Taxes may have a huge impact.
lack of Competition
perceived Brand Value
No one buys a Buick in America anymore, but it is the no1 brand for GM in China
Try to buy a non Indian built car in India, it is about 100 % more that you can find the same car in Europe due to import taxes.
I travel all over the world, the cheapest place for brand name electronics/ appliances is USA. Clothes also seem cheaper in America.
China is great for off brand electronics, but it is a crap shoot with quality.
The U.S. Department of Commerce will impose tariffs on some imported appliances - this after it ruled on Monday that some appliances are being dumped on the U.S. market.
The DoC made a preliminary determination in an anti-dumping investigation of large residential washing machines being imported from South Korea and Mexico. The investigation came in response to a petition filed by Whirlpool Corp. in December 2011. "Dumping" happens when a foreign company sells a product in the United States at less than fair value.
The DoC estimated 2011 imports of large residential washers from Mexico were valued at $434 million and imports of washers from Korea were valued at $569 million.
As a result of the ruling, producers who make the appliances in Mexico and South Korea - such as Electrolux, LG, Samsung, and Daewoo - will be required to pay cash deposits to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on washers imported to the U.S. starting in August 2012 at the rates found in the preliminary determination.
The DoC announced cash deposit rates for three Korean appliance makers:
all other Korean producers/exporters: 11.36%
The DoC said the margin for Daewoo was based on adverse facts available (AFA) because of its failure to cooperate in the investigation.
Cash deposit rates for Mexican producers are:
all other Mexican producers/exporters: 33.30%
The DoC also announced a 72.41% cash deposit rate for Whirlpool Corp.'s Mexican operations - but Whirlpool no longer ships washers from Mexico for sale in the U.S. For that reason Whirlpool will not pay cash deposits related to this ruling.
The DoC said the margins for Samsung and Whirlpool were based on AFA because of the companies' failure to cooperate in the investigation.
The anti-dumping investigation is ongoing, and the DoC will undertake an in-depth audit of the information provided by the appliance makers before issuing the final determinations in December 2012.