The problem of “Chaobuduo 差不多” (and how it effects making reproduction furniture)

custom_sample_problem-710x335 The problem of “Chaobuduo 差不多" (and how it effects making reproduction furniture)

Chinese workers love to use the phrase ¨cha bu duo¨ 差不多 (pronounced “Cha Boo Daul) which directly translates to ¨not very far off  (meaning approximately or roughly)¨ Unfortunately, in almost all case it usually works out to be not even close,  in other words,  “cha tai duo”  (meaning way too far off).   Workers see no need for […]

Sourcing Furniture in China: Differences in quality between Ningbo/Shanghai/Beijing factories

shanghai_furniture_fair-dscf0004 Sourcing Furniture in China: Differences in quality between Ningbo/Shanghai/Beijing factories

Having just returned from the Shanghai furniture show, here are my impressions of the Ningbo/Shanghai factories:  Woods  – (minus) The southern woods are definitely a poor substitute for the better ones from the North. One easy way to clearly feel the difference is to pick up one of those tall swoop-topped wooden stools that everyone sells. […]

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