Whats in a label or badge?

  SparkyJack 14:08 25 Jan 2013

These forum are frequently asked ad vvse which computer to buy. When I comes across such a query, I point out for given specification, starting with a given processor with 2 main suppliers with a third creeping in[ARM]the other components having to match the processor then others [screens]are supplied by comparative few manufacturers, so it goes on until the buyer is doe wn to having to choose which colour thea case or the badge on the case.

This was proven to me I believe to be true, when having decided to purchase a steam cleaner . Hving done my research, Earlex' seemed to be a well regarded brand.. I So a search of Amazon revealed the selected model i made my purchase. It delivered promptly and on examination measured up to the specification and illustration -except for two counts- the colour and name.

Instead of being yellow it is a lustrous chromatic red and the name on the side is EWBANK-.

They make carpet sweepers don't they?

I blamethe Chinese

  wiz-king 14:14 25 Jan 2013

As long as you dont get steamed up about the colour it should be OK.

  morddwyd 20:19 25 Jan 2013

Just think how dull the supermarket would be if all the brands mad by Unilever were labelled as such!

  spuds 12:01 26 Jan 2013

Perhaps in answer to the computer question, it would only take a search to find out how many of these products are manufactured from the same factory or possibly the same production line, and are then re-badged. The same might apply to food products with store own brand labelling, and many other every day items that we use, and take for granted.

The we have the once well known names, which no longer exist, mainly due to mergers and take-overs, or the company closing down completely. We even have the situations, that a name change doesn't even suggest the product or company, because the meaning as been lost in translation or intent to the 'average' person. Didn't the good old Royal Mail have a name change, that made the public confused, and was then decided 'better the name the name you know, than the name you don't'?.

As you might rightly say "I blame the Chinese", but for how long. Because I have noticed recently that some UK companies that rushed to have their products made in cheaper nations, are now having a rethink, possibly because the workers 'of these cheaper nations' are becoming more savvy in negotiation for higher wages and better working conditions.

What comes around usually goes around?.

  finerty 12:33 26 Jan 2013

there is a free economy and computer sales and parts are part of the economy, regrdless if they are chinese or americano

  spuds 12:46 26 Jan 2013

We often hear of this 'free economy', but is there really one, taking into consideration that movement of items takes a lot of red tape and/or government's intervention. America as one of the higher rate of regulations regarding imports and exports, especially on IT equipment.

  morddwyd 19:50 26 Jan 2013

What's in a label indeed!

Digressing slightly, I was doing some online shopping recently and saw some tinned catfish.

Thinking it would be a nice change from sardines I ordered half a dozen.

When it arrived it turned out not to be catfish at all, but tinned fish for cats!

It was returned forthwith. Horsemeat is one thing, but fish guts is another!

  Aitchbee 20:45 26 Jan 2013

I tend to always body-swerve the 'pet foods aisle' at my local big name store, in case I 'take a fancy' to try some of 'em out ;o]

  john bunyan 22:22 26 Jan 2013


These days Unilever products carry the stylised U symbol. Each product is aimed at a different market niche; Marmite is clearly different from Dove, or Persil or Flora. In the case of particular sectors , such as spreads, there are no products that are identical but in different packaging. ( I declare an interest as my civilian job and pension are from that company!)

  Graham* 01:07 27 Jan 2013

What comes around usually goes around? Explain, what does this mean?

  Ex plorer 11:37 27 Jan 2013

Means many things, in many instances.

In SPUDS instance the last sentence explains (What comes around goes around) means.

Some UK company's found a cheaper option to have there goods made in another country so after setting up new factory's etc. still saved them money.

It was good while it lasted, now the work force want better working conditions and higher pay.

Taking every thing into account it would have been cheaper to stay in the UK.

They took employment from UK and gave it to another to be more competitive.

They now regret there actions, as it will cost more abroad than it would have in the UK in the long run.

The goods now will be have to hiked up higher in price and be less competitive than if they stayed in the UK.

My way of looking at it in this instance.

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