Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game

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"This fast-paced travelogue through the world of Chinese manufacturing is scary, fascinating, and very funny. Midler is not only a knowledgeable guide to the invisible underbelly of the global economy, he is a sympathetic and astute observer of China, its challenges, and its people. A great read."
—Pietra Rivoli, author of The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy

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Overview

Praise for Poorly Made in China

"This fast-paced travelogue through the world of Chinese manufacturing is scary, fascinating, and very funny. Midler is not only a knowledgeable guide to the invisible underbelly of the global economy, he is a sympathetic and astute observer of China, its challenges, and its people. A great read."
—Pietra Rivoli, author of The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy

"Paul Midler takes us for a ride through the fastest-growing economy in the world, revealing what can—and sometimes does—go wrong when U.S. companies shift production to China. Working in the heart of China's export hub, in the country's southern region, he has the advantage of a front-row seat to the no-holds-barred games played between manufacturers and importers. He introduces us to a cast of real-life characters and tells his story with a mix of affection and skepticism for what is taking place in China today. Midler delivers a revealing and often funny tale of life and commerce in a country whose exports touch nearly everyone on the planet."
—Sara Bongiorni, author of A Year Without 'Made in China'

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Best Book 2009 (The Economist)

Best Book for Business Owners (Inc.

Great Finance Book of 2009 (Forbes

Best of 2009 Business Book (Library Journal

"Midler has upended a lot of the assumptions about this factory for the world." (Forbes

“A must-read for people engaged in mainland business.” (South China Morning Post

“Important, timely and entertaining.” (Taipei Times

“Most of the people in Mr. Midler’s position would not dream of disclosing what they see.” (The Economist

“Manages to be both instructive and entertaining.” (National Review

“A fascinating, funny and important book.” (Asia Times

“An invaluable book for anyone considering doing business in China.” (Epoch Times

“A lively dissection of the cultural clash.” (Malaysia’s The Star

“You won’t look at the label ‘Made in China’ the same way.” (Toronto Now

“His warning is worth heeding – is China listening?” (Business Times

"Plenty of laugh-out-loud moments." (Financial Times

“Strongly recommended.” (Bangkok Post)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470405581
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/6/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Midler graduated from college in 1992 with a concentration in Chinese history and language. After working in China for a number of years, he returned to the United States to complete graduate studies in business with a focus on East Asia. Midler holds an MBA from Wharton and a master's in international studies from the University of Pennsylvania's Lauder Institute. In the course of his career, he has assisted companies of all sizes in a diverse range of industries, working directly with hundreds of manufacturers in China.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Vanishing Act.

Chapter 2 Trouble Is My Business.

Chapter 3 “All We Need Is Your Sample”.

Chapter 4 Vice President of Disadvantaged Neighborhoods.

Chapter 5 “I Do Now”.

Chapter 6 Lurid Carnival of Global Commerce.

Chapter 7 And That’s a Good Thing.

Chapter 8 Grains of Toil.

Chapter 9 The China Game.

Chapter 10 The Seven Steps of Problem Solving.

Chapter 11 Counterfeit Culture.

Chapter 12 No Animal Testing.

Chapter 13 Joint Venture Panacea.

Chapter 14 Take the Long Way Home.

Chapter 15 Lucky Diamonds.

Chapter 16 Trophy Trash.

Chapter 17 “You Heard Me Wrong”.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    OK

    Pretty good book about trade with China.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2010

    A must-read for anyone interested in Chinese importing/manufacturing

    What a fun read! I read this book in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed Midler's perspectives.

    I have a couple commonalities with Midler, which made this book particularly relevant to me. First of all, I am an importer. I started importing in 2004, right out of undergrad, and built a fairly large business in the United States over the last 6 years. I couldn't help but laugh at some of his experiences because I have often shared nearly identical tales of manufacturing mishaps over the years. I often have people ask me about starting a business importing from China, and this is going to be a book I recommend to these individuals. It is spot on (although I admittedly would have done a few things different with King Chemical - one of the suppliers in the book, and feel his perspective is a little on the cynical side).

    The other shared experience I have with Midler is that I am a current a MBA/MA student at Wharton and the Lauder Institute (where he completed his MBA/MA - only my emphasis is Spanish/Latin America). I heard about his book through someone at Wharton, and Midler's experience coupled with his education in East Asia added enough credibility in my eyes to warrant a purchase of his book.

    Well done Midler. This book is fun, insightful and is a value add to anyone interested in manufacturing abroad.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Changed my thinking about China ruling the world

    This book is an easy read. I chose it because I was concerned about all the "hype" about being indebted to China. It is just one man's opinion and maybe a limited point of view, but it made me feel better. We need to learn more about China's business culture before we start comparing it with ours.

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