021 11:11:07 5 5
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Got pigs in blankets this year so not all doom and gloom then.
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18/01/2021 11:38:54 0 1
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Still selling a surpluss of them now
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18/01/2021 11:11:25 5 5
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I'd expect the prices to jump up and down.
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18/01/2021 11:11:39 5 6
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Who says Brexit doesn't have its ups and downs...
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18/01/2021 11:11:53 12 12
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There are many other more important imports affected by the stupidity of Brexit, but the BBC chooses to trivialise the matter.
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18/01/2021 11:14:19 15 4
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Since when has China had anything to do with the EU and Brexit?
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18/01/2021 11:17:16 2 2
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What else are you going to blame on Brexit?
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18/01/2021 12:05:58 0 0
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Waffle Waffle drone drone
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18/01/2021 11:11:57 250 37
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Good news, his firm can make more products in the UK.
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18/01/2021 11:14:42 223 32
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agree completely. find a UK company to supply the equipment. Buy British
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18/01/2021 11:47:49 36 9
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A. His company is not a manufacturing one and B. Any company making trampolines (or any product) has to pay their UK staff £10 per hour and in doing so immediately price themselves out of the market.
Just saying "Good news, his firm can make more products in the UK" is the sort of nonsense that led so many to believe and vote for Brexit.
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18/01/2021 11:58:00 18 4
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His firm is a retailer not manufacturer, as you are so knowledgeable you will be able to let us know the UK trampoline manufacturers
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18/01/2021 12:10:39 11 3
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Only good if the manufacturing capacity exists, in the meantime they either can't get stock or it's so expensive nobody will buy it. Either way they go out of business.
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18/01/2021 12:02:27 13 8
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Typical head-in-the-sand brexiteer approach to this issue, despite the fact that our economy is (was?) 80% service based, we just don't have the industry to back up the demand for products we use that come from other countries.
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18/01/2021 12:22:47 3 1
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Whatever he does the consumer will end up paying more. Bad news for everyone.
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18/01/2021 14:10:59 1 0
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Wishful thinking there. It will always be cheaper to manufacture in China. And we've got a government that doesn't believe in British industry... or did we forget the last 50 years?
18/01/2021 20:44:17 0 0
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Really?

How many businesses still 'manufacture' real goods in the UK?

Please exclude those that only or mainly assemble foreign made components.
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18/01/2021 11:12:07 14 11
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Might , may lets see shall we.
In the meantime if anyone knows of any anti brexit stories please phone the BBC they are desperate for more
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jon
18/01/2021 11:12:09 6 4
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An industry with its ups and downs!
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18/01/2021 11:12:13 12 4
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I'm sure that prices will come back down in spring time! :P
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18/01/2021 11:11:02 141 18
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I remember when these became popular a few years ago.

Now they just sit in people’s gardens, rotting away after the children grew up and/or got bored of them.

Do people still buy these things ?
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jay
18/01/2021 11:12:35 57 7
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Yes sold ours a few months ago very popular could not buy a new one last year during lockdown. Kids grow out of it but new ones grow into it.
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18/01/2021 12:18:05 2 1
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Dogs love them ??
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18/01/2021 11:12:44 4 4
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It’s just the ups and downs of fad popularity.
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18/01/2021 11:13:15 308 39
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How about we stop importing cheaply made Chinese rubbish ?
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18/01/2021 11:15:35 85 167
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like your phone that you're probably using right now or most of the white goods/electronics in your home?
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18/01/2021 11:40:53 7 7
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Clearly you do not realise that China and surrounding nations are favoured by the big names because of genuine high quality and the fact that they are using advanced engineering that simply isn't available in the Europe or the US.
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18/01/2021 11:45:12 4 2
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Did you know a lot of the big brand name high tech stuff in your house is also made in China?
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18/01/2021 11:45:40 3 2
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how about you understand how economics work
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18/01/2021 11:54:48 5 0
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That will happen as soon as we stop buying it
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18/01/2021 12:06:51 4 1
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There is a difference between cheaply made and rubbish made. Many products from China are good quality, it's down to the buying companies specification and choice, and quality testing to make sure the Chinese producer is adhering to this.

I work for a large global manufacturer and with strict controls we have Chinese products as good as European/UK made.
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18/01/2021 13:22:38 1 0
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OK, we'll just import the cheaply made Chinese quality items then.

Lots to choose from.
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18/01/2021 13:45:39 1 0
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We can make our own rubbish (with parts and raw materials for them shipped in from other countries, and in plants where the IT and other systems and functions are outsourced to Indian companies, not Kashmiri obviously)
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18/01/2021 14:09:15 2 0
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Well because it's not rubbish is it? We stopped our own industries because the Chinese can produce electronics at a fraction of the cost we can here. People literally voted for the government that sells things off.... Brexit doesn't mean a return to "made in Britain", it means more money in Tory offshore accounts because they played the stock market on Brexit.
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18/01/2021 14:14:22 0 0
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You're willing to pay four or five times as much for many things you buy? No one is stopping you.
18/01/2021 19:39:04 0 0
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Good luck with that.
19/01/2021 06:55:48 1 0
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Since we're now out of the EU, let's add a pro rata carbon Tax to all imports travelling more than 500 miles and use that money for green projects.
We could also add 5% a tax to all EU imports, since our maternity/paternity leave is so much better than what the rest of the EU offer and it would help level the playing field.
19/01/2021 08:04:34 0 0
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That is xenophobic. The majority of Chinese made products, although cheap, are of excellent quality and do exactly what they say on the tin, plus they continue to improve year on year. Up to 75% of the goods you use in your household are made in China from your clothes pegs to your mobile phone. All imported goods are now rising in price. You can check that out in EBay traders' shops right now.
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18/01/2021 11:11:02 141 18
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I remember when these became popular a few years ago.

Now they just sit in people’s gardens, rotting away after the children grew up and/or got bored of them.

Do people still buy these things ?
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18/01/2021 11:13:34 12 3
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There was a large rise of children attending fracture clinics too after these became popular
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18/01/2021 11:13:41 503 10
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The trampoline trade is up and down, it’ll bounce back
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18/01/2021 11:41:13 112 5
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Your comment put a spring in my step
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18/01/2021 11:55:35 10 4
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Rope swings are more fun ?? and it's free. Anything made in China I'd avoid the best of times.
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18/01/2021 12:08:00 8 1
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V ture but this is about all large toys and the slides market always seems to be going down
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18/01/2021 12:14:34 9 2
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I wonder what will happen in the market for swings and roundabouts.
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18/01/2021 12:37:22 8 0
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I hope so. The roundabout market is just going around in circles and the swing sector keeps going from one extreme to the other. Luckily, what you lose on one you generally gain on the other.
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18/01/2021 13:14:55 5 0
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9 people (downvotes) have no sense of humour it seems
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18/01/2021 13:57:54 0 0
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Surely this depends on the degree of demand elasticity.
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18/01/2021 14:11:56 1 1
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Fantastic comment.
18/01/2021 14:29:20 1 1
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quieter summer nights for sure
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18/01/2021 11:13:44 98 26
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Buy British, simples innit. Support British manufacturing and jobs. And if price of an imported trampoline JUMPS so high then so be it, not the end of the world
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18/01/2021 11:42:21 59 16
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Can you point me in the direction of the british electronics, shoes, clothes, toys manufacturers please?
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18/01/2021 11:42:42 6 5
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Agreed. Don't buy from China. Buy from UK, then shipping costs are reduced... It doesn't matter if the bouncy thing costs 25% more. Or tell your kids to go without. Simples!
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18/01/2021 11:43:12 6 1
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Economics? Global supply chains? Why, simples innit... :-/
Trampolines are just the start mate.

