Liushi (Post Code: 325604) & surrounding (Post Code: 3256??) had BAD record in manufactures counterfeit LOW VOLTAGE APPLIANCE. Products in URL works and meets standard, but just ripped someone's design off. Personally, I won't buy ANYTHiNG from that area.
PS: Anybody interests in Chinese wiring practice?
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In 80's Liushi made counterfeit LOW VOLTAGE APPLIANCE and distribute it nationwide. Their backyard "factory" lowering the cost by such ways: 1: According to standard, contact parts of some appliance MUST use silver alloy, they use copper-nickel based alloys instead. 2. State false origin in their package such as Made in Beijing/Shanghai etc. to attract more customer 3.All LOW VOLTAGE APPLIANCE manufacturer need special license & product approvals by law. In Liushi only 1% had that license & approved product was less that 0.1%. People from Liushi made 30-50% more profit by these ways; they became wealthy men at that time.
They never know behind their wealth are bloody stories:
Heilongjiang- Coal mine explosion caused by an electrical spark
Xinjiang- A substandard ACB starts a fire while an electrician doing his work. He was seriously burnt sooner or later he became a cripple for life...
In 1990 China State Bureau of Technical Supervision (CSBTS) indicated that, they inspected 7,000 distributors, found out 1.7 million counterfeit or substandard LOW VOLTAGE APPLIANCE, total value was more than 30 million Yuan. These appliances mostly came from Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, especially from Liushi Town, Yueqing.
In May 1990 General Office of the State Council issued a notice to investigate Liushi's biggest industry--LOW VOLTAGE APPLIANCE. Seven bureaus jointly investigated that town. 1267 retail shops close down. 1544 backyard factories ceased to operate. 359 business licenses revoked. The public security dept. brought 17 cases to prosecution, which involves 18 people. The Procuratorate's office prosecuted 26 cases, which involves 34 people. The Industry & Commerce Dept. prosecuted 144 cases.
After that crack down, manufacturer at that area began to make product that meets safety standard. Nowadays Liushi are the biggest LOW VOLTAGE APPLIANCE export base in China.
[This message has been edited by Cn_HK (edited 06-17-2004).]