Buying Quality Doesn't Have To Cost You Hot
It is no surprise that many, if not most of the tools sold in stores today are knockoffs that are made in China. But it might surprise you to learn that for just a few dollars more you can get the originals that all of these cheap tools are copying.
Original Estwing 16oz Hammer - $20 (made in USA) - Amazon ($27)
Name brand Chinese copy - $17
Original Shark Corp. 10-inch Prybar - $17 (made in Japan) - Amazon
Name brand Chinese copy - $15
Spring Tools Hammer-less Nailsets - $10 (made in USA) - Amazon
Name brand Chinese (hammer required) Nailsets - $8
Original Channellock 12-inch Tongue and Grove Pliers (made in USA) - $16 - Amazon
Name brand Chinese copy - $14
These are just a few examples of the original tools only costing a few dollars more then the tools made in China. After reading about what goes into Chinese OEM tools, it does seem like a no brainier to spend a little extra to get a tool you know will last. Not to say that all Chinese versions will not last, but why chance it? Plus you would be supporting countries and businesses that actually care about their workers. The original tools are becoming harder to find, and big box stores are mostly selling the Chinese knockoffs, but if check the smaller hardware and tool stores you will have better luck. Amazon also comes to the rescue and sells all of the Original tools listed above. If you have any examples of your own, please share them in the comments below.