Project fear has become project reality

If it wasnt for Covid, the news would be full of stories about Boris Johnsons terrible deal and how it is negatively effecting the UK and her people

But you understand this right.......?
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18/01/2021 11:59:45 13 1
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Since around 95% of the stuff arriving in the UK comes via container ships, it's clear we can't just 'buy British'. If you've ever driven over the Avonmouth Bridge on the M5 and glanced at the thousands of vehicles parked at Portishead then it does become clear how global trade works.
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18/01/2021 12:21:27 4 0
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80% of our GDP is service based, we just don't have the manufacturing capabilities to compete with the likes of China, and when a British company does do well they realise to make more money they have to move overseas, which is why Dyson moved to Singapore.
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18/01/2021 14:14:07 1 0
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British people won't buy British it's too expensive. Why do you think we have a global economy? It's like people have forgotten the last 50 years.
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18/01/2021 11:13:48 8 5
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ah the sunlit uplands
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18/01/2021 11:13:51 136 31
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Does this really justify HYS?
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MVS
18/01/2021 11:19:40 164 47
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Of course not. But anything that does is avoided by the BBC.
Not at all, but its the standard rhetoric of trying to find an anti-brexit story to get the morons out and commenting on. Removed
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18/01/2021 11:34:01 26 8
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Anything where Brexit can be put into a negative light even though this has far more to do with container shortages and trade with China.
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18/01/2021 11:37:46 18 3
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Be serious! It has a Brexit angle to it so of course there is going to be a HYS.
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18/01/2021 13:05:28 5 2
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This does not indeed justify one. Also being as most trampolines are flat-packed, this article could have been about any other large product but they've picked up on one comment by someone on their own network about trampolines... Lazy journalism!
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18/01/2021 13:07:42 6 2
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Fully agree, just another opportunity for the re-joiners to moan.
18/01/2021 19:13:16 1 1
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Brexit innit.
18/01/2021 20:26:00 1 0
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These increases in transport costs will affect all of us and I think the high number of people commenting on here justify it as a HYS.
18/01/2021 22:56:53 0 0
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The real issue's not trampolines, but shortage of shipping containers around the world, & failure of UK ports & government to properly prepare for Brexit.
And many countries due to lockdowns are no longer manufacturing so much which will be put in containers sent to the countries who export to us. UK particularly bad in this & we have loads just sitting in the UK, some with imported PPE in
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18/01/2021 11:13:56 421 66
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We should be boycotting China anyway. Covid lies and human rights abuses by the state are perfect reason to not buy Chinese goods. Let alone their abysmal treatment of animals
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18/01/2021 11:16:00 148 166
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like your phone that you're probably using right now or most of the white goods/electronics in your home?
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18/01/2021 11:17:35 39 6
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Being badly made is also a very good reason. How much landfill is full of products that didn't last a year.
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18/01/2021 11:25:47 47 9
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Agreed - you can avoid Chinese and also buy British if you look for it.

My cooker, dehumidifer, bicycle, amplifier and speakers are made in Britain. Yes it maybe more expensive, but I bought my amplifer (Arcam) 2nd hand in 1992 and it still works perfectly after over 30 years of use.

EBAC make washing machines in the UK that come with a 3 year parts and labour guarantee as standard.
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18/01/2021 11:27:34 26 9
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I'm amazed Chinese tech, particularly mobiles, are still being advertised and sold in the UK. Head in the sand
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18/01/2021 11:29:04 17 17
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I wish I could boycott China, but I wouldn't be able to buy anything if I did.
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18/01/2021 11:30:42 25 5
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While I agree with you, how can we boycott Chinese goods? They're on sale everywhere! A lot of it's fake, copyright infringing rubbish! The Chinese steal Intellectual Property and pass it off as their own. Even high-end stuff, as witnessed at a conference a colleague attended where a Chinese student presented a photo of a device's circuit board design, a deligate stood up and claimed foul play!
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18/01/2021 11:32:10 21 4
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"We should be boycotting China anyway"

Irrelevant to me, as I rarely buy porcelain goods.
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18/01/2021 11:37:58 20 12
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Not exactly covering themselves in glory with the ethnic cleansing/genocide are they?

Not reported on these pages of course but I'm sure it's nothing to do with certain 'journalists' tacitly supporting a far left government.
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18/01/2021 11:38:27 9 7
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China makes 70% of all consumer goods. Good luck with that.
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18/01/2021 11:42:19 5 2
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Almost all electrical goods have components "Made in China" normally cheaper but we should all expect to pay more if the ports are congested, transport cost will soar if vehicles are standing still with goods onboard, ship or trucks
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18/01/2021 11:54:00 1 9
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It should be up to our government to decide who we boycott - this is far more effective than an individuals boycotting a country.
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DC
18/01/2021 11:55:27 7 9
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you cant boycott china, they make everything. No one has the capacity to make, and manufacture everything to the different specs that each retailer wants like the Chinese. You might be able to get something from somewhere else, but you never have the flexibility that China offers. if you have no idea about what you are talking about the best advice is to find out some facts.
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18/01/2021 11:57:16 2 3
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The list is endless, democracy and communism is not compatible.
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18/01/2021 11:59:25 5 2
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Best throw all our PPE away then, along with TVs, iPhones, Xboxes and many many other things.
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18/01/2021 12:04:57 2 3
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Do not fund the CCP.
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18/01/2021 12:06:50 0 0
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Set meal for 2 as well??
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18/01/2021 12:16:28 2 2
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He said on his device full of China.
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18/01/2021 12:17:51 2 1
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They said using a non Huawei /Xiaomi phone that's still chocabloc full of Chinese made parts.

