Folks love to shop, and that shopping is all the more thrilling when the price is right.

Photo Ryn Gargulinski

Photo Ryn Gargulinski

That is, when the price is cheap, cheap, cheap.

Many of the cheaper products, of course, are manufactured in other countries for mere pennies. Once they hit the U.S. they are greedily snatched up by sweaty, bargain-hunting hands.

It doesn’t matter that buying products manufactured overseas can really hurt our own labor force or economy. Nor does it matter that some of the stuff is not of the best quality.

What matters is the price.

Too bad that old adage of getting what we pay for often kicks in.

Like the crib that killed a baby in Iowa.

About 635, 000 Dorel Asia Cribs, made in China and Vietnam, are being recalled, says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Reports on the drop side variety cribs include 31 incidents of drop side dangers, with six kids getting trapped between the drop side and the mattress and three kids getting bruised up from being trapped.

An additional 36 reports of broken slats include seven reports of bruises and scratches and two more reports of kids getting trapped.

The Iowa child who died was trapped and strangled after the parents tried to fix the broken hardware on the drop sides themselves.

American made rocks/Art and photo Ryn Gargulinski

American made rocks/Art and photo Ryn Gargulinski

A quick glance other recent recalls leave us with enough reading to last through March.

MooreCo Spine Align and Posture Perfect Ergonomic Office Chairs, made in South Korea, might do more than align the spine. They could crack it. The chair’s legs have broken and fallen off while people are seated. Three minor injuries reported and probably dozens of embarrassing moments unreported.

Pier 1 Imports glitter candles feature a dashing sprinkle of glitter mixed in with the candle wax. Too bad the glitter has a habit of bursting into flames. Made in Vietnam.

Consumers are asked to be doubly wary if they also purchased the Pier 1 Imports ceramic Santa tea light holder. These items, too, like to burst into flames. Made in China.

China is not having much luck with flammable objects, as a number of LED light kits manufactured there are also on the recall list. The kits, distributed by Rockland, have a battery pack that likes to overheat – and explode.

Let’s not forget about stuff made in Taiwan. The 2010 Redline Conquest Pro Bicycles and Framesets are being recalled because the bike’s fork legs have been separating from the fork crown, pretty much guaranteeing a crash. Three reports of fork leg separation have been reported, one with minor injuries.

Yes, American products get recalled, too. But the bulk of the items included in recent recalls were made elsewhere.

It must also be pointed out that the recalls were officially made by the manufacturers and include official consumer reports. That leaves out the gads of foreign-made products that shatter, explode, fall apart, chip, crack, or poke eyes out on a daily basis.

Cheap may be well and good until somebody loses an eye.


Ryn Gargulinski is a poet, artist, performer and Ryngmaster who has never owned glitter candles but once had an incense holder fall over and melt her glasses. Her column appears every Friday on Rynski’s Blogski. Her art, writing and more is at and E-mail


What do you think?

Are there certain products that you will ONLY buy if made in America? What are they?

Have you ever had a product blow up, break or be recalled? What happened?