Has this thread digressed ...
Bringing it back to buying Chinese goods, maybe a comparison to good Mexican food is in order. How much should a person pay for a tasty meal that is essentially cheese wrapped in tortillas? What is the cost of raw materials? How much am I paying for the labor in the back vs the marketing ( "ambiance"), etc...? What about competitors and, if too high of price for tortillas and cheese, what about steak or fish instead?
For Chinese goods, Vietnamese packs, and Eastern european shoes (or even a German-branded auto which is actually made in eastern Europe or the southern US), how much premium do we pay for just brand recognition instead of actual craftsmanship (great sewing in our case) and premium materials?
If companies are saving all this money moving manufacturing overseas (not just outdoor gear), shouldn't we as consumers be seeing prices drop, especially in this economy? In economic self-interest, shouldn't consumers just wait for a sale? Once it's across the border, the onus is on the manufacturer or retailer to get rid of it.
(Disclaimer: there are some brands I love even though they manufacture in China, Mexico, etc... and even a couple I will consider buying at retail).