Yikes.
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18/01/2021 12:29:11 1 1
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Neil china make so many products at such a cheap price it would be impossible to boycott them all. Looking around me nearly everything has made in china stamped on it.
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18/01/2021 11:11:53 12 12
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There are many other more important imports affected by the stupidity of Brexit, but the BBC chooses to trivialise the matter.
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18/01/2021 11:14:19 15 4
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Since when has China had anything to do with the EU and Brexit?
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18/01/2021 11:26:53 0 5
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The EU has a third-country agreement on trade with China. What suddenly changed to make these things more expensive for the UK? China has had container issues for the past year, so they're a moot point. Steel prices haven't changed especially. Petroleum prices have gone down. Not exactly rocket science that brexit is involved. No UK deals with anywhere significant. Forget trampolines, how's food?
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18/01/2021 11:11:57 250 37
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Good news, his firm can make more products in the UK.
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18/01/2021 11:14:42 223 32
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agree completely. find a UK company to supply the equipment. Buy British
Get on with it then instead of replying to your twin bot account.

You'll need to import parts and raw materials. You'll also be earning the minimum wage but at least it's better than spending your benefits on booze, fags and smartphones eh?
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18/01/2021 11:47:13 21 16
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Buy British? Half the quality at twice the price? Thanks, but no.
Buy German? Now you're talking.
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18/01/2021 12:07:53 15 22
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Apparently, 20 people think that promoting British manufacturing and supply is worth a downvote. Perhaps now they can get back to reading The Guardian.
18/01/2021 19:51:52 0 0
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How many times must you be told. The Tories have systematically destroyed our manufacturing base.
18/01/2021 22:21:16 0 0
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To do that you'd need to find labour or companies with faith in the market.
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18/01/2021 11:14:43 5 1
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I was deflected from reading this article when my eyes rebounded off the puns

do journalist get a spring in their step or an office bet from using words? I'd be embarassed to. I'd recoil at the thought of it. I'd leap at the chance to use sensible words, and hop off to something else.
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18/01/2021 11:14:47 13 7
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"We can't get space out of China, there's a container shortage."

So, don't buy your tawdry products from China. Buy rubber that is made in the UK.
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18/01/2021 11:16:47 5 1
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Rubber made 8n the UK ?
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18/01/2021 11:13:15 308 39
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How about we stop importing cheaply made Chinese rubbish ?
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18/01/2021 11:15:35 85 167
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like your phone that you're probably using right now or most of the white goods/electronics in your home?
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18/01/2021 11:35:04 18 1
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How do you know he's not using Samsung phone and fridge from South Korea?
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18/01/2021 11:35:10 12 1
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Samsung who are the largest phone manufacturer make them in South Korea.
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18/01/2021 11:39:16 12 1
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we heard you the first time
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18/01/2021 12:18:43 1 3
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are you allowed to say white goods?
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18/01/2021 12:20:03 3 1
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My phone is made in South Korea, TV same, fridge Germany, washing machine India. So keep your pro China comments to yourself because it's easy not to buy from China.
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18/01/2021 12:20:04 2 1
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Most white goods sold here are made in the UK & EU, not China.
Get your "facts" right.
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18/01/2021 12:23:43 1 1
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Samsung, LG and some Sony phones are not made in China. Asus as well, and although Chin4ese owned, I think Motorola are still manufactured in the USA. There is a lot of interest now in avoiding Chinese goods, have a lot online, lots of information.
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18/01/2021 13:21:10 0 0
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My phone is made in Korea, my TV in Malaysia. Lots of electronics are made in countries other than China. TSMC, one of the biggest chip makers in the world, is in Taiwan for example.
18/01/2021 15:20:13 0 1
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Lack of choice doesn't mean the comment about quality isn't correct.
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18/01/2021 11:15:37 14 6
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Good. Maybe the number of children (and drunk adults) attending hospital with broken wrists and ankles will drop by 50%.
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18/01/2021 11:19:40 2 1
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Cheer up! One can sustain injury playing croquet!
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18/01/2021 11:20:34 0 1
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How about we all just bubble wrap ourselves and never leave our bedrooms to ensure accidents never happen?

That would be a life worth living......
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"More and more issues keep arising," Mr Owen added. "We can't get space out of China, there's a container shortage".

China? Make'em somewhere else - like in the UK perhaps. No shipping problems and more jobs for us.
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18/01/2021 11:35:59 50 16
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So set up a business then if it's so easy to do!
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18/01/2021 11:43:43 1 3
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There is a pandemic at the moment so a bit difficult at the moment. And once the pandemic is over shipping costs will come back down
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18/01/2021 12:24:29 2 0
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... and higher prices for the consumer.
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18/01/2021 12:34:34 3 0
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OK, start your UK trampoline business. First you need a cheap factory, cheap workers, a nearby source of all materials at a competitively low price. Sounds easy enough, right?
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18/01/2021 13:29:16 0 0
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It would also allow them to be more robust; in order to reduce shipping costs asian products are designed to be as light as possible.
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18/01/2021 14:13:22 3 2
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Lol do you not think we would already? British public won't pay the price of goods made in Britain, only want to pay low wages for goods. It will always be cheaper to manufacture in China and Conservative governments aren't pro UK manufacturing anyway... remember Thatcher? A Tory government is only interested in London's financial district.
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18/01/2021 14:27:46 0 1
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Or...we make containers and sell them to China! :-)
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18/01/2021 11:13:56 421 66
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We should be boycotting China anyway. Covid lies and human rights abuses by the state are perfect reason to not buy Chinese goods. Let alone their abysmal treatment of animals
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18/01/2021 11:16:00 148 166
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like your phone that you're probably using right now or most of the white goods/electronics in your home?
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18/01/2021 11:28:18 23 12
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Probably? I think you mean possibly. The second person today to asume someone is using an iphone.
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18/01/2021 11:34:27 27 3
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How do you know he's not using a Samsung, from South Korea?
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18/01/2021 11:36:43 46 1
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I don't think anyone is advocating just stopping over night. But a gradual reduction in our dependence on china, along with an increase in manufacturing of items closer to home is clearly a better long term strategy. And perhaps tackling planned obsolescence would also be a good start.
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18/01/2021 11:38:50 6 8
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Ha typical troll, trying to deflect away from a valid and important notion by implying that the OP is acting hypocritically.

Get back under your bridge if you don't have anything constructive to contribute.
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18/01/2021 11:45:01 4 1
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iphones: made in China.
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18/01/2021 11:54:13 5 3
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You are probably right but we are able to produce these items ourselves and in time we will. We should never have allowed china to be in the position that it is but now we know the Danger we can start rolling things back. Yes there will be an associated cost but unless we do something they will on get more controlling.
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18/01/2021 12:08:40 1 2
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The vast majority of our white goods are made in the UK & EU.
I manage to avoid virtually ALL Chinese made electronics, because they're rubbish.
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18/01/2021 12:14:41 2 0
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Motorola are made in the USA. Not as fashionable, but much more power for your pound.
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18/01/2021 12:17:25 1 0
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that may be the case, but he is still right.
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Rob
18/01/2021 12:19:10 0 0
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It depends. @Neil What if China had been first with a highly effective vaccine? Origin of a solution as well as apparently the problem. In that case the best diplomacy would facilitate maximum co-operation on vaccination, rather than sanctions.

