Quoting ~Ice Princess~:" <blockquote><b>Quoting khigh:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Mrs cree:</b>" ... [snip!] ... They pay the workers in china less but then you have shipping. They pay workers here more, but no shipping (across seas).???"
They pay Chinese factory workers about $0.45 per hour. Our federal minimum wage is $7.25. That means we're paying them just 6% of what we pay our own workers. Yes, there is shipping and there are tariffs, but with a pay gap that large, it's definitely cheaper to have China make stuff.
Not to mention there are lots of union jobs that pay WAY more than minimum wage.