Provided that is the situation, I often have my doubts if oversight to quality was relaxed that German standards would continue to prevail. We often see inferior or tainted products generated from China. Let me ask this, if identical items, i.e. Metzeler tires, where produced with one labeled "made in Germany" and the other "made in China" and were priced the same, which one would you tend to gravitate and why?
Why would you think quality oversight was relaxed?
You can count on it that Germans were sent to run the plant. Germans are running the Mercedes plant in Vance and the BMW plant in Spartanburg.
In answer to your question, it would be the tire from China. Same reason for not buying UAW made in USA cars, i.e. the labor cost is artificially high and therefore the material cost/quality and engineering cost/quality have to be lowered to keep the "price the same." It often means lots of marketing to sell 1950s stuff in 2015--see Harley and that boat anchor known as the smallblock. It's a world economy now, and there's no future for production with labor costs significantly higher than anywhere else. We're not talking artists or craftspersons here. The German car companies didn't go bankrupt. UAW members aren't boycotting WalMart. Neither you nor I will eat at McDonalds when their workers make $15/hr.
Yes, freight is a little more significant with cars than it is with tires, but freight from China is likely cheaper, too.
Sorry, but this was political from the first post on.
Sent from my Chinese-made iPhone ... or my Chinese-made desktop. Know how to find either made in Germany or the USA?
This on a forum where Harbor Freight seems better to more posters than Snap-On, Hazet, Stahlwille, etc. Where most are satisfied with DIY work which is almost always more inferior than dealer work (where the training comes from Germany). On and on.