Also, @Swankytmc not all phones are wholly made in China. Some Samsung models are assembled in Vietnam, though components may be sourced from elsewhere.
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18/01/2021 12:21:36 1 0
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Agree but not to try is more pathetic! Not saying buy British because we make fiddly squat but there are other places!
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18/01/2021 11:16:08 9 1
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I've got one sitting in the garden. Seems like the investment will be worth realising in the summer! At last, a brexit benefit??
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18/01/2021 11:16:20 5 2
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British trampoline maker says that sales will increase this year
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18/01/2021 11:16:37 87 6
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Kind of says where we are at when Trampoline prices becomes front page news...
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18/01/2021 11:24:03 79 99
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It's not just Trampoline prices though is it? Brexit will make everything more expensive!
18/01/2021 20:18:38 0 0
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I don't think it was front page news. Only front page news in the business section. The reference to trampoline prices was only a tag line to link to the general price increase in transport costs which will affect many other items.
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Maybe we should make more here rather than relying on Chinese slave labour to keep the prices down.

Provide jobs to workers here and lower each items carbon footprint
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18/01/2021 11:19:50 21 102
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How come Chinese slave labour who raised the price more than 50% as a latest movement though @ )) lol

next time use brain.....
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18/01/2021 11:22:55 4 11
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Go on then, set up a trampoline business.

Or are you just gonna complain and keep buying the same stuff regardless of where it comes from?
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18/01/2021 11:25:04 14 0
bbc
By some on here, I relate as a remoaner and for once this is the obvious way to go for all products - Make them in the UK if there is a market for them. The UK in the past clearly used to make pretty much anything and everything..

Clearly the issue will be to invest in such industries to do that and clearly identify an export route to other markets - That is where we need to invest in and quickly
219
18/01/2021 11:39:38 3 10
bbc
Yes instead lets use eastern European slave labour in british factories.
412
18/01/2021 12:03:58 2 7
bbc
That would be lovely, however, customers are not willing to pay 2 or 3 times the price.
765
18/01/2021 12:47:34 4 0
bbc
Chinese Labour rates are far better than they used to be. In many cases they earn more than Eastern European workers.

This is a shipping issue, that the BBC is confusing with a Brexit issue, but it is affecting the whole of the EU. It will pass after CNY
891
18/01/2021 13:27:30 0 0
bbc
Most of all to reduce carbon footprint and make a more robust supply chain.
957
18/01/2021 14:09:58 0 1
bbc
Well you voted for the wrong government to achieve that. Capitalism. British people are so used to cheap goods we can't even sell them Welsh lamb.
997
18/01/2021 14:27:20 0 1
bbc
This is a UK company manufacturing and encountering an increase in its export costs due to hauliers becoming more risk averse to crossing into the EU and tying up their transport for days on end. Transporters get paid by the mile, not the hour. If it takes longer to make a simple journey and margins were already tight, it's the difference between staying in business and going under.
18/01/2021 16:45:13 1 0
bbc
Lovely idea - in principle - but the great unwashed will refuse to pay more. It costs more to make stuff here for lots of reasons - one of them being salary expectations and cost of living in the UK v China. People cannot see the direct comparisons or even want to understand the reasons. Its much simpler to live with your head in a cloud.
18/01/2021 19:47:35 0 0
bbc
I'm sure you will be at the front of the queue to pay twice the price for your items.
18/01/2021 20:50:42 0 0
bbc
...then prices go up to new levels as you get ripped of by your own folk and I bet you quality will not be much better than the 'bad quality goods' from China then you will be crying. Besides good and bad quality good are made in China! For example trades people here 9/10 times will rip you off , An EU trader 7/10 times will do a good job. No thanks, do not trust most UK businesses.
18/01/2021 21:05:11 0 0
bbc
We don't have a lot of natural resources in the UK, so even stuff made here still needs imported raw materials shipped from abroad, and UK wages rates are so much higher than Chinese ones. Whatever you do, the goods will still cost much more than they used to.
23
18/01/2021 11:14:47 13 7
bbc
"We can't get space out of China, there's a container shortage."

So, don't buy your tawdry products from China. Buy rubber that is made in the UK.
32
18/01/2021 11:16:47 5 1
bbc
Rubber made 8n the UK ?
33
18/01/2021 11:16:48 3 1
bbc
It's a jumpy market
34
18/01/2021 11:16:55 114 11
bbc
Can we not start making our own perhaps? Just a thought.
159
18/01/2021 11:33:20 37 17
bbc
Imported parts and materials
Migrant labour on minimum wage.
Low tax on profits.
That's British 'manufacturing' (actually just assembly) if you want it.
224
18/01/2021 11:39:59 5 1
bbc
It's probably pointless. We'll promote British, the company grows and then leaves the UK or sells out to a foreign company. It's one of the reasons why we manufacture so few of our own products.
264
18/01/2021 11:43:33 4 2
bbc
You would need to pay people £2 a hour to make it competitively......We don't have the manufacturing facilities or experise......we would have to import the raw materials....we would have to divert our capacity (employees) away from other areas where we are more specialist/ valuable.....so that is not the simple answer you think it is.
503
18/01/2021 12:14:34 1 4
bbc
Waffle Waffle drone drone, I'm on the EU bandwagon and pretend to hate my country to get upvotes.
570
18/01/2021 12:19:56 3 4
bbc
Ah but remember it has been successive Tory governments who have gone out of their way to destroy manufacturing in this country. They prefer banking so they can give their mates huge bonuses and peerages.
630
18/01/2021 12:19:44 3 1
bbc
You'd be competing with cheaper imported products, your only 'advantage' in the market would be the "Made in Britain" sticker.
740
18/01/2021 12:42:20 1 2
bbc
As other sensible people have said, we have a minimum wage in this country, we could never make it competitively, and the majority of the country want it as cheap as they can get it, so they can have more 'stuff'. Unless people start willingly paying more for things that might last longer, you're on a hiding to nothing making it here. I physically try buy British where I can. But it's not easy.
991
18/01/2021 14:24:07 0 0
bbc
This is about a UK company - read the story.
35
18/01/2021 11:16:56 14 1
bbc
I'm sure the price will come back down, then go up again, and back down...
6
18/01/2021 11:11:53 12 12
bbc
There are many other more important imports affected by the stupidity of Brexit, but the BBC chooses to trivialise the matter.
36
18/01/2021 11:17:16 2 2
bbc
What else are you going to blame on Brexit?
37
18/01/2021 11:17:17 59 10
bbc
Can't trampolines be made in the UK???
80
18/01/2021 11:24:27 39 48
bbc
No, they're much to complex for the simple British mind to understand.
267
18/01/2021 11:43:48 2 0
bbc
Yes but the materials to make them will come from China so still the same issues
322
18/01/2021 11:50:14 3 3
bbc
We don't make anything in the UK anymore - unless it's something whacky that went viral on the book of face and was initially crowdfunded sold 350 units then went bust....

