cosmicac wrote:My experience of buying cookware on Woot: if it's made in China, you're not going to like it.
If. otoh, the SS set though seems completely made in Thailand. Don't know about this specific SS product and its bonding to copper, but I've heard Thailand makes good straight up quality stainless pots and pans and has for years.
Nate650 wrote:This Tramontina set at Walmart was rated highly by Cook's Illustrated and is only $10 more.
I may be wrong, but that original set had been made in the USA. They have since switched and they are now made in China (covered on a somewhat recent front page slickdeals thread; you can also refer to the q&a on the walmart page, search for 'made').
acanarelli wrote:I'm so tired of hearing that trite reference to Chinese products...if it's made in China, it's junk!
It was no different 5 or 6 decades ago when American consumers made the very same reference to Japanese products.
I hear you and agree.
That said, there are differences. The Japanese prior had decades of copying (in education, ideas, implementation, design) and cottage industries to rely on and build from, even centuries of specialized industry (steel, art/lacquer, optics). As such, during their transition, if it didn't work, they were going to make it work, improve on it, and make the next advancement.
China generally didn't have this in abundance prior to their boom, so the transition will not be (and hasn't been) as smooth.
This is also reflected in their attitudes and handling of patents and buying up companies.
mgherring wrote:This is not an assertion that I would be proud to make if I were you.
You are aware that one of the main reasons for the economic slide is because those running US companies sell out, right? If pride matters, then you know the failure is entirely on us. We've repeatedly had entire companies sold because those that run it want the cash, only to have them shut down, broken down, with material tech and patents sent overseas, locking us out and losing jobs and industries here.
It's like the Cadillac commercial talking proudly about how Ferrari uses magnetic ride control developed by them. Now look up who actually owns the tech, and whose designs they are really using now.