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Poorly Made in China Audiobook

Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game

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It was a world gone wrong, one in which manufacturers thought little of manipulating product quality levels in order to save the smallest amounts, where savvy foreign business leaders were made to feel in control while they were taken for a ride by their partners, where entire manufacturing facilities sometimes vanished right into thin air... Welcome to Poorly Made in China!

At the height of the boom export manufacturing, Paul Midler returned to East Asia, a recently graduated Wharton MBA. In the right place at the right time, he was sought out by a number of foreign companies who wanted help in navigating the new economy. The adventures came fast, as did the business and cultural lessons.

Poorly Made in China is a dramatic romp through China's export manufacturing sector, one that reveals what really goes on behind the scenes. The story follows the author from one project to the next, taking the reader through a diverse set of industries and revealing a number of challenges. An engaging business narrative told with doses of humor and insight, this true story pulls back the curtain on the rising Chinese economy, providing a closer look at the rough-and-tumble environment in which so many of our consumer products are being made. For those trying to make sense of why so many quality failures could come out of China at once, this book is an especially interesting read.

Poorly Made in China is the tale of a modern-day gold rush and its consequences, the chronicling of a rising economic power and its path along a steep growth curve. Entertaining and eye-opening, the book highlights the extent to which culture affects business dealings, and the ultimate suggestion is that we may have more to be concerned about than product failures alone.

©2009 Paul Midler; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Sarah Auckland, New Zealand 03-12-13
    Sarah Auckland, New Zealand 03-12-13
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    What made the experience of listening to Poorly Made in China the most enjoyable?

    The case studies being given in the first person


    What about Paul Midler’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to and it's great when it's the author.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Quality fade!


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    Kindle Customer mount tabor, NJ United States 03-10-13
    Kindle Customer mount tabor, NJ United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2016
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    "An interesting listen"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have liked a little more in the story about the author's life outside of work


    Do you think Poorly Made in China needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I would be interested to see if the situation with manufacturing in China has changed since the first book came out


    Any additional comments?

    Story was a little flat and didn't wrap up very well

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    michael SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 02-10-13
    michael SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fascinating."
    Would you listen to Poorly Made in China again? Why?

    A great read full of amazing insight into how things are "really done" in China. I appreciate that it is told in a story-based format with personal anecdotes and encounters experienced first hand by the author. it is not some academic talking about things they have "studied" but rather someone who's walked this path for years and gained an incredible insight from his own experiences. It keeps the story flowing from one experience to another. I can't putt it down as I keep waiting to see what happens next!

    Another great thing about the book is that it gives you first-hand examples which are interesting on their face, but he then interprets that behavior based on Chinese culture and ways of doing business so that you can "read between the lines" and understand the true nature of the behavior. Incredible book. So glad I stumbled across it.


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    Ricardo Sao Paulo, Brazil 11-28-12
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    "Some good information about China"

    Good to know and understand what is going on on the other side of the planet. Seems pretty reasonable.

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    David Shawano, WI, United States 11-04-12
    David Shawano, WI, United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A Must Reading For Your Own Education"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Poorly Made in China to be better than the print version?

    This book confirmed my suspicions about the discrepancy of pricing between imported and US made products.


    What other book might you compare Poorly Made in China to and why?

    It has made me extremely aware of the conditions that factory laborers must endure.


    What about Paul Midler’s performance did you like?

    His fluent use of Mandarin and the translation.


    Any additional comments?

    I am wondering if he still lives and works in China after this expose.

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    Robert Hind Winthrop, Western Australia 10-07-12
    Robert Hind Winthrop, Western Australia 10-07-12 Member Since 2017

    Ever since subscribing to Audible I've relished my 90+ minutes commuting each day. I listen mainly to Business and Personal Development titles as well as the occasional biography.

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    "Rethink business plans with China!"
    Would you listen to Poorly Made in China again? Why?

    Yes.. especially before doing business with a Chinese manufacturer.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    If ever you were thinking of developing a business relationship with Chinese manufacturers then this book would make you think again.A great listen. Very insightful.


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    Reece 09-03-12
    Reece 09-03-12
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    "An informative review of manufacturing practices"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, interesting perspectives on business gained


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    interesting perspectives on business


    Did Paul Midler do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, it was his first hand account.


    Did Poorly Made in China inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, review business practices in my company


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    Hilda Vernon, BC, Canada 08-06-12
    Hilda Vernon, BC, Canada 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very enlightening"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very informative about the processes in play at factories in China. I am now leery of buying any liquids made over there!


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    matt taupo, New Zealand 08-02-12
    matt taupo, New Zealand 08-02-12
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    "An overview of the bad side"

    To be blunt the writer tells of bad practises that go on in china, Leaves out the part how a lot of people got rich and and still are getting rich from china imports. More of a heads up for anyone looking at getting into the game.

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    Cory Beeville, TX, United States 07-17-12
    Cory Beeville, TX, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm a 36 yr. old master of no paticular trade, but currently working in the oil patch. I'm not very critical and love to consume audiobooks

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    "Incredibly insightful"

    This book will be the center point of least three discussions the week after you finish it. I’ve always had an opinion about manufacturing in China, but I’ve never quite been able to delineate my problems with it. This book gives an honest insiders opinion and is worth every minute.

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