Where have you been the last 30 years?
338
18/01/2021 11:52:58 0 2
bbc
A bit of practical diy can do it. Initiative
975
18/01/2021 14:16:16 1 1
bbc
Well Tory gov closed down all the major industries over the last 50 years and the British public won't pay the price of goods made in Britain, so no.
989
18/01/2021 14:23:33 0 0
bbc
I take it English comprehension was one of those challenging lessons for you: this is about a UK manufacturer of trampolines.
18/01/2021 17:20:57 1 0
bbc
When I was younger and travelling the World, I remember seeing "Made in Britain" only once.

It was on the handle of the flush of a portaloo at a festival. Not even the portaloo. Just the flush handle.

I was just looking in the wrong places and not frequenting high tech industrial locations, though.

Britain also known for being drunk and dropping rubbish, but can't export that.
19
18/01/2021 11:13:56 421 66
bbc
We should be boycotting China anyway. Covid lies and human rights abuses by the state are perfect reason to not buy Chinese goods. Let alone their abysmal treatment of animals
38
18/01/2021 11:17:35 39 6
bbc
Being badly made is also a very good reason. How much landfill is full of products that didn't last a year.
290
18/01/2021 11:46:05 7 1
bbc
You do realise that many of the German/EU goods you buy are actually made in or use many parts that are made in China ?
39
18/01/2021 11:17:52 39 25
bbc
What a waste of reporting time and money, pitiful scraping of the barrel
18/01/2021 20:50:33 2 1
bbc
I thought it was good. I now know one of the reasons that prices are increasing. I wish, however, that they would have explained the reasons in more detail.
40
18/01/2021 11:17:54 3 1
bbc
The economy needs a bounce.
41
18/01/2021 11:18:00 7 4
bbc
'are likely to cause', 'may mean'. This is such a non story with no factual evidence to support the claim. More ridiculous BBC opinion.
42
18/01/2021 11:18:15 10 1
bbc
Shipping container prices have gone from £2000 to £10000 from Asia and show no sign of reducing. There's going to be a lot of inflation coming down the tracks. My company (and our entire industry) is now implementing 20%+ price increases from February/March.
85
18/01/2021 11:24:59 2 0
bbc
Can you not source from somewhere else?
182
18/01/2021 11:35:44 0 0
bbc
Let's have some specifics, which sector are you talking about Imberman?
43
18/01/2021 11:18:28 3 3
bbc
Trampoline prices always increase in “spring”.
>Demand for Chinese goods has soared around the world in recent months

Almost like they stand to benefit from the Chinese flu.
Removed
130
18/01/2021 11:29:43 0 0
bbc
Hardly suprising. Whilst we all make noises about bringing business back to the UK, we're all busy on eBay etc buying low-priced Chinese made stuff with rock bottom P&P despite the distances. An odd double-think (me too!) and an indication of why our politicians are in a no-win bind on this one, unless they hike import duties and start a trade war we could never win.
45
18/01/2021 11:12:38 13 7
bbc
The subject is about demand for shipping & shipping capacity however, as usual, the BBC brings Brexit into the article.
75
18/01/2021 11:23:21 2 1
bbc
Should we transport them on your Persian rugs???
76
Pip
18/01/2021 11:23:29 0 1
bbc
It doesn't need the BBC to do that, obviously not everything was on the side of your bus..........?
696
18/01/2021 12:32:31 0 0
bbc
China is part of EU thats why
984
18/01/2021 14:20:28 0 0
bbc
You don't think the two items are related? What do you think the EU-UK Trade & Cooperation Agreement was about then? Answer: normalisation of trade, post-Brexit. Perhaps if time was allowed to introduce a transition for both the UK and the EU, some of these issues wouldn't be reported, only the UK didn't want to accept that in case the government was not seen to "Get Brexit Done" fast enough.
46
18/01/2021 11:13:09 1 4
bbc
Oh, how terrible. I was just thinking of buying one...
47
MVS
18/01/2021 11:18:37 8 5
bbc
A lot of very good reasons why James Owen should look to source products in the UK. Back British! But British!
978
18/01/2021 14:17:16 0 0
bbc
Yes, I can see rubber plantations springing up all over the post-industrial north-east in order to ensure that these trampolines are British through and through.
48
18/01/2021 11:19:39 8 2
bbc
If shipping costs are so high, maybe we could just manufacture the goods here in the UK?

Simple economics.
63
18/01/2021 11:21:30 6 2
bbc
And simple economics - where does the rubber come from?....Asia - so shipping costs still play a massive part in transporting raw materials around the world.
70
18/01/2021 11:22:40 0 1
bbc
Nah, we don't really want them, full stop, end of.
134
18/01/2021 11:30:03 1 0
bbc
Because China are willing to manufacture products for 10% of the cost that a UK manufacturer charges
25
18/01/2021 11:15:37 14 6
bbc
Good. Maybe the number of children (and drunk adults) attending hospital with broken wrists and ankles will drop by 50%.
49
18/01/2021 11:19:40 2 1
bbc
Cheer up! One can sustain injury playing croquet!
18/01/2021 16:34:54 0 0
bbc
You can poke your eye out knitting!
18
18/01/2021 11:13:51 136 31
bbc
Does this really justify HYS?
50
MVS
18/01/2021 11:19:40 164 47
bbc
Of course not. But anything that does is avoided by the BBC.
602
18/01/2021 12:23:43 2 0
bbc
Usually when you really want to...... eg.Sunday
642
18/01/2021 12:28:54 14 5
bbc
I just want to say thank you to the BBC for removing my previous post.... as if we ever needed more proof of your anti-brexit slant on EVERTYTHING in life. Call yourself fair and balanced...ha ha ha , you're joking.
698
18/01/2021 12:33:25 12 4
bbc
The BBC saw it as an opportunity for Remainers to bash Leavers.
31
18/01/2021 11:16:39 256 25
bbc
Maybe we should make more here rather than relying on Chinese slave labour to keep the prices down.

