Dear All on Orchid
I heard only yesterday that two MORE Toronto jewellery factories
employing well over 250 craftsperson’s are now pulling up stakes and
moving elsewhere. Over to a 3rd world country, I can’t mention the
country by name as some Orchidians might be from ‘that’ country. So
lets just say Southern Oceania…:>). But suffice to say, that our
Canadian and your American jewellery trade is suffering immeasurably
due to this “get up and go” attitude. How in blazes can ‘we’ compete
collectively to the absolute low wages of $1.00 per day. Yes, I did
say $1.00 USF’s, per day, no matter what they do, setting, mfg’ing.
that turns around to only $30.00 per month. If a large company
employing 300 folks, they only have to set aside only $300.00 per
day for all of that work being produced. Big deal !
Can you compete with these numbers?? hardly! One friend of mine has
lost 60% of his business due to this new turn of events. As I stated
on another web-site, “we over here” should teach our retail clients
that ‘this’ ring you are buying is from THIS country. As a friend of
mine said that this is our newer economy, we have a lot of teaching
to do. This way it will make our own pockets richer for it. Try
saying…“Buy Canadian, or Buy American”. I know of one 'box store '
approached a large company up here and said outright, either YOU
move away in total, or you don’t get our business, you are too
expensive. WE will tell you how to much to charge ‘us’. They did
just that and now they are moving! “Gerry, the Cyber-Setter !”…:>(