'Americans prefer Indian products over Chinese'

Written by Agencies | New York, January 27: | Updated: Jan 27 2008, 18:00pm hrs
A majority of Americans are not averse to purchasing made-in-India products, but opposite is the case for those made in China, according to a new survey conducted by renowned US-based business magazine Fortune.

In the wake of some of the American companies, including toymaker Mattel recalling products they sourced from China due to high lead content, nearly three in five (57 per cent) of the US citizens surveyed by Fortune said they were less likely to buy a product if it is made in China.

However, as much as 52 per cent of the survey respondents said such an incident would not affect their purchasing decision if the product is made in India.

In the survey, only 35 per cent of Americans said they were less likely to purchase a product manufactured in India, while 11 per cent said they were more likely to buy such goods.

For China-made products, 11 per cent people said they were more likely to buy these products, while 30 per cent said it did not matter to them whether goods were exported from the dragon country.

Fortune magazine, which surveyed 1,000 adults throughout America between January 14-16, said, "where a product is manufactured does not impact Americans' purchasing decisions except when that product is made in China." "Nearly three-in-five (57 per cent) Americans are less likely to buy a product if it is made in China. When products are manufactured in other areas, such as Eastern Europe (57 per cent), Western Europe (55 per cent), Canada (53 per cent), India (52 per cent), Africa (51 per cent), Mexico (48 per cent), Japan (47 per cent), and South Korea (46 per cent), nearly a majority say it does not matter."