Provide jobs to workers here and lower each items carbon footprint
51
18/01/2021 11:19:50 21 102
bbc
How come Chinese slave labour who raised the price more than 50% as a latest movement though @ )) lol

next time use brain.....
208
18/01/2021 11:38:47 16 1
bbc
Good idea, engage your brain prior to posting....whatever that is.
335
18/01/2021 11:52:17 19 2
bbc
If you read the article you would see it is shipping costs that have raised the prices

next time use your brain.....
474
CJR
18/01/2021 12:11:59 8 1
bbc
Wish you would ????
483
18/01/2021 12:12:58 8 1
bbc
Sorry your comment doesn't make any sense, can you use brain and put it more clearly
644
18/01/2021 12:27:59 3 1
bbc
Pardon?
690
18/01/2021 12:32:12 6 2
bbc
How about you put words in some sort of order that the average man on the street might be able to read. It often helps.
699
18/01/2021 12:33:28 5 1
bbc
Next time use English.
18
18/01/2021 11:13:51 136 31
bbc
Does this really justify HYS?
Not at all, but its the standard rhetoric of trying to find an anti-brexit story to get the morons out and commenting on. Removed
178
18/01/2021 11:35:37 6 0
bbc
Did you just call yourself a moron??

You are definitely a very naughty person, giving the moderators a conundrum and on a Monday morning!

:-)
53
18/01/2021 11:20:21 6 4
bbc
Keep it in your pants for five minutes and you will never need to buy one of these monstrosities. If there is one thing worse than my neighbours kids, it them bouncing up and down and screaming all day long.
105
18/01/2021 11:26:53 0 0
bbc
Bet you were young once, but did your parents not let you out to play?
302
18/01/2021 11:47:33 1 0
bbc
Not sure the window for reproduction is 5 mins throughout your whole life. Maybe you are a mayfly?
54
18/01/2021 11:15:24 12 3
bbc
Thank god for that! Maybe give some people peace to enjoy their garden and stop the hundreds of accidents to children each year! ??
25
18/01/2021 11:15:37 14 6
bbc
Good. Maybe the number of children (and drunk adults) attending hospital with broken wrists and ankles will drop by 50%.
55
18/01/2021 11:20:34 0 1
bbc
How about we all just bubble wrap ourselves and never leave our bedrooms to ensure accidents never happen?

That would be a life worth living......
56
18/01/2021 11:20:38 9 3
bbc
What? This is a MAJOR issue!
We were all warned trampolines would be a problem but not this big. Industry employs 15 people so could be a major economic issue too. We really should have stayed in the EU. I've forgotten, was it free internet or trampolines? Can't remember.
57
Sam
18/01/2021 11:20:43 8 5
bbc
What are all these hauliers doing?

They won't go to Europe because of Brexit.

They won't move containers from Felixtowe.

They won't go to Ireland because of paperwork.

......oh, and they want free money from Govt because of Covid.
691
18/01/2021 12:32:14 0 0
bbc
and its all made in china
58
18/01/2021 11:20:44 2 0
bbc
.....prices should eventually bounce-back...
59
18/01/2021 11:20:51 6 3
bbc
A story on China, world trade and global container shortage.... and still we have numpties trying to say it is the fault of Brexit. ??
617
CJR
18/01/2021 12:25:51 0 0
bbc
Alas to them everything negative for the next 10 years will be the fault of brexit, surprising they have not found how to spin Covid on to brexit.
60
18/01/2021 11:20:54 65 8
bbc
Sounds like a business opportunity for stuff like this to be made in the UK. Crazy that in these times when we're all supposed to be concerned on green issues we get this and many other things from china. Time to change.
256
18/01/2021 11:42:59 21 28
bbc
But how much more would they cost, given the highly paid workforce here? Who would still buy them? Where would the raw materials come from?

As for green issues, it'll make things worse for the UK with OUR factories spewing out CO2 instead of the ones in China.
Go and make them so oh wise one......
304
18/01/2021 11:47:43 8 2
bbc
I agree but we'll still have to import the raw materials to make pretty much anything we "manufacture". And therein lies our problem - especially for small scale manufacturers.

Plus the current so called government want to turn the UK into Singapore - this means being a trading post for items not made in the UK.

All a bit of a mess I'm afraid.
972
18/01/2021 14:15:24 2 0
bbc
Yeah we used to do that.... but then British people realised goods would be cheaper if made in other countries and now they won't pay British prices (would be about 3 x the cost of anything we import). It's like people don't understand why there's a global economy we were so keen to stay a part of or anything....
18/01/2021 20:19:53 0 0
bbc
Put your money where your mouth is and start a business then. Then probably you won't have time to post drivel on HYS.
61
18/01/2021 11:21:06 30 2
bbc
Sorry but trampoline manufacture has always been an up and down business
663
18/01/2021 12:31:53 3 1
bbc
You win the internet today!
62
18/01/2021 11:21:25 7 3
bbc
I know trampolines can be great fun for children, but am I the only person that wouldn't buy a house within a country mile of one?
I'm not a killjoy, I just think they lower the tone.
Take kids for a walk to the local park to let off steam or better still out into the countryside for an educational walk
We should start producing more of what we want/need in the UK
NOW is the time to start over
48
18/01/2021 11:19:39 8 2
bbc
If shipping costs are so high, maybe we could just manufacture the goods here in the UK?

Simple economics.
63
18/01/2021 11:21:30 6 2
bbc
And simple economics - where does the rubber come from?....Asia - so shipping costs still play a massive part in transporting raw materials around the world.
64
18/01/2021 11:21:43 8 2
bbc
On the grapevine today that’s about to break...... Rubber ducks will be in short supply and by 2030 they will fetch 10000 quid on eBay
65
18/01/2021 11:22:10 4 6
bbc
Think there might be a strong correlation between brexiters and those that have kids trampolines in the back "garden" and sofas on the front "garden".
66
18/01/2021 11:22:23 1 1
bbc
What is the point of this article? Is it only trampolines?

For once I agree with 99% of comments...
109
18/01/2021 11:27:18 0 0
bbc
No, did you not read the whole article about the port problems, lack of containers and getting a hauler to move it?
970
18/01/2021 14:14:28 0 0
bbc
It's indicative of all businesses now exporting to the UK, when previously it was an internal sale within the single market.
Don't worry, some overpaid footballer can begin a movement for kids to get them free on the grounds that their mental health will suffer if they don't have one. Removed
123
18/01/2021 11:29:00 10 6
bbc
if ratchford paid his due taxes well yes.
68
18/01/2021 11:22:34 34 2
bbc
You would think as an island nation, we should have port management mastered by now?
128
18/01/2021 11:29:28 25 3
bbc
nothing to do with us specifically - Global shortage of container capacity and has been for a while
140
18/01/2021 11:31:10 3 6
bbc
But we've 'taken back control'- the mop-headed one said so.
196
18/01/2021 11:37:17 5 0
bbc
Port management isn’t really the problem. It’s global capacity, plus a shortage of drivers due to Covid/isolation rules.

