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  •  I know nothing at all about solar panels, (3+ / 0-)
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    but  I do know about other products that have flooded our markets from China, and the quality is not up to par. Why do I think the Chinese solar panels are simply more of the same.
    I am interested to find out what role the U.S. Chamber of Commerce played in allowing China to bring their solar panels to the USA to compete with American made ones.
    My husband sells packaging, custom packaging. It is used to package various things, among them electronic equipment. His sales have decreased significantly, because the same folks, (China) who supplies them with the electronic equipment, now has been able to produce packaging as well , again, at a cheaper price. It is not the same quality as the packaging made here, but, hell, it is just packaging.
    The way I see it products made in China, are temporary, causing them to be replaced more often, so we can buy more produts made in China. Is that really saving the consumer money? While it works for stores like Wal-Mart, who depends on a constant flow of customers buying low priced products, only to come back in a year to replace them, it doesn't and shouldn't work for the rest of America. It especially should not work with solar panels, where not only it is a large investment on the part of the consumer, but government rebates are also included. If you install solar panels in your home, you should only have to do it once and expect them to last for a long time. I am not defending Solyndra, they may have other problems, but this is true with so many American companies. It is difficult to produce a quality product at a fair price, when China is producing junk at a cheaper price. Child labor is cheap.

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