With the global outbreak of coronavirus having halted most commerce, sales of every kind of product - other than food and medicine - have plummeted. But a closer look reveals people worldwide are quietly ceasing the purchase of goods made in China.
At a local Walmart, one correspondent from the Hal Turner Radio Show made it a point to casually observe consumers as they browsed through certain products. During the course of those observations, the correspondent noticed people actively seeking out info about where products were manufactured. Time after time, people put products back on the shelf when they saw the label "Made in China." The correspondent then too to asking those folks why?
Consumer after consumer offered the same reply: "It's made in China, probably infected with their virus."
From middle-aged men and women to young teens, and even (occasionally) senior citizens, it appears that consumers are now actively avoiding products made in China.
While none of these consumers agreed to be quoted by name in a news story, most offered very blunt assessments.
One middle-aged woman from New Jersey said "China shipped a lot of new medical filter masks to the US and other countries for medical people to use when treating infected patients. It turned out those filter masks were found to be contaminated with the virus! They all had to be thrown away."
A twenty-something nearby chimed in and said "If China can't keep its manufacturing clean for medical masks, they certainly can't be trusted to cleanly make anything else."
A senior citizen, shopping for toys for his grandchildren told us "If it's made in China, I won't buy it. Not for me or my family. I don't want to give them anything that could get them sick with this virus."
Over and over, consumers gave similar explanations as to why they won't purchase ANY product from China.
It appears this outbreak of virus from Wuhan not only caused historic disruption of many countries, it seems the stage is set for very long term distrust of products from China.
The impact of this consumer perception is likely to have devastating effects on China's economy and on merchants worldwide who foolishly choose to stock products made in China; perhaps for many years to come.
One man told us his perception is simple: "Made in China = Infected with Virus; stay away."
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