Survival of the fittest now!
965
18/01/2021 14:12:41 1 0
bbc
Port management is an irrelevance. If you suddenly change the rules overnight, making it longer for each vehicle to be processed you will have problems. Unless you've visited Dover or the Channel Tunnel you cannot appreciate the sheer volume of traffic which passes through daily. Everything now has to be checked in. The problem is customs operations, which is all about checking and verification.
69
18/01/2021 11:22:37 2 3
bbc
talk about 1st world problems!!
48
18/01/2021 11:19:39 8 2
bbc
If shipping costs are so high, maybe we could just manufacture the goods here in the UK?

Simple economics.
70
18/01/2021 11:22:40 0 1
bbc
Nah, we don't really want them, full stop, end of.
71
18/01/2021 11:22:44 9 4
bbc
Could we try making things in this country once again??? If we haven’t forgotten how to of course...
98
18/01/2021 11:26:21 2 5
bbc
It would still cost more and where will the raw materials come from?

Oh what was that sound? Penny dropping?
953
18/01/2021 14:07:22 0 0
bbc
No, we haven't forgotten. But to make goods requires investment and investors will always seek the best return. This country is comparatively expensive to set up in, expensive to run a business and the costs of our products are uncompetitive, unless we can manufacture at significant scale and productivity. Look at the US auto industry for a classic example of this. We are a post-industrial society
31
18/01/2021 11:16:39 256 25
bbc
Maybe we should make more here rather than relying on Chinese slave labour to keep the prices down.

Provide jobs to workers here and lower each items carbon footprint
72
18/01/2021 11:22:55 4 11
bbc
Go on then, set up a trampoline business.

Or are you just gonna complain and keep buying the same stuff regardless of where it comes from?
18/01/2021 17:40:58 1 0
bbc
He wants to be seen to be outraged at this new 'bad' thing he just discovered, but doesn't want any responsibility of having to do anything about it.

Bit like Trump in a way...
73
18/01/2021 11:21:31 2 0
bbc
Surely 'jump' would have been a better choice of verb?
74
18/01/2021 11:21:42 22 9
bbc
Mr Squeak
"Stop importing cheaply made Chinese rubbish"

What? Like your iPhone, laptop, household appliances?
What will you do when you need to replace your worn out item?
Cos nobody in the UK make it, and wouldn't know how to. But IF they did, it would cost at least ten times more.

Think before you make these assumptions.
97
18/01/2021 11:26:20 6 11
bbc
No, stop asuming they use an iPhone! Which incidentally, runs from a chip designed and made in the uk for your information.
107
18/01/2021 11:27:00 1 0
bbc
tell that to mr dyson
166
18/01/2021 11:34:32 1 0
bbc
i-phone doesn't come from China
Think before you make these statements
923
18/01/2021 13:43:18 1 0
bbc
"Cos nobody in the UK make it, and wouldn't know how to. But IF they did, it would cost at least ten times more."

The UK designed and built Raspberry Pi is based on mobile phone chipsets from US company Broadcom.

The ARM processor, at the heart of virtually all smartphones, is developed Cambridge.

A UK smartphone would cost a lot more, but could be designed and built in the UK.
45
18/01/2021 11:12:38 13 7
bbc
The subject is about demand for shipping & shipping capacity however, as usual, the BBC brings Brexit into the article.
75
18/01/2021 11:23:21 2 1
bbc
Should we transport them on your Persian rugs???
45
18/01/2021 11:12:38 13 7
bbc
The subject is about demand for shipping & shipping capacity however, as usual, the BBC brings Brexit into the article.
76
Pip
18/01/2021 11:23:29 0 1
bbc
It doesn't need the BBC to do that, obviously not everything was on the side of your bus..........?
77
18/01/2021 11:23:52 47 12
bbc
If you think this is just about trampolines, you're missing the bigger picture. Unless we suddenly UK-manufacture utterly everything we imported because the ports are congested? (including sourcing all the raw materials)
616
18/01/2021 12:25:45 19 12
bbc
We lack a lot of brain power and skills to manufacture many things here these days. Brexiteers don't have the eyes to see the consequences of their decisions and the far reaching effects. We lack the skill the engineering the raw materials costs the manufacturing plants and labour to do what we once did in the world. We have a workforce of service sector 'professionals' which leaves us vulnerable
948
18/01/2021 14:03:06 0 0
bbc
You're right. Most people cannot comprehend the bigger picture. To them it is all "corner shop" economics: if I disregard all of the rules and conventions of international trade, I can set myself up to produce/sell X. Unfortunately, the world is not so simple, as many are about to find out.
30
18/01/2021 11:16:37 87 6
bbc
Kind of says where we are at when Trampoline prices becomes front page news...
78
18/01/2021 11:24:03 79 99
bbc
It's not just Trampoline prices though is it? Brexit will make everything more expensive!
139
18/01/2021 11:31:04 17 9
bbc
No it won’t - only imported goods - buy British
197
18/01/2021 11:37:27 30 6
bbc
Read the article. Nothing to do with brexit
315
18/01/2021 11:48:46 24 5
bbc
Stop using brexit as an excuse. If you bothered to read the article you would have seen that the trampolines come from China and as far as i know China is not in the EU.
366
18/01/2021 11:56:38 10 6
bbc
Your user name sounds like a virus. Try not to pass it on remoaner!
489
18/01/2021 12:13:33 10 3
bbc
Shipping line prices from China have nothing to do with Brexit. You can't just throw 'because of brexit' at every article about international trade.
815
18/01/2021 12:58:06 5 1
bbc
this article is not a brexit issue
839
18/01/2021 13:05:30 1 0
bbc
The goods are coming from China and not EU. Only thing that may change is that all countries have to pay VAT and duties (if applicable) before shipping meaning goods shouldn’t get held up in customs. Also, government should collect more VAT etc. as less chance of stuff slipping through because of only random checks.
869
18/01/2021 13:17:43 1 0
bbc
Private Frazer, is that you?
896
18/01/2021 13:29:51 1 0
bbc
Yes, especially all these goods from China.
18/01/2021 14:45:52 0 0
bbc
but better quality when made in britain lasts longer and will be cheaper in the long run
79
18/01/2021 11:24:16 1 1
bbc
Trampoline costs. Shame. If that's all we have to worry about right now, then we are in a very, very good place indeed.
37
18/01/2021 11:17:17 59 10
bbc
Can't trampolines be made in the UK???
80
18/01/2021 11:24:27 39 48
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No, they're much to complex for the simple British mind to understand.
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Gi0
18/01/2021 11:31:31 2 0
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Made using steel frames from our British steelworks - except - oh no - they've mostly closed down because of cheaper imports.
19/01/2021 08:09:52 0 0
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I've been laughing for the best part of an entire day at your genius handle!
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18/01/2021 11:24:33 12 5
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Only negative propaganda on this channel
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18/01/2021 11:26:36 4 4
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By "negative propaganda", I assume that you mean reporting the facts in an objective and unbiased way, that serves to inform the public.
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18/01/2021 11:24:38 3 0
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This is a simple case of demand for goods outstripping the ability of producers to ship their products due to a shortage/availability of containers. There is also an element of profiteering. Unfortunately, the whole world is now hooked on buying cheap products form China. Time for UK manufacturers (well, those that are left!) to fill the gap with home-grown products.
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18/01/2021 13:59:27 0 0
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In your dreams, my friend. You will never be able to compete in terms of scale or cost of manufacture, unless the state is willing to massively invest in re-industrialisation. Unfortunately that will never happen with a government of this political hue or philosophy. If this was a driver for Brexit, then once again you were misled.
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18/01/2021 11:24:38 2 0
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This is a real issue...
well it would be if it wasn't winter and everyone and their nan didn't already have one.
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18/01/2021 11:24:57 2 1
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Look, it goes up, it goes down. You can throw the odd star jump in for good measure.

I am truly heartbroken that I won't be able to buy soemthing made inn china that COULD easily be made in teh UK. Maybe this is when we will satrt to realise that we should start making things again.
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18/01/2021 11:18:15 10 1
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Shipping container prices have gone from £2000 to £10000 from Asia and show no sign of reducing. There's going to be a lot of inflation coming down the tracks. My company (and our entire industry) is now implementing 20%+ price increases from February/March.
85
18/01/2021 11:24:59 2 0
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Can you not source from somewhere else?
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18/01/2021 11:25:01 2 3
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time to make things in the UK again. That was always the plan to improve living standards in our country.
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18/01/2021 11:25:58 0 0
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But they can't get the goods out of the country either!
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18/01/2021 13:55:56 0 0
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And if you believe that we will be able to make these things for the same price, then you are really out-of-touch with reality. The UK is a post-industrial society. You'll never see these industries coming back as it costs too much to manufacture even basic materials, when compared to countries like China, India, Bangladesh and Vietnam. Investors will go where the highest returns can be achieved.
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18/01/2021 11:16:39 256 25
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Maybe we should make more here rather than relying on Chinese slave labour to keep the prices down.

Provide jobs to workers here and lower each items carbon footprint
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18/01/2021 11:25:04 14 0
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By some on here, I relate as a remoaner and for once this is the obvious way to go for all products - Make them in the UK if there is a market for them. The UK in the past clearly used to make pretty much anything and everything..

Clearly the issue will be to invest in such industries to do that and clearly identify an export route to other markets - That is where we need to invest in and quickly
550
18/01/2021 12:18:18 1 1
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Haven't we just made it more difficult to export to 40% of our market?
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18/01/2021 11:25:13 0 0
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Of course the price goes up- it's nearly Spring...
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18/01/2021 11:25:13 3 0
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The BBC is not covering the chaos in Kent lorry parks? Drivers having to queue outside for up to four hours for their paperwork to be checked. Drivers being fined after being stuck in Kent so long that their Kent entry permit runs out!
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18/01/2021 11:25:17 1 0
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Oh no!!!!
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18/01/2021 11:25:19 2 1
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"His firm makes some products in the UK already and rising shipping costs will mean it will become economical to make more."

So there is a plus side to all of this.
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18/01/2021 11:25:37 2 0
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The Brexit bounce?
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18/01/2021 11:25:38 4 2
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Ha Ha,just as well I stockpiled when the coronavirus first appeared I've got 8 in the garage.
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18/01/2021 11:13:56 421 66
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We should be boycotting China anyway. Covid lies and human rights abuses by the state are perfect reason to not buy Chinese goods. Let alone their abysmal treatment of animals
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18/01/2021 11:25:47 47 9
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Agreed - you can avoid Chinese and also buy British if you look for it.

My cooker, dehumidifer, bicycle, amplifier and speakers are made in Britain. Yes it maybe more expensive, but I bought my amplifer (Arcam) 2nd hand in 1992 and it still works perfectly after over 30 years of use.

EBAC make washing machines in the UK that come with a 3 year parts and labour guarantee as standard.
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18/01/2021 11:41:31 4 0
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It is great to buy British products - this should certainly be encouraged. However it is pure fantasy to suggest that most households can afford to do so. Low consumer prices have also suppressed wage growth.
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18/01/2021 12:05:33 2 0
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"Which" lists two EBAC washing machines in its review list, both with very low scores and marked as "Don't Buy".
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18/01/2021 12:06:43 3 1
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Assembled in the UK maybe. I am a UK small manufacturer and it is nigh on impossible to manufacture without using goods from China.
535
18/01/2021 12:16:21 3 0
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I hope my Arcam cd unit lasts that long. The NAD amp it is connected to is 38 years old and still going strong. It was my 16th birthday present!
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18/01/2021 12:26:14 0 0
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Not to mention White Knight appliances - also made in Britain
95
18/01/2021 11:25:48 3 2
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Neighbours kids + trampoline = too much noise !
86
18/01/2021 11:25:01 2 3
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time to make things in the UK again. That was always the plan to improve living standards in our country.
96
18/01/2021 11:25:58 0 0
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But they can't get the goods out of the country either!
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18/01/2021 11:21:42 22 9
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Mr Squeak
"Stop importing cheaply made Chinese rubbish"

What? Like your iPhone, laptop, household appliances?
What will you do when you need to replace your worn out item?
Cos nobody in the UK make it, and wouldn't know how to. But IF they did, it would cost at least ten times more.

Think before you make these assumptions.
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18/01/2021 11:26:20 6 11
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No, stop asuming they use an iPhone! Which incidentally, runs from a chip designed and made in the uk for your information.
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18/01/2021 11:42:23 3 0
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LOL, you know ARM was sold to the Japanese, who sold it to the Americans. They don't make anything either, they patent designs. Typical Brexiter with half an incorrect, out of date story that came from Facebook.
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18/01/2021 11:22:44 9 4
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Could we try making things in this country once again??? If we haven’t forgotten how to of course...
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18/01/2021 11:26:21 2 5
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It would still cost more and where will the raw materials come from?

Oh what was that sound? Penny dropping?
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18/01/2021 11:38:57 0 0
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A trampoline spring?
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CJR
18/01/2021 12:16:25 0 0
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Nope just the sound of hysterical laughing.
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18/01/2021 11:26:27 2 0
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Not just this product shipping costs gone through the roof in recent months, expect huge price increases across the board for many imported goods, containers in wrong place. Also noting manufacturer increases from China circa 7% not great for inflation.
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18/01/2021 11:26:34 3 0
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It is interesting that the combination of Trades Unionism and Mrs Thatcher killed off UK manufacturing and we were told that the future was in "services". And now so many comments below want to go back to making things.
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18/01/2021 11:45:42 0 0
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Wrong.... it was companies like M&S who closed their UK clothing manufacturing and outsourced to Asia.