mystery3It's all about QA and regulation enforcement. I have many reasons for my preference for North American and/or European products. I have no doubt that ultra high quality products can be manufactured in China but if there's significant cost savings for the company I'd like to see a piece of it. Liberty's msrp are like $750 and so are Moment's right?
I don't want to write an article about this, but I think I'll shop other brands unless a deal on Liberty Origin 106s pops up and can't be ignored like the $300 Origin 96 I linked above.
I feel you. As far as quality assurance that would vary company to company and factory to factory, so hypothetically the geographic location might not matter right? It's pretty common knowledge that manufacturing in china isn't regulated as thoroughly as it is in America and Europe, however, im sure different companies and factories have their own standards that they abide by independent of china's manufacturing laws, so its really all speculation to how substantial liberty's QA is. It'd be nice to know, and I guess not knowing is as good a reason as any to shop elsewhere
I also feel you in that north America and Europe have more regulation enforcement systemically that china. The comfort factor is definitely significant in that. So, I totally understand and share a bias toward north American and European manufactured products. Personally companies like Moment and ON3P strike a chord with me because they are so transparent about their manufacturing, I ride ON3P's for a reason. That being said, if K2 were to have the same transparency, all other reasons for liking on3p being negated, the fact they are made in china might not matter as much.
I don't own or have any stake in what liberty offers, I just think they make good shit and that for them "made in china" might not mean as much as it does for other brands or other products. nor am I an expert on manufacturing, just trying to learn more on this stuff. If I'm super wrong on any of this feel free to correct me.
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