Americans prefer Indian products to Chinese: study

New York, Jan 27 | Updated: Jan 28 2008, 05:44am 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 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 of the US citizens surveyed by Fortune said they were 'ess likely to buy a product if it is made in China.

However, as much as 52% f 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% of Americans said they were less likely to purchase a product manufactured in India, while 11% said they were more likely to buy such goods.

For China-made products, 11% people said they were more likely to buy these products, while 30% 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 and16, said, "Where a product is manufactured does not impact Americans' purchasing decisions except when that product is made in China."

Besides recalls of China-made products, one such incident has happened in case of India-made product as well in the recent past.

Illinois-based Raja Foods, which sells Swad brand of sindoor (vermillion) sourced from India, recalled 280 packages of the product last month after US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that consumers should not use the product because